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September 28, 2012

How can I get the most out of my sunroom?

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With any investment like a sunroom, you want to be sure you are making the best decisions possible to get the most bang for your buck. Here are a few tips on how to accomplish just that:

1. Make sure you install it in a sunny spot. Sunrooms are meant to let in light, but they can’t if you install yours on the dark side of your house! Here in the northern hemisphere, the sunniest side of the house is usually the southern side, while the northern side stays mostly in the shade. If the south side of your home has no room for a sunroom, consider installing the addition on the east side if you are a morning person and enjoy the sunrise, or on the west side if you’d like to enjoy beautiful evenings and sunsets.

2. Remove any natural dangers. Old, rotting trees can fall at the drop of a hat. Even trees that seem healthy can be felled by heavy storms. If you have any trees or other natural dangers that could pose a risk to your sunroom, it is wise to take pre-emptive action by hiring a professional to cut them down. If you’re feeling guilty, you can always plant new saplings in a safer location on your property.

3. Install screens on the windows that you can open. With all that sunlight pouring through the windows, it’s safe to assume it might get hot in your sunroom! Make sure you have a few windows that open, or invest in solar screens, which make the room about the same temperature as under a shade tree on a hot summer day. Using the solar screens alone would make the room comfortable most days and it would cut the cost of AC in half on the hotter days. Air conditioning can definitely be enjoyable but it can also get expensive, so it is best to have other options available for cooling down.

4. Don’t fill it up with clutter. A messy room is much less likely to be used. Don’t let your belongings pile up in your sunroom, whether they are on the floor, chairs, tables or even shelves. Leaving the room tidy is a great way to reserve that space for relaxation away from the stresses of everyday life.

5. Give the room a purpose. A sunroom with a purpose is likely to be used more often than one that is just for decoration. If you’re a musician, maybe your sunroom could be your practice room. Some people even turn their sunrooms into full kitchens, dining rooms, or even bedrooms (hopefully with the right curtains so neighbors can’t see in)! Designating the sunroom as the location for daily activities is a great way to spend more time soaking up that sunlight, even if you have to be productive while you’re doing it!

If you have any questions about adding a sunroom to your home, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would be glad to help you out!

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