Sunrooms can be amazing additions to a house. They add light, provide a fun place to relax, and add value to your home. If you are looking to add one of these beautiful additions to your home, then you have a lot of decisions ahead of you. Deciding what you want out of your sunroom means balancing your personal desires for sunroom layouts and what layouts will work best with your location, budget, and the existing homes around you.
When looking at sunroom layouts, consider your options first. Finding the right combination for your sunroom layout makes for the best end product.
Floor to Ceiling Glass
Many sunrooms don’t have traditional walls but use glass for both walls and ceiling. This lets in the maximum amount of light but depending on your area might also become difficult to keep clean and looking nice.
Another option is to have brick or wood walls built into the walls and leave the glass for only the top half of the walls. This can have a nice homey feeling and also provide a bit more privacy.
Tile or stone flooring is good to consider when planning out your sunroom layout. It looks nice and stands up well to consistent sun exposure.
Types of Windows
A big consideration in sunroom layout is the type of window you want. A sunroom is made for sun access, so your windows are really a focal point. You’ll also want to consider the type of glass that you use by keeping insulation in mind. You don’t want to wind up losing a lot of energy through the glass in your sunroom. If you need help installing windows HTPB can help you with your install.
Hinged windows allow for great ventilation and if you get windows that open from the bottom rather than the side you can even leave them open if it rains without worrying about water damage.
Sliding windows involve two glass panes where one slides over the other creating an opening for air to travel in and out. These can be more expensive than your hinged options but allow for more air to travel through your sunroom.
Fixed windows are best used in your sunroom layout in higher portions of your glass area. As these do not open to ventilate, they work best where it would be difficult for you to operate them. Lots of fixed windows are great for allowing a room to feel like it is outdoors, but they do limit airflow.
Shades or blinds
Shades and blinds contribute to your sunroom’s layout by offering privacy. But that privacy comes at the price of lessening your view and the openness of your room. Before installing shades and blinds consider where you may (and may not) need that added privacy.
Seats and tables
Consider sun resistance and exposure when choosing furniture for your sunroom. You may also want to consider heat—metal may not be a good choice for a room that is designed to sit in the sun. In fabrics, you’ll want to consider cotton-polyester blends since they are easy to clean and durable.
For furniture style, consider more rustic designs as they tend to work well with the idea of a sunroom. Light colors tend to stand up better to light without obvious fading.
One last thing to consider in your sunroom layout is putting in a ceiling fan. There are different options for how to do this, but a ceiling fan can be a lifesaver in keeping air circulating in a sunroom. This will help the room from getting too hot or stagnant.
If you are looking to add a sunroom to your home or any other home additions, consider contacting HTPB for additional services. Having an expert on your side can make the entire process more pleasant.