Many of us have an unused corner of the house that soon turns into a cluttered storage space—it’s too small to turn into a bedroom, but is bigger than a closet. As a result, it ends up accumulating knick-knacks, a few storage bins and maybe a piece of discarded furniture. Why let this space go to waste? One of the latest trends in renovation is utilizing every area of your house in order to make a more comfortable living space and to add value to your home. A great long-term investment for your small addition is turning it into a sunroom.
A Unique Space
Sun porches have been around for centuries. They became popular in southern states because of year-round sunshine, and most were built out of necessity. Without air conditioning, a screened-in outdoor living area was needed during the hot summer months. However, this trend soon became fashionable in the northern states as well. By turning screens into windows, one could enjoy the outdoors while huddled up against the winter weather. Nowadays, they can be found everywhere due to their new modern design mixed with an old-world charisma.
By turning a mudroom or small alcove into a sun porch, a relaxing oasis is suddenly created. Imagine reading, napping, or watching TV on a hot summer’s day where you have the opportunity to be cool and comfortable inside, yet not feel guilty about missing the sunny day outside. Or, if it’s the dead of winter and you’re cozy, all wrapped up with blankets on your couch but you still get to watch the snow fall and birds fly south. Watch the rain while staying dry. Be a part of nature without being bit by mosquitoes. It’s the best of the both worlds, all year round.
But these outdoor-indoor living spaces don’t just have to be a quiet getaway. If you have a bigger space, turn this particular space into a den, library, office, or a dining space. Imagine doing work or paying bills while encased in a tranquil portico. Since these rooms are so enticing, make it a place where people have the chance to congregate and enjoy them. Enclose it entirely in glass and turn it into a makeshift greenhouse, a place to store your plants during the winter months. Put in a portable fireplace and all of a sudden you have sky lodge right in your home.
Big or small? Hardwood or carpet? Do you want a sunroom or keep it looking like a deck? Do you want it with screens or windows or both? Keep it open to the house or install some French doors? Open up the space by surrounding it with windows or have it be more shaded with less entryways and exits? Make it another functional room with tables, chairs and window treatments, or decorate it with sparse furnishing to keep it calm and subtle? As you can see, the design and ambiance of a sun porch is limitless.
The only thing to pay attention to is your own style, and the best way to make your imagination into a reality is to hire an addition or remodeling contractor. These professional builders will be able to guide you during the project by being as hands-on as you want. If you have a smaller space, you may be able to do a lot yourself, but for bigger room, upper-level construction or a completely new addition, hire an expert who knows what they’re doing.
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