The Many Uses and Benefits of a Sunroom

Lady reading in sunroom

Are you thinking of adding a sunroom to your home? If so, you’re in good company. 

There are so many wonderful reasons to add a sunroom to your existing home that it could take a full book to name them all.  A sunroom is probably the most multi-use room that a home can have. We already know that it provides a generous amount of light and the ability to feel that you’re almost outside in nature but also protected from the elements. It’s a wonderful place for plants and a lovely space to relax. But there’s more, much more!

If you have a sunroom, or are thinking of adding one to your home, here are some of the many ways to use a sunroom:

sunroom as a family room

  1. A family room. If your home has a living room for your guests but lacks a more relaxed room for just you and your family, adding on a sunroom can be an excellent use for you and your family to relax, away from distractions. Here you can play games, relax and watch the great outdoors, chat, or anything else your heart desires.
  2. A Dining room. Eating outside in the warm weather is great but can be an insect filled annoyance. And the weather doesn’t always cooperate. But imagine eating in your sunroom. Using your sunroom as a dining room is probably best if your kitchen is close by for convenience. Being so close to the outdoors is a sure fire way to contribute to a relaxing eating experience. If your sunroom is too small for a large dining table, consider a smaller table for morning coffee.
  3. A Hobby room. Hobbies are a wonderful way to spend your time, but some of them take up a lot of space. Having a sunroom can be a great space for a hobby or craft especially if the craft demands lots of light. Having a dedicated space for your hobby whether it takes up the full sunroom or is in one zone of your sunroom will make organizing your hobby so much easier. 
  4. A Home office. Many of us are working from home and sometimes a corner in the living room or the kitchen island just doesn’t cut it. If your home doesn’t have a dedicated den for an office, you can configure your new sunroom into a workspace. If your sunroom is large enough, you may only need part of the room as an office. Sitting in a room full of natural light will likely help to keep your mood positive. 
  5. A Children’s playroom. If you have young children, you may want a dedicated space for them to play. It also means their toys aren’t all over the place in the rest of your home. Here they can play games, read and be protected from the elements.
  6. A Pet room. Your pets need sunshine too. Put out some pet beds and toys and let them sunbathe and enjoy the breeze.
  7. A Chill out room. Maybe you just want a space to look at the beautiful view and nap, read or relax. Simple. 
  8. A Yoga/Meditation room. Many people find the natural light and views of a beautiful garden inspirational and perfect for yoga and meditation.
  9. An Entertainment room. If your living room is small or cramped, and you love entertaining friends, try having your friends hang out in your sunroom. Add a sound system, comfortable chairs and a bar, and voila!, you have a perfect space for fun and entertainment.
  10. A Guest room. If your home is filled with family and you have no dedicated guest room, you can turn your sunroom into a guest room in a moment’s notice. It could be as easy as adding a pullout couch or a hideaway bed. Make sure to have blinds or curtains in order to have privacy for your guest(s).

sunroom as a dinning room

5 Reasons to Add a Sunroom to Your Home

1. Increase Your Home’s Value

If you add square footage and functional space you are sure to add value to your home. Studies done by the National Association of Realtors conclude that adding a sizeable amount of square footage to a home will boost its sale price by as much as 30 percent. But in order to legally add square footage to a home, the sunroom must be a four season sunroom. But even a three season sunroom or a screened in porch will certainly add value, although not as much as a four season sunroom.

Curb appeal also adds value. Sunrooms are usually designed to enhance the look of your home and this certainly will enhance the selling price.

And since adding a sunroom is less expensive than a regular room, it’s a win-win situation. 

2. Reduce Your Electric Bill

Since your sunroom will be filled with light for many hours every day, you will be able to reduce the use of lights and even heat in the daytime, perhaps reducing your electric bill. 

3. Experience Health Benefits

When you add a sunroom you obviously add sunlight. Regular exposure to sunlight can boost your health in several ways. Here are a few possible benefits. 

  • Vitamin D is an essential vitamin. Regular sunlight is the best way for your body to assimilate it. It can help maintain strong bones, and keep your immune system strong.
  • Lower Blood Pressure: If you have high blood pressure, regular sunlight can help lower it to a manageable level. 
  • Lower Cholesterol: Some studies show that sunlight may lower cholesterol.
  • Natural sunlight can help ward off depression and even enhance sleep.

4. Be Protected from UV Rays

There are many choices for low-E coated double-pane insulated glass. This glass will still allow health giving sunlight to flood your sunroom but without the damaging UV rays. Not only will you be protected from harmful rays, but your furniture and flooring will be protected from fading. 

5. Experience the Life Giving Benefits of Plants

If you love plants, then you’ll be happy to know that a sunroom is the perfect place for them. With the correct care, they will flourish here. But the best part is that they are good for your health too. Plants improve air quality, and help reduce stress levels. Their beauty will raise your spirits on cloudy days and create an overall feeling of well-being. 

Sunshine Sunrooms has been helping homeowners design and build sunrooms, kitchens, and bathrooms since 1993. We offer individualized services based on each of our client’s specific budgets, vision and needs. Call us at (972) 243-5390 for all your design, construction, and repair needs or contact us online to request a quote.

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