Patio Room Additions, Sun Rooms and Garden & Green Houses

Ideal for relaxing in the best of environments – sun shine, open spaces, windows all about and surrounded by your favorite plants and greenery thriving in this room of endless possibilities.  The Patio, Sun or Garden & Green Room; this addition to the home can provide year-round comfort, relaxation and enjoyment.

Sun Room or Patio with lots of windows for greenery to grow and Side Deck

In this article you will learn …

  • The differences between a sunroom and room addition
  • Factors to consider when deciding between these two options
  • How to decide between a three season and all season sunroom

A three season room is typically not insulated for winter weather, so in four season climates it will sometimes be too cold to use during winter months, unless the sun is shining and you have a nice safe space heater handy.  Having a ceiling fan helps push the warm air that is rising down around your feet.

It typically does not have its own central air-conditioning for summer weather either.  An all season room can be used every day of the year. It is properly insulated for every season, has a heating and cooling unit and is a fully functioning room just like any other room in your home.

Many people are finding it economically smart to expand their existing home rather than move to a larger home; or they may wish to stay in their current neighborhood for other reasons. Regardless, when it is time to add on, you should consider which option is best? . . .  A room addition or a sunroom?

A sunroom is an all-encompassing term that can be either a three season room or a four season room; it could also be a solarium, which is a all season room with a glass roof.

What are the differences between sunrooms and room additions?

Four Season Sunroom Addition Picture

Four Season Sunroom Addition

  • Suitable for any room addition – Yes
  • Fully Functioning Heat & A/C – Yes
  • Assembled or Built in Climate Controlled Conditions – Yes
  • Highest Energy Efficiency Possible – Yes
  • Degree of Cost Control during Construction – High
  • Possibility of Construction Delays – Low
  • Average Cost – Higher

Three Season Sunroom Picture

Three Season Sunroom

  • Suitable for any room addition – Yes
  • Fully Functioning Heat & A/C – No, Portable Units are OK
  • Assembled or Built in Climate Controlled Conditions – Yes
  • Highest Energy Efficiency Possible – Yes, for intended seasons
  • Degree of Cost Control during Construction – High
  • Possibility of Construction Delays – Low
  • Average Cost – Less expensive

Stick-built Addition or Traditional Sunroom Picture

Stick-built Addition or Traditional Sunroom

  • Suitable for any room addition – Yes
  • Fully Functioning Heat & A/C – Yes
  • Assembled or Built in Climate Controlled Conditions – No
  • Highest Energy Efficiency Possible – No
  • Degree of Cost Control during Construction – Low
  • Possibility of Construction Delays – High
  • Average Cost – Highest

A room addition is built on site: the foundation, the walls and roof are built, windows and doors are hung, and insulation, roofing and siding finish the building. A sunroom is a prefabricated modular addition to your home. It is built indoors under climate-controlled conditions, so there is no danger of building materials becoming mildewed or warped from weather exposure; then it is transported to your location and set in place.

A sunroom is a pre-fabricated sunrooms have more efficient insulation because the insulation is installed at the factory where all areas of the unit can be easily accessed as the sunroom is created. Conversely, it can be difficult to access, caulk and insulate portions of a stick-built addition. Construction for a pre-fabricated sunroom is less costly than a stick built addition and construction is not hampered by weather delays, so your addition is likely to be finished when promised. The other great thing about a modular sunroom addition is that the quality is checked throughout the construction process for consistency. And, of course, there is no limit on the design, style or amenities that you can choose with a modular sunroom.

Finally, there is no comparison between a sunroom addition and a stick built addition when it comes to the square footage of glass. Room additions use narrow, double hung windows with standard sizes which results in a considerable amount of fill material. Patio Enclosures sunroom additions employ edge to edge glass for a 180° view with glass from floor to ceiling improving ambient light that results in more usage of the room.

Consider the Use and Purpose of Your Room Addition

Room Addition Picture

In the final analysis, the best option should be based on your purpose and vision for the room. If you are looking for more family living space, a three season or four season room can easily meet that goal; you just need to determine if your room requires fully functioning heat and air-conditioning or if three seasons of use will suffice. Keep in mind that a four season room addition can be suitable for nearly any type of addition. For example, a four season sunroom can be a great way to expand your kitchen and dining area or turn your bedroom into a spacious, luxurious suite.

Contact us at Remodeling Louisville Today!  For an expert analysis and professional assessment of your Room Addition Possibilities.

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