Sunroom / July 19, 2018 / Odo Vaillancour
Having a sunroom in your home will pay for itself not only in the amount of pleasure it brings to you and your family but because it will make your home more marketable in one of the tightest real estate markets in decades. Before You Build Your Sunroom Being able to afford the most expensive sunroom in the world will get you absolutely nowhere if your local building and zoning codes do not allow you to construct it. So pay a visit to your zoning board and find out not only whether you can actually add a sunroom to your home but also if there are any restrictions as to its dimensions and design. After youve been cleared for sunroom construction you will have to think about whether you are simply going to build your sunroom on an existing deck or porch or whether it will sit on its own foundation.
Using a sunroom kit means you wont have access to a contractor who can assess your lot your plans for the sunroom and your budget and prepare a sunroom plan for you but sunroom kits are available in enough sizes and styles that youre sure to find something close to what youd have a contractor design. And you will be saving a serious chunk of change by not using a contractor! The first thing to consider in choosing a sunroom kit is the location of your future sunroom. If you choose unwisely you could end up with a sunroom which is too warm in the summer or too cold in the winter. If you anticipate using your sunroom all year long make sure both that its location will minimize the weather extremes and that you choose a four season sunroom kit. High And Low-End Sunroom Kits Four season sunroom kits because of their specialty high-performance glass and extra insulation are the most expensive and the most challenging to construct. A low-end sunroom kit on the other hand will contain lightweight aluminum frames and walls of plastic or very basic windows. While this sunroom kit is by far the easiest to assemble it will probably require you to add screens so that you can open the windows for ventilation in the summer and will not work as a cold-weather room. Your sunroom kit will contain modules with all the materials you need for your sunroom already in place and all that you will have to do is mount your sunroom on an existing porch or patio or on a foundation if you have poured one. You will have to give the sunroom manufacturer complete information regarding the dimensions of your sunroom the kind of glass insulation and framing you want and what materials will be used for its interior and exterior finishing.
But if you dont have a slab or deck already then you will need to decide on the proper location for your sunroom. You will also need to grade and prepare the area before you can begin construction. This obviously changes the amount of work that you will be requiring of yourself when installing your do it yourself sunroom kit. Of course you could always hire a contractor to put in the slab for a block foundation sunroom and then build the rest of it yourself. Choosing the Type of Do It Yourself Sunroom Kit When you are ordering a sunroom kit realize that it is usually designed for a sunroom that is not going to be connected to your HVAC system. If you want your sunroom to be heated or cooled by your existing system then that is likely not a project you will want to take on with your do it yourself sunroom kit.