Are you thinking about adding a sunroom to your home? Before you begin construction, there are a few things you should know. In this guide, we’ve included all of the information you need about adding a sunroom, including benefits and design ideas.

Benefits of a Sunroom

There are enough benefits of a sunroom to fill an entire book, but for simplicity’s sake, we’ve narrowed it down to our top five.

Peace and Relaxation

Adding a sunroom to your home provides you with an additional space for peace and relaxation. Make it your sanctuary with wind chimes, a table-top water feature, and other accents that bring you peace.

A Close Connection With Nature

Nature is beautiful, but sometimes, it can also be obnoxious. Have you ever tried to enjoy a lovely morning on the deck, only to be harassed by intrusive insects or strong winds? A sunroom gives you a close connection with nature without the downsides. Enjoy your tea and break out your watercolor paints without interruption. 

Boost Your Home’s Value

Depending on where you live and your local climate, a sunroom can add value to your home and become a great selling point if you ever decide to move. Of course, this all depends on the quality of the build and the materials used.

A Healthy Dose of Sunshine

We could all benefit from a little more sunshine in our lives. Studies show that the sun’s rays provide us with many physical and mental health benefits, including Vitamin D production, mood improvement, and so much more.

Air Purification

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Weeping Fig Plant for natural air-purification in your sunroom.

There are so many air-purifying plants that thrive in direct sunlight. A sunroom provides the perfect environment for the growth of several different kinds of plants, allowing you to reap the benefits of cleaner, healthier air in your entire home. Check out this blog post on air-purifying plants to add to your sunroom.

3 Things You Should Know Before Adding a Sunroom

Location is Key

If you’ve already started planning your sunroom addition, you probably know exactly where you want to build it. But did you take the sun’s position into consideration? An east-facing sunroom can be wonderful in the mornings, but cold and colorless in the early evening.

By contrast, a placement on the west side of your home could feel more like an oven during long summer days. Decide when you’ll use your sunroom most often—first or last half of the day—and choose a location that will accommodate your preferences.

Temperature Will Vary

A sunroom is a glass-encased structure that usually isn’t equipped with temperature control. More often than not, the sunroom comes with a few windows for a nice breeze, but rarely does it have a heating or air conditioning.

Think about your local climate. If you live in an area with harsh summers and winters, you may want to add temperature control to your sunroom—or at least some form of temporary shade for those long summer seasons.

There Are Sunroom Alternatives

Sunrooms are ideal for mild weather conditions, but in extreme temperatures, a sunroom can easily become too hot or too cold for comfort. If this is a problem for you, you may want to consider an alternative.

A four-season room is similar, but it is built with temperature control and additional insulation. This way the room can be enjoyed all year round. A screen room is another option. They are encased in mesh, rather than glass, which makes it a more natural way to experience the outdoors. There are also three-season rooms, greenhouse attachments, and more sunroom alternatives for you to choose from.

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Screen room porch example for air flow and natural temperature regulation.

Sunroom Ideas

Here are a few sunroom ideas to help you design your perfect place of peace and tranquility.

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Beautiful sunroom with a brick floor in the color Castle Gate.

  • Avoid using carpet in sunrooms. Instead, we suggest using thin brick for a more natural aesthetic that looks fantastic with any design.
  • Make your space cozy and comfortable with plush loveseats, armchairs, pillows, and throws. For the wintertime, you could even add a fuzzy rug.
  • Fill your sunroom with plants to bring you closer to nature and provide you with fresh, clean air.
  • Use your room as an additional creative space for painting, writing, or musical pursuits.
  • Add a small breakfast table and a set of chairs for warm, wonderful mornings.

Start Your Design

Begin planning your design from the ground up with Old Mill Brick. With our revolutionary Brickwebb, you can add brick to your floors, walls, doorways, and more in just one weekend. Explore our twelve different brick styles for the perfect addition to your dream sunroom.