A Sunroom addition is an investment toward your lifestyle that will benefit you all year long. Sunrooms are listed among the Top 10 Remodeling Projects in Remodeling Magazine’s annual report. This report compares construction costs with resale values for 25 common remodeling projects.
When you consider a sunroom’s value at resale, the addition of a sunroom to a house or deck costs only 20 to 25 cents on the dollar, the other 75 to 80 cents spent on a sunroom addition goes directly back into the home through increased value. Don’t forget about the enjoyment you’ll get from using the sunroom – which can be a getaway vacation in your own backyard!
A Sunroom Addition Investment is Different from Other Investments
A sunroom is something you and your family will use to entertain, relax, and just get away from it all. All-Craft sunroom owners frequently say, “our only regret is… we wish we had done it sooner.”
Cost of a Sunroom Addition
Seemingly small differences in size, scope, or quality of finishes can dramatically affect the final cost of a sunroom addition. It’s important to remember that even in neighbourhoods in the same city, local conditions can affect both the cost and value of a remodeling project, making a builder’s estimate appear too high or too low.
In an actual real estate transaction, the “cost recouped” for a given remodeling project depends on a variety of factors including the condition of the rest of the house, the value of similar homes nearby, and the rate at which property values are changing in the surrounding area. A home’s urban, suburban, or rural setting also affects its value, as does the availability and cost of new and existing homes in the immediate vicinity.
Sunroom Design Ideas
How Do I Design a Sunroom Addition?
When designing a sunroom, All-Craft works with clients to ensure they make design choices that will suit their lifestyle needs. How you plan to use the sunroom will determine both the size of the sunroom, and the materials you should use. (For example, an outdoor kitchen sunroom addition will have different needs and require different materials compared to a lounging sunroom design). It is important to choose a sunroom that is versatile, and a style that matches the architecture of your home.
Quality is a critical aspect to consider when designing and building a sunroom. Our professional contractors have demonstrated that they will use quality materials to construct your sunroom. After all, a sunroom is an extension of your biggest investment – your home! At All-Craft, we ensure that your new sunroom will provide many years of trouble-free use.
To view ideas for your custom sunroom, view our completed sunroom design gallery!
Common Uses for a Sunroom
Sunroom additions are the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors without interference from the weather. Popular sunroom uses include:
Add extra space to your home
Bring the outdoors inside
Keep bugs out (screened sunroom)
A place to relax and enjoy the garden
Place for pets or plants
Playroom for children and grandchildren
Hobby, crafting or exercise room
Place to read, relax, retreat and nap
Place to work
Entertainment area for special occasions, birthday parties or holidays
Size and Location of a Sunroom
First, think about how you plan to use your new sunroom, the design could change depending on what you want to use your sunroom for. Next, decide on the best location on your property for a sunroom. Finally, decide on a size that will best fit your needs. Developing a budget may help you answer these questions.
Deciding on the optimum location for your custom sunroom addition depends on how your sunroom will be used, and on your regional area. Sunlight exposure varies throughout the day and directional orientations will yield different effects from the sunlight. That being said, many homeowners add their sunrooms to the back of their homes for additional privacy.
Many people use sunrooms for leisure, relaxation, and casual dining. It is beneficial to consider the traffic flow in your home; this will help decide where to position the sunroom. Sunrooms are often built off the kitchen or family room as these are the most used rooms in the house.
Choosing a Sunroom Builder
Focus on quality and trust when you meet with a contractor, instead of the budget and timeline. It is important to trust and feel comfortable with the contractor who will be working on your home. Be cautious of lowball bids. When considering quality of work, “you get what you pay for” applies here.
Make sure that the sunroom builder is licensed and insured with a reputable firm. A good first question to ask is if they are a member of the Nova Scotia Home Builders Association. Choose an established company in the area who will be around to provide you with assistance should a problem arise.
Make sure the company you consider answers all your questions and gives you enough information to make an educated buying decision. Check with your local Better Business Bureau to see if there are any complaints on file. If there are, it’s important to know whether those complaints were resolved.
The company should provide you with accurate to-the-penny pricing, without any hidden costs. Be careful about estimates or bids – they are often unreliable, and you may find yourself paying more for the sunroom project than you were led to believe.
The company should have a process to immediately notify you of changes or delays in the project’s schedule. The company should take care of obtaining the building permits and arrange for the final inspection. Make sure that the company does in fact acquire a permit, this is their responsibility. Without valid permits and certificate of occupancy, you might not be able to resell your home with the sunroom in place.
The company should provide you with a complete and thorough walk through inspection of the finished product. Make sure the company or contractor warrants their materials for several years. Finally, be sure that you’re totally satisfied with your finished sunroom!
How to Make Sunroom Additions Affordable
Your sunroom should be custom-built for your home. Choose a company who can design and build the sunroom to complement your home and suit your needs. Look for a sunroom builder in your area who can provide you with financing options to work within your budget.
Avoiding Sunroom Installation and Service Nightmares
A good sunroom builder will educate you on the entire building process, then they will follow that process while building your custom sunroom. The process begins with careful measurements and a site inspection. These pre-emptive steps are taken to check for concerns that might have an impact on the project later on.
Your sunroom builder should prepare the construction documents and permit applications required for the project. Once acquired, the builder then submits the necessary documentation to the local building department. Your builder should also arrange for the necessary inspections during the installation process, and at the end of the project.
The sunroom installation crew should be well mannered, hardworking, and considerate of your home and property. A lead foreman should be visiting the job site daily.
Manufacturer and Service Warranties
Make sure the sunroom builder offers a service warranty in the event that a mistake is made during the building process. A manufacturer’s warranty should cover the material used in the construction for several years. Workmanship guarantees should cover the project for at least the first year. A manufacturer’s material warranty is usually separate from the builder’s service warranty.
A warranty is only as good as the company that stands behind it. You need to be able to count on the sunroom builder in case you ever need warranty service on your sunroom. Learn about All-Craft’s warranty.
If you would like to receive a quote for a sunroom addition in Halifax, please contact us today!