As the father of an autistic child, I have been faced with more than a few necessary home modifications projects. Unfortunately, with the high cost of raising a special needs child and my wife's decision to stay home and raise our son, there simply was no room in our budget to hire a contractor to complete these projects for us. Each weekend for nearly a year, I would pick a project to work on. This past month, I finally finished every project on my list. After learning more than I thought I would ever know about home construction and repair, I have a new found appreciation for the skills of general and specialty contractors. That is why I decided to start this blog to pay tribute to the job these contractors do, and help to empower more homeowners to take on the role of a contractor in their home.
Sitting outside in the sunshine is a pleasure – until you add bugs and wind. Adding a glass room to your home is a good way to enjoy the benefits of the outdoors without the annoyances. What's more, a sunroom gives you more livable indoor space as well as a transition to the outdoors. Add a glass room to your house, and reap the best advantages of the outdoors.
Utilize Cohesive Materials
The addition of a sunroom can increase the value of your home. However, the key is to make it seem like an extension of the façade. Even if you're having a pre-fabricated glass room installed, incorporate materials and colors featured in your home's exterior. For example, select window frames that echo the trim color in your home. If adding a roof, ensure that it's the same shingle material as for the house.
Keep Exterior Features Similar
Along those same lines, choose a sunroom style that complements your house's façade. Better Homes and Gardens describes a French-style solarium that serves as a seamless addition to a Georgian home. The Doric columns and copper-clad roof offer a classical style that blend cohesively with the historical home. Alternatively, if your home is modern, consider an all-glass room with large panes of glass. The rectangles of the panes reinforce the geometric appeal characteristic of modern design. Likewise, if your home has a peaked roof, add a peak to your sunroom.
Choose Great Windows
A sunroom is all about the windows. Not only are the windows the most distinctive feature, they can affect your utility bills. Probably the most important consideration is your budget. If you need to keep costs low, think about vinyl frames. Aluminum, wood and wood composite frames are upgrades.
When it comes to the glass choice, don't skimp. Look for energy efficient windows with coatings that reflect light to keep the sunroom relatively cool. What's more, consider double-paned glass to keep heat from escaping in the cold months. Finally, you're going to be surrounded by a lot of glass -- opt for safety-rated shatterproof glass for your windows.
Consider Installing Permanent Window Treatments
Granted, your glass room is there for you to enjoy the sun. However, you'll probably want to control the light. Consider having shutters or plantation blinds installed on the bottom halves of the windows. Choose a color and material that blends with the window frames so the shutters or blinds recede into the visual background. Both options allow you to control the light flow without sacrificing the view.
For more information, contact Sauer & Sons Construction or a similar company.Share
2 June 2016