Planning Your Sunroom Addition

Thinking of adding a sunroom onto your home? Fall is the perfect time to start planning your sunroom addition! Before you get started on adding a sunroom to your home, there are a few things you’ll want to consider.

Types of Sunrooms


A sunroom is a glassed-in living space with large windows, and often, a glass roof to let in natural light. Sunrooms are attached to the home, and are accessible from the inside of the house. They are a great addition project because they create an amazing transitional space to the outdoors. Sunrooms are not typically regulated by the home’s heating and cooling systems, however, opening windows during warmer temps, and adding a space heater in the cooler months can help create comfortable conditions year round.

Four-Seasons Room

Four-seasons rooms are similar to a sunroom in the sense that they often have large windows enclosing the space. However, these rooms are connected to your home’s heating and cooling systems and are designed to be used comfortably all year round. In new construction homes, we are seeing more integrations of four-seasons rooms because they provide extra living space that is great for entertaining in an open-concept home.

Three-Seasons or Screened-In Porch

This option provides a great extension of your home without the added costs of a full-blown addition. Screened-in porches often are found in the front of the home, while three-seasons rooms are located in the back, or on the side of the house. These rooms are screened in and still accessible from the inside of the home. This option gives you extra space for outdoor entertainment and hosting during the warmer months, while still protecting you from weather conditions and bugs.

Choosing the Location

Choosing where to add your sunroom or seasonal room is the next big decision. Many times local codes will determine how big your addition can be, and where we’re allowed to add an addition in the first place.

If you own an older home, a great place to consider would be the front porch. Older homes typically have large front porches that are a fairly easy process to convert to a sunroom or screened-in porch.

If your home is on the newer side, or less than 30 years old, you will typically have more room for an addition on the back or side of your home. We try to create extra living space in a cohesive way where you can easily enter and exit your new space without it disrupting the flow of your existing living space. Many times these seasonal rooms are added on to dining rooms or living rooms where we can create a seamless flow.

Planning Your Project

When you’re ready to begin planning your project, give us a call! We have more than 60 years of experience in this business and our team is always happy to help. At Midwest Builders, we are known for our quality of workmanship and timely service. We’re here to make sure your project goes as smoothly as possible! Contact us today for a free estimate!

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