Sunrooms in Iowa

If you're looking to add some sunlight to your home, a sunroom from Midwest Builders may be the right choice.

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Having a sunroom installed can change your whole attitude about your home. A sunroom can add some space to a cramped home or give the house a new feeling and look. The natural lighting can brighten up a dark home without running up your electric bill.

But don't let the excitement carry you away. There are some steps you should take before you get started. Here are some tips from the pros at Midwest Builders to help make the process less stressful and to ensure the final project is exactly what you wanted. A little planning ahead of time can make things smoother for everyone involved.

Location, Location, Location

It's become a cliche in the real estate world, but location really does play a big part in your satisfaction with the end result.

Most sunrooms are built on the rear portion of homes and there are a couple of reasons for this. This usually has the most usable area or there is already a deck or patio in this location of the property. The backyard usually provides a nice view and you can watch the kids play from your sunroom.

In most neighborhoods, homes are built close to each other on the sides, with the front and back yards usually having the most room. Due to the additional privacy, most people choose to build their sunroom on the rear of the house, as opposed to the front.

Each property and home is different, so it's your choice where you want your sunroom. What will make the most sense for you? Some people can attach a sunroom to the side of their home or as a free-standing structure. Use the natural characteristics of your property to make your sunroom comfortable and inviting. Tell your contractor what you're thinking and they'll let you know if it is achievable.

Let the Sun Shine In

When you're doing your planning, don't forget about the sun! One of the main reasons for having a sunroom is to take advantage of the natural light. That will be defeated if the sunroom spends most of its day in the shade.

Place your sunroom where it will get the optimum level of sunlight throughout the day. In a perfect world, you'd be able to watch the sunrise in the morning and the sunset in the evening.

The Right Contractor Can Make All the Difference

Once you have the basics figured out, you need to choose your contractor. Here are some suggestions from customers and industry insiders.

Get References

Talk with other people that have gotten sunrooms and listen to their input. Look for things that are "deal-breakers" or are exactly what you're looking for. Is the contractor easy to contact and communicate with? Do they use quality materials? Do they respect your family and property? There are a lot of variables that can be the difference between a nightmare and a dream.

Low Price May Mean Low Quality

We all know that the price of your sunroom is important, but be wary of contractors that are drastically lower than others. They have to make money someway, so they are more likely to cut corners on materials, safety, quality employees, or even things like obtaining the necessary permits. These sunrooms may look ok at first, but they won't stand up well to the elements and use.

Trust is Key

Make sure your contractor is someone you trust and has a good reputation. They should be licensed, bonded, and insured. A reliable contractor will get the job done on time, on budget, and in compliance with building codes. You will also be protected from being held liable for injuries or damage that could occur with the construction of your sunroom.

Planning Your Sunroom With Your Contractor

Once you've settled on your contractor (hopefully Midwest Builders), you can start sharing your vision for your sunroom. Some people have every detail planned out, while others have a general idea about what they want. A good contractor can work with either type of person.

You may know exactly what you want your sunroom to look like. There are a certain number of options available from the contractor, but if something isn't exactly what you want don't be shy. Tell the contractor what your idea is and you may be surprised when they provide a solution.

On the other hand, if you just know that you want a sunroom, you may feel overwhelmed with all of the options and choices you may be offered. Don't worry, though! Contractors like Midwest Builders will patiently help you work through it. They have the experience to help you choose layouts, colors, and styles that are perfect for your home and needs.

No matter your level of detail, a sunroom from Midwest Builders will fit your tastes and match your home.

Building Your Perfect Sunroom

You've picked out your location, found the best contractor ever, chose the layout and options and now it's time to build. If you have a good relationship with your contractor, there is very little for you to do, other than anticipate using your new sunroom. The contractors should handle everything, keeping communication open with you during the process.

The first step will be for the construction team to build the sunroom's foundation. The experts at Midwest Builders will determine the best method based on your soil and the structure.

Once the foundation is set, the sunroom's framing and roof will be constructed. The walls will be built and the room will be attached to your home.

After the walls and roof are completed, windows, electrical systems, HVAC systems, and doors will be installed. All that is left is for you to decorate and furnish the space, then sit back and enjoy the view.

Midwest Builders and Sunrooms

When you work with the pros at Midwest Builders, you can rest easy that the construction of your sunroom is in capable hands. Contact us today for a free estimate and let us get started in making your vision a reality.


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