Sunroom extension ideas

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Sunroom extension ideas
Sunrooms make great spots for growing plants. (stock image of greenhouse with flower pots image by Ruslana Stovner from Fotolia.com)

Adding a sunroom (or conservatory) extension to your home is a great way to create a sunny, versatile space. You can use your sunroom for entertaining guests, growing flowers, trees and other plants or just relaxing on your own with a newspaper or book. To make the most of your space, there are several ideas you can follow, particularly when it comes to planning considerations, ceilings, walls and doors.

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Planning

Before you begin construction on your sunroom, take some time planning out what you will put in the space, and how you will be generally using it. For example, if you are going to put just a few plants in the extension and use it as a solarium, you will not need to build it as large as if you are adding a hot tub, couches, etc. Be sure to design your sunroom so that its main windows face south in order to bring in the most sunlight.

Ceilings

According to Service Magic, the climate you live should largely determine what type of ceiling you use for your sunroom. While making the roof entirely out of glass panels is a popular choice, in extreme climates it may be impractical. In areas with harsh winters, snow can pile up on the glass (and potentially crack it), while in especially hot areas and dry areas, the sunlight coming through can be so intense that it is uncomfortable (or unbearable!).

Walls

As with ceilings, constructing sunroom walls entirely from glass is a popular choice (especially if you are using the space as a solarium for plants). Another option, according to Service Magic, is to run a knee wall around the perimeter of your room. Knee walls are short walls that come up to approximately knee height, and---according to the above source---are great for defining extensions and making them feel like actual rooms. Knee walls also allow provide you with a space to hide electrical wiring, which you can run into you sunroom to power radios, heaters and other electronic devices.

Doors

Glass sliding doors are a common choice for sunroom extensions, and are especially useful in maintaining that all-glass look. However, another, perhaps more elegant option, is to use French doors, which are comprised of groups of individual glass panels. According to Lancaster Conservatories, there are two mounting options for French doors that you can use in your sunroom. The first uses standard hinges, which attach to the doorframe, while the second uses a track (mounted to the floor), which allows the door to slide open and closed (saving space).

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