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Sunroom Basics

Summer is the time of year when most people love to be outdoors soaking up sunshine, but it’s also a great time for DIY and construction projects.</br></br>One popular addition many people are considering this season is a sunroom.</br></br>A glass-walled, solarium-style sunroom (also called an enclosed patio) is a great place to enjoy sunny days year-round without having to leave the comfort of your home, while also providing a little much-needed extra room.</br></br><strong>So, how can you use a sunroom? </strong></br></br>Any way you want!</br></br>A sunroom is a versatile space that can function as a sitting room, a game room, a dining area, a greenhouse or even a conservatory. Sunrooms are particularly well-suited for growing plants, as their glass walls help keep them warm year-round.</br></br>Of course, those walls also make sunrooms an ideal location for taking in the sights. If you’re lucky enough to have a view, it can end up boasting the best seat in the house, but regardless of what lies outside the windows a sunroom provides a warm and cozy space to enjoy sunshine anytime.</br></br><strong>How do you build or add a sunroom? </strong></br></br>Sunrooms are sometimes part of a home’s original design, but they’re also easy additions that can be built from scratch or purchased in prefabricated form.</br></br>Custom-constructed sunrooms offer the freedom to create exactly the size and shape you like with optional extras such as multi-pane glass or air conditioning. But, these fancy frills come with a hefty price tag: Estimates can range from <a title="Home Advisor" href="http://www.homeadvisor.com/cost/sunrooms/" target="_blank">$12,000 to $100,000</a> depending on the scope of your project. (Note that pricing for any project like this will vary by region.)</br></br>Prefabricated sunrooms or sunroom kits, on the other hand, can deliver the comfort and quality of a custom addition in a more standardized shape and style. What these designs may lack in novelty they make up for with more versatility and a much lower price point: Basic models can be purchased for under $1,500.</br></br>Any of these choices will require a level concrete pad and, depending on where you live, may or may not require a building permit. Be sure to check out your local building codes before starting any addition.</br></br><strong>How do you furnish a sunroom? </strong></br></br>Once you have your sunroom, you get to move on to the fun part: making it you own. There are a huge number of ways to add character to this room, as a sunroom’s indoor/outdoor functionality opens up more possibilities for how it can be furnished and decorated.</br></br>If your sunroom will be a sitting room, you may want to opt for a traditional sofa and a pair of accent chairs, but if you want to go the greenhouse route then outdoor furniture can be ideal. Really, though, with such a versatile area, you can add just about anything – <a title="Game Tables" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/game-room-bar-furniture/games-hobbies/billiards/pool-tables/" target="_blank">a pool table</a>, <a title="Dining Sets" href="http://www.atgstores.com/outdoor/patio-furniture/patio-dining-sets/outdoor-dining-sets/" target="_blank">a dining set</a>, <a title="Craft Room Furniture" href="vhttp://www.atgstores.com/furniture/office-furniture/craft-room-furniture/" target="_blank">craft room furniture</a> – the possibilities are endless.</br></br>So explore the options, create a space that is truly your own, and enjoy a warm and relaxing addition that can be used all year, every year.
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