Sunroom designs: Piecing them together

Clueless about sunroom designs? It may be challenging to recognize what you are looking for in a sunroom when you start researching different products. Looking at pages for Cathedral sunrooms or Studio sunrooms can seem overwhelming, but these are common sunroom designs across each company you’ll talk to. Understanding the styles and purposes for each is critical. If neither of these designs fit with what you are looking for, you can explore the Integrated sunroom or the Specialty sunroom. Our Premier Partners are happy to help you determine which fits best for your home. Below, we’ll take you through each of our sunroom designs to help you know what you can expect at your in-home design consultation. The Cathedral Sunroom The Cathedral sunroom is one of our most popular sunroom designs. It merges well with traditional home construction and offers the ‘wow’ factor people are looking for when they build a sunroom. This charm comes mostly from the room’s high, vaulted ceilings. The triangular section of the Cathedral sunroom, called the gable, brings additional sunlight into the house and extends your view of the outdoors.   There are many different options you have when building a Cathedral sunroom. In a Cathedral sunroom, ridge beams are required by building codes as a structural component. Many people accessorize this ridge beam with a decorative ridge beam cover. This dresses up the room so you can subtly show off your style.  You can choose to cover it with an aluminum skin or with a wood veneer finish. Most of the people we talk to like to spend time with friends and family while using their Cathedral sunroom. One customer said her family loves to eat meals and drink coffee in their sunroom, and another said that friends and family gravitate towards the sunroom as if the rest of the house didn't exist.  The Studio Sunroom Other people may see a Studio sunroom as a better fit for their home. This…

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The Kubricky Family Sunroom / North Prairie, WI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znovx_D3xDE Bill and Marilyn Kubricky love living in Wisconsin because it lets them experience each season throughout the year. With all these seasons come common problems with the outdoors. Mosquitos, rain, and snow. The couple loved the sunroom they had to leave behind in their previous house, so they decided an all-seasons room would better let them enjoy their current home. With this, Bill started a three-year research project of the area’s sunroom companies.  The Kubricky’s met with our Premier Partner, SE Wisconsin Sunrooms, at a home show and were sold by the quality of the sunroom’s display. The exterior of the sunroom’s surface is void of nails and screw heads, and the clean presentation gave Bill and Marilyn confidence that we put the necessary care into every sunroom we build. To make sure, the couple attended a few more home shows.  “Competition was Jude [of SE Wisconsin Sunrooms]’s best advertising. We didn’t care for others’ salesmanship and presentation. It only sold us more on the LivingSpace sunroom.”  Now, they can enjoy Wisconsin without the rain, snow, and mosquitos that irritated them before. And their sunroom has greatly exceeded their original expectations. Marilyn says that generally, you would have small problems or nitpicks with home remodeling, but there’s absolutely nothing that she wishes was improved.   The couple uses the sunroom to drink coffee and watch the news during mornings, but their favorite time to enjoy it is the late afternoon, as the sun is setting. The windows fill the house with beautiful, golden hour colors to perfectly end each day.   During the evenings, they’ll have friends or family over to their home, and it’s like the rest of the house doesn’t exist. Everybody loves using the sunroom.  After a year, the Kubricky’s have already seen the benefits of a LivingSpace sunroom, and they’re very proud to have one on their home. As they sit in it, they’ll see…

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The Swick family’s enclosed sunroom / Pataskala, OH

When people are looking to add onto their home, they don’t often consider building a sunroom. But they should! Enclosed sunrooms are fun and unique areas that help you unwind from the day.   We build enclosed sunrooms across the country. This past year, we visited the Swick family to hear why they wanted a sunroom and how they’ve enjoyed it since.  Buying an enclosed sunroom: Mary and Mitchell Swick from Pataskala, OH https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIkEAD4-CoEhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ncoy1YgFzQ The Swick’s have lived and worked in the Columbus community for years; Mary as a hospice worker and Mitchell as a school bus driver. The two had always wanted an enclosed sunroom in their home. They love sitting in the sun and enjoying the outdoors, but the Ohio bugs are too pesky in the summer for them to fully enjoy their yard while outside. They spent many years enduring the outdoors, but once they started growing older, the bugs started becoming more annoying. So, they decided enough was enough.  The couple knew that our Premier Partner, Ohio Exteriors, installed enclosed sunrooms, so they called to set up an in-home consultation. After seeing a few pictures from the LivingSpace brochure, they were ready to build.  “When we first got the sunroom, we had a futon couch, so in the fall and in the spring mostly, when it’s really nice out, we’d open up all the windows and we’d sleep out here. It was magnificent – just like camping out.”  The couple now spends 75% to 80% of their time throughout the year in the sunroom, and it makes them feel like they’re in a vacation home each time they walk in. Saturday or Sunday mornings are great times to relax while eating a late breakfast, and both Mary and Mitchell love enjoying nature while still feeling the cool breeze of the ceiling fan on their faces.   They’ve also mentioned that the enclosed sunroom is easy to maintain. Mitchell will take…

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Prefab sunrooms or other types of construction: Which is better?

Your options When looking at sunrooms, you typically have four options: prefab sunrooms, stick building, aluminum construction, or DIY sunroom kits. We will be detailing some of the main differences between each type of construction, and how it can impact you as a home owner when considering adding a sunroom to your home.DIYA DIY sunroom should be reserved for the most ambitious homeowners. Some manufacturers and home improvement shops sell their rooms in a DIY kit for those looking to save money or avoid working with contractors. In these instances, a person will use their own tools and home remodeling expertise to build a sunroom extension onto their house. Stick BuildingStick built construction is more familiar to those outside the construction industry. Contractors and firms use this as their preferred method of construction. They use wood to build the walls, trusses, and sometimes the floor of your sunroom. You may be able to see examples of this type of construction in your own neighborhood, as most homes are built using this method. Aluminum ConstructionThose employing an aluminum construction method also cut their materials on-site when building sunrooms. Instead of using wood framing, builders build your sunroom using aluminum framing materials. These sunrooms can be a less expensive option when compared to prefab sunrooms and stick-built sunrooms. Prefabricated A prefab sunroom means you are buying a sunroom that is sized and cut in a controlled factory environment. Prefabrication is used in the construction industry so that buildings, homes, or additions can be built in sections, moved easily, and put together quickly, all while minimizing the errors that can occur during construction. This sometimes enables contractors to have access to an offsite engineering team, who can help answer questions during construction. Why we recommend prefab sunrooms At LivingSpace Sunrooms we manufacture prefab sunrooms for many reasons. We prefabricate our sunrooms because it is the best option available; and allows for…

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Press Release: LivingSpace Acquires Window Manufacturer Styleline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 05/08/2019 LivingSpace Sunrooms acquires window and door manufacturer Styleline to support expanding product line  Maumee, OH, May 8, 2019 -- LivingSpace Sunrooms announced today its acquisition of Styleline, a window and door manufacturer with facilities in Monroe, WI and Salisbury, NC. This strategic acquisition allows LivingSpace to continue development of its high quality, American-made products and further support its network of more than 100 dealers. LivingSpace has worked with Styleline since 2017 as a core supplier for its V-Series window collection, and more recently for its newly announced V3 three season sunroom product.  “This move has been made in response to demand,” explains Kraig Mackett, LivingSpace’s founder and president. “Styleline played a key role in the introduction of our V3 sunroom earlier this year. Reception from our dealers was greater than we anticipated, and both companies recognized the potential to increase the supply chain if we joined forces.”  Styleline was founded in 1951 with the goal to bring manufactured windows and home additions to customers throughout the Midwest. Initially, the company began with storm windows. By consistently diversifying their product line, they’ve grown and found success within North American and European markets. Adding the company’s reputation and innovation better positions LivingSpace as a market leader in the sunroom industry.  Jake Huskins, LivingSpace vice president of engineering, expounds, “Styleline entered the window manufacturing market to provide amazing products to its customers. This aligns with our own values, and we felt confident forming our V-Series windows with their assistance. We were very excited to use the V-Series windows in our V3 three season sunroom, and we look forward to applying our combined knowledge and experience to future innovations.”  “We’re looking forward to the growth and enhanced customer relations,” adds Styleline’s Director of Sales, Brad Beachy. “Styleline has grown throughout the years because people recognize our high-quality standards. Partnering with LivingSpace gives both companies an opportunity to reach a broader audience,…

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Sunroom plans to create before meeting with a contractor

LivingSpace Sunrooms offers customized sunrooms that fit any type of home. This includes a variety of windows, doors, colors, and sizes. In this post, we outline the steps you can take to best prepare for your sunroom plans to create a room you will love for years to come.  Deciding on a sunroom The decision to buy a sunroom is the beginning of an exciting project that will revitalize your home. In a home that feels too cramped, a sunroom will give additional living space. In a home that feels too familiar, a sunroom will give a new perspective. In a home that feels too dark, a sunroom will give large, spanning windows and unlimited natural lighting.   Any home remodeling project can be stressful, though, for those who don’t know the right steps to take. It can be a daunting task to find the right space for your sunroom, find the right contractor, navigate each customization option, and trust that it will be built effectively. You can approach these sunroom plans as an expert, though, with the right preparation.  Finding the right space Many homeowners put their sunroom onto the back of their home. Some homeowners already have an existing deck space that’s accessible from the backdoor and can easily transition into a sunroom. Others simply want a convenient spot to sit and admire their yardwork and gardening decorations.   There are other advantages to having a backyard sunroom. For one, it provides a great spot to supervise while the kids play outside. You can use it effectively in this spot throughout the seasons to oversee yard work, play lifeguard, referee a pickup football game, or supervise a snowball fight.  There is also, generally, space available for a sunroom off the back of your home. In neighborhoods, houses are spaced strategically to…

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A pricing guide: How much will my sunroom cost?

How much does a sunroom cost? We commonly get asked the question, “how much does a sunroom cost?” But this is a tough question to answer. Most people want to make their sunrooms custom to match their current home. This includes a distinctive style, size, and color. Prices are dependent on these specifications. The best way to accurately estimate how much your sunroom will cost is by scheduling a meeting with one of our Premier Partners. During these meetings, you can talk through your design ideas. Based off the discussion, our Premier Partners will give you a better idea of how much your sunroom will cost. The quick answer, though, is that adding a sunroom onto your home will be an investment. Our sunroom cost typically range in price between $20,000 and $70,000. Your placement within this range depends on a variety of factors. If you want a larger sunroom with greater customization capabilities, you’ll be looking at a price towards the upper echelon of the pricing spectrum. In contrast, a smaller, less customized room will drop your sunroom cost closer to the lower side of the spectrum. Since a sunroom can be such a large investment, you’ll want to shop around to make sure you’re getting the room you want. In this post, we’ll help you determine which sunroom best fits your budget and taste.  How much does a sunroom cost compared to other home additions? First, you should determine whether a sunroom is the right option for you. Before making an investment in your home, it’s worth noting how similar home remodeling projects compare. We think that a sunroom is a versatile and unique room that will let you spend quality time with family and friends, but you might have your eyes on a different home addition instead.  Choosing your home addition When looking at different home additions,…

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Conservatory or sunroom: Which home addition is right for you?

LivingSpace Sunrooms sells beautiful conservatories that are perfect for any occasion. In this post, we guide you through the differences between a conservatory and a sunroom, and we talk about popular conservatory styles and the purposes you can use them for.  When would I use a conservatory? The bus stops outside around 3:30 PM, and the kids jump off and start walking up the driveway. One of them is talking about the constellations she is studying in her science class. Her teacher showed them pictures of Orion’s Belt, Leo the Lion, Ursa Major, the Great Bear, and Taurus, the Bull. The other kids are ‘ooo-ing’ and ‘aww-ing’ and want to see for themselves. As they walk in, you’re there to greet them. They ask if you can show them the constellations after the sun goes down that night. You don’t know anything about the stars, but there’s enough time to learn between now and then! So you happily comply! The weather report shows clear skies, so tonight should be perfect stargazing weather. The only problem? A high of 36 degrees.  This is not perfect *outdoors* stargazing weather.  You are welcome to bundle up your kids in their winter wear for an evening astronomy class, but this option seems to be plagued with disaster. Your youngest will inevitably want to go back inside because he is too cold, while your oldest will be distraught because everyone isn’t involved in the family activity.  In instances like these, a glass-roofed conservatory would seem like the perfect option. Everybody is able to lay out in their own space with an unobstructed view of the night’s sky. You can locate the North Star and then hand off the explanations to your daughter, who will be eagerly engaged and excited to show off her education.  What is a conservatory?…

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Conservatory or sunroom: Which home addition is right for you?
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5 indoor plants that look great in a sunroom

The gardening season always seems to come and go very quickly. With fickle weather, it seems like there’s only a few safe months each year for growing plants.  Luckily, though, the LivingSpace sunroom is a great spot for beautiful indoor plants to grow year-round. Plants thrive in our sunrooms! The climate-controlled environment protects plants against cold temperatures, and the abundant natural light offered by the large windows encourages flowering plants to blossom to their fullest.  Finding the right balance of sunlight You’ll want to be careful about where you place your plants in your sunroom. Some indoor plants need an abundance of sunlight, while others scorch and spot in direct sunlight. This means that some plants make perfect sunroom transplants, while others aren't naturally adapted for it. Saying this, you can always find a spot in your sunroom for the flowers you want to grow.  Our favorite indoor plants It’s so refreshing to see a sunroom filled with plant life, and it’s exciting to see how flowers can prosper when exposed to the open lights in a sunroom. Ivy is one of the indoor plants that thrives in our sunrooms.There are different varieties of ivies that generally show where the plant originated from. These include English ivy, Japanese ivy, Persian ivy, and Russian ivy. English ivy is most commonly grown in the home, but you should be easily able to locate other varieties as well. The process for growing ivies doesn’t differ much between types. Sunrooms are the perfect spot for the ivies to grow, since they grow well when exposed to bright light. If the plant isn’t receiving adequate sunlight, it’ll let you know. An ivy’s leaves will visibly droop as they lose some of their springiness. At this point, the plant is more susceptible to corrosion from pests. If this is the case, put the plant closer to the window and watch it redevelop as it comes back…

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Should I buy a sunroom or a patio cover?

What Should You Buy: A Sunroom or a Patio Cover?  With all the benefits that fresh air and sunlight bring, it’s no surprise that homeowners want to make the most of their outdoor living space. From neighborhood barbeques to birthday parties and family gatherings, there are plenty of life events that are more enjoyable outdoors. But if you live in a region of the country that experiences the full range of all four seasons, then you understand the difficulty of protecting your space from the elements.  There are plenty of ways to do this: patio covers, enclosed patios, screen rooms, three-season rooms, and four-season sunrooms. But with so many options, how do you know which one is best for you?  Don’t worry, we’re here to help!  By the end of this post, you’ll understand the strengths and weaknesses of each option, and be one step closer to enjoying the outdoors from the comfort of your home.   Patio or Porch? First, let's take a moment to clarify what we mean when we say patio.  It may seem self-explanatory, but the word is commonly used interchangeably with porch, and there are some key differences.  A patio is a paved platform behind, in front of, or adjacent to a home.  It’s usually made of concrete or brick and provides a platform that homeowners can use to enjoy the outdoors. A patio is usually uncovered, unlike a porch, which is usually covered and usually located in front of the home.  So, before we start weighing at the pros and cons, the 4 main types of remodels we’ll consider in this post are:  Patio Covers  Screen Rooms/Patio Enclosures Three Seasons Sunrooms  All Seasons Sunrooms  Patio Cover via Amazon If you use your patio for barbecues or outdoor gatherings, a patio cover can be a major improvement on the usability of your…

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