It is well known that how much sunshine we get directly affects our mood: the more vitamin D we absorb from light, the happier we are. Many architects are trying to incorporate more natural light sources in their buildings to improve their residents' living experiences. To follow their lead in your own home, maximise on natural light and create your own bright and cosy sunroom to relax in.
Whether you opt for a free-standing sunroom or choose to add yours as an extension of your property, these sun-drenched spaces allow you to enjoy natural light throughout the year. So if you're weighing up if building a conservatory is the best option for you, let's look at the benefits a sunroom can bring to your home instead.
Why build a sunroom?
Busy lifestyles and unpredictable weather can make it hard to find time to spend outdoors. With a sunroom, however, you have the best of both worlds, as you're protected from the elements and are able to benefit from your surrounding garden. Large windows allow the sunlight to stream in, patio doors can be opened for fresh air, while brick or timber walls provide insulation and heat retention.
A versatile space
There is no one single purpose for a sunroom: you can put it to whatever use you like. Add sofas, a warm rug and a coffee table to create a quiet space for lounging in, or include a drinks cabinet and a music player for entertaining. If you're prone to working from home, transform your sunroom into a home office.
You may have similar pre-existing areas in your property, such as a winter or sky garden. However, a winter garden is designed to provide a sanctuary in your home during the colder months, especially for any of your tropical plants that usually enjoy being outdoors. A sunroom is specifically designed to maximise the incoming light without sacrificing warmth, and to bring your interiors as close to external nature as they can.
Keeping your sunroom warm
This internal sun-trap is just another part of your home, so make sure it remains cosy all year round with integrated central heating connected to the rest of your house. Double-glazed and insulating glass is also a must, and you can make sure tiled or wood floors won't let the heat escape with ample throws and rugs scattered about the room.
Where to place your sunroom
The main thing to consider when deciding where to add this extension to your property is orientation. Your sunroom needs to be in the best position to capture the most sunlight, which is why many of these structures are positioned on a southern elevation. This positioning can also help to shelter it from bad weather.
Furnishing your sunroom
In contrast to conservatories and outhouses, sunrooms are designed to integrate more seamlessly into your normal living space. Opt for comfortable furnishings like sofas, rather than more traditional outdoor materials, such as wicker. Tie in accessories like cushions and ornaments with the prevalent colour themes in your home, or follow the current sunroom interior design trends with textured rugs and intricate floor tiles in warm terracotta shades.
Unlike other similar structures like conservatories or porches, sunrooms can be used all year round for a variety of purposes, from relaxing to entertaining.
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