Adding a sunroom onto your home is a great way to save money on an addition, since sunrooms don’t require some of the costs that you’d otherwise need to consider, such as plumbing and insulation. However, the charm of sunrooms lies in the aesthetic—so the cost of design and décor is something to think about. Thankfully, there are a lot of ways you can save on the cost of a sunroom when it comes to the design. Here are our top tips on creating a space you’ll love without going over budget:

1. Take your time and do your research
This one’s simple: Don’t rush it! If you can, wait it out, do your research, and don’t be in a hurry to get it done. Even though you’ll want to have your sunroom perfectly finished as soon as possible, sunrooms aren’t necessarily a part of your day-to-day life, so you have more time to wait for deals, find the perfect design touches, and more. Take the time to put your room together one piece at a time as you come across deals on furniture and design touches that you like and that are priced well. This way, you won’t have to invest the money for everything in your sunroom at once, and you can be patient for pieces to go on sale or to find something more affordable.

2. Thrift and DIY
Sunrooms are generally much more casual spaces than the rest of your home. Their purpose is normally for relaxation and entertainment, so it’s okay to get creative with how you use your space and buy less expensive, less formal décor for your sunroom than for the rest of your home. Don’t be afraid to try shopping for used furniture at thrift stores or even create some decorative touches yourself if you’re feeling crafty—a sunroom is the perfect space to try something new, different, and more casual than the rest of your home.

3. Get creative with space
Since sunrooms themselves are in between being fully indoor and fully outdoor spaces, it’s common to use a combination of indoor and outdoor furniture and décor. Embrace your options and look at a variety of furniture and décor before deciding how you want your sunroom to look and feel—outdoor staples like lawn chairs, gliders, and wicker furniture as well as indoor décor. Plus, feel free to get creative about how to use your space. Using less expensive decorative touches, like plants, to fill your space can help you create a relaxing, pleasant room without breaking the bank.

As an indoor/outdoor space in your home, you can also use your sunroom as a sort of storage area for your indoor/outdoor items such as sports equipment, gardening tools, toys, and more, and there are plenty of ways to create aesthetically pleasing storage spaces. This can also help you to free up some space in your garage or the rest of your home.

Sunrooms can be a great addition to any home where the homeowner wants a little bit of the outside on the inside—whether it’s stargazing at night, taking in a cool breeze in the afternoon, or enjoying the beauty of a rainstorm safe inside. Sunrooms can provide the inviting warmth for a cool winter day or a blast of cool during the hot summer months. They are like your own little oasis.

The cost of sunrooms can vary depending on the size, type, materials, location, and whether or not you are building on site or purchasing a sunroom kit from a company. The average sunroom can cost anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000 depending on whether you hire a professional, DIY it, use the footprint of a pre-existing patio, buy a kit, or build from scratch.

Now that you know a few ways to save on sunroom costs and the design, it’s important to note a few other factors that will play a big role in the overall total cost. Here are 3 things to consider when it comes to the sunroom cost in your home:

1. What type of sunroom?
There are several different types of sunrooms you could build for your residence. Each requires varying materials and even foundation specifications, which can influence the overall cost of the project. All options are unique, so each build will be different and involve fluctuating levels of difficulty. The type of sunroom you choose will also determine what kinds of professionals you will need to work on the project. So it’s important to understand which type of enclosure you are looking to build.

    • Four seasons. A four-seasons room is one that can be used all year round where both heating and cooling can be controlled.
    • Three seasons. Three-seasons rooms are similar to four-seasons in that they can be used at various times throughout the year, but they differ on one very important specification: They do not have heating or cooling.
    • Screened-in porches/patios. Screened-in areas are quite simple. It’s just a space enclosed with screens instead of windows. They are not always weather dependent and can be used at different times of the year depending on the climate in your area.
    • Solarium or glass enclosures: Solariums are quite high-class, with walls and ceilings being made entirely out of glass. You can use this space as an indoor garden because it will get tons of sunlight during the day. You can even use it as an art area or craft room and perhaps an office if you prefer sunlight and outdoor views.
    • Framed sunrooms: Framed sunrooms act as a regular addition to your home but provide the addition of natural light through large windows. Effectively these types of rooms can be used for whatever you’d like and offer all the amenities of any other room in your home like heating and cooling.

2. Are you adding electricity?
Before you even begin the process of building, you need to decide if having electricity in your sunroom is something you want to invest in. Having electricity can completely change how many uses you can have for your sunroom, but it also comes with an added cost. If you plan on using your sunroom year-round in both cool and hot temperatures, it will probably be in your best interest to spend that extra money and put in heating, cooling, and electricity. Having electricity in the space can allow you to use the room as family space or even a reading area with all the beautiful sunlight streaming in.

3. Footprint
The overall footprint of your sunroom will have a significant impact on how much it will cost to build. The larger the room, the higher the cost. Foundations will have to be poured if you don’t already have an existing footprint on a porch or patio you want to enclose to create a sunroom. If you are someone who enjoys entertaining, you may opt for a larger space big enough to have people over for parties, dining, and spending time with family.

Your choice in sunroom will have the biggest impact on your budget and what you can/can’t afford. If you already have a foundation and just want to build on top, this could save you both time and money. Speak with professionals who build sunrooms of all kinds and do a little pricing inventory. They can show you different options for the size you want and how far your budget will stretch. 

The good news in all of this is that sunrooms are among the most affordable renovations overall, because they’re simple and, as mentioned above, often have no electrical, plumbing, or insulation concerns to think about. But just because it’s simpler than other remodels doesn’t mean sunroom renovations are necessarily simple. There are a lot of things to think about while you budget and plan. 

Here are our best and final tips for when you’re budgeting for your sunroom renovation cost:

Decide what you can keep and what needs to go
Before you start to budget, you’ll want to take inventory of what you have and what you need. This includes deciding what you want to keep in your current sunroom, if you have one, whether it’s staying exactly the same or being repurposed or remodeled. Do you want to repurpose your furniture, continue using it as is, or purchase all new? Keep the current flooring in place, or replace it? When you’ve taken inventory, budget accordingly but make sure to build in a little extra wiggle room in case you change your mind, or something doesn’t go as planned.

Talk to a professional during the budgeting process
Even if you are planning to do most of your sunroom renovation yourself, it’s always a good idea to talk to a professional contractor or builder upfront. While you will have to pay for a consultation, talking to someone with experience and training can help save you time and money later on. This will also help to make sure you’re working within reasonable expectations and not getting in over your head before it’s too late. 

Think about how to best use your space; don’t be committed to your current layout
Before you create a budget that simply replaces your current furniture, design, and more with the same basic layout, go back to the basics and think about whether a brand-new layout might be more useful. It might be difficult to see past the current layout of your sunroom, but try and think outside the box and decide if there’s a better way to use your space. You’re renovating, after all, and it’s time for a change. Talking with a professional will help with this—they will have training and experience and will be able to suggest the most efficient and optimal ways to use your space for what you need and want.

Finally, remember that no matter how you design your sunroom, less is more. You have a sunroom to enjoy the outdoors, the view view of your yard, and the sun—you don’t need a lot of décor, furniture and expensive touches to make it interesting. If you have any questions or would like to speak with our team of professionals, please contact us today.