In recent years sunrooms have been experiencing a resurgence in popularity. In fact, in a study by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) that asked which rooms are "very important," respondents ranked a sunroom higher than a media room, exercise room and in-law suite. Certainly, there are many reasons to have a three-seasons room or sunroom. Embarking on a remodel project to build an addition like this for your home can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. After all, most of us have heard horror stories of renovation projects gone awry—going way over the original estimated time and budget, or hitting other major roadblocks that create a host of unforeseen problems and added stress for homeowners. So, if you’re gearing up for a sunroom addition project for your home, you want to make sure you go in eyes wide open.
To help you out, we’ve summed up some of the biggest sunroom mistakes you can easily avoid into three key buckets:
1. Not thinking through your specific goals and concerns.
Make sure you spend some time thinking about your individual wants, needs, goals, and other specs of your sunroom project. Most homeowners are at least somewhat concerned with cost, but other logistical factors like time, energy, and inconvenience can also be a factor when thinking through the realities of a sunroom project. Furthermore, sunrooms are unique and highly variable types of rooms, so you’ll want to think through specifics like which type of sunroom you want, how you plan to use the space, what size you’d like it to be, etc.
2. Choosing the wrong materials and focusing on form over function.
Sunrooms can be trickier projects than usual, because they tend to require a unique combination of structural concerns, materials, temperature regulation issues, and exposure to the elements—so you want to make sure you make choices that will ensure your sunroom can stand the test of time. Unfortunately, many 3-seasons room/sunroom installers cut corners by using second-rate (or worse) materials. This can be detrimental to your project and lead to extra costs, extra labor, and extra headaches for you in the end.
3. Not doing due diligence before hiring a contractor.
Remodels/home addition projects can often be stressful and time-consuming, so getting things off to the best start possible by hiring the right contractor is critical. Read our tips on how to find the right contractor to help you get started. And no matter what, make sure whoever you choose is fully licensed—it is NEVER a good idea to hire an unlicensed contractor.
3 Season Rooms/Sunrooms by J&J Construction of Illinois
If you’re considering adding a three seasons room or sunroom to your Illinois home, we’d love to hear from you. At J&J, we can deliver the perfect 3-seasons room or sunroom for your situation and budget. We’re truly a one-stop shop for the highest quality, no-fuss, on-time, on-budget 3-seasons rooms. Learn more about our process and check out our portfolio to view photos of 3 seasons rooms and sunroom remodeling projects by J&J Construction. Then just contact our team to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation and estimate!