Sunrooms have been around for hundreds of years—Thomas Jefferson's house had one, President Taft added one to the White House, and many of the early 20th Century catalog homes included a sunroom. But while they never completely went out of style, in recent years sunrooms have been experiencing a resurgence in popularity for a variety of reasons. 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.
Interestingly, the notion of adding a sunroom to a home is even more popular among homeowners and buyers in the Midwest and Northeast than those in the South and West of the U.S. Why? We’re so glad you asked! Here at J&J we’re always thinking about the unique wants and needs of our customers, community, and region. So, with that in mind, here are just a few great reasons to have a 3 seasons room or sunroom in Illinois:
1. More time and room for experiencing nature.
Many people in our area seek out and appreciate opportunities to extend the time they can spend experiencing the outdoors and enjoying the natural light, surroundings, landscapes, or gardens of their homes. A three-season room or sunroom allows homeowners in Illinois to do just that—and this can have a major positive impact on the quality of life for folks living in our region.
2. More space for a variety of uses and lifestyles.
Adding a three-season room or sunroom is an excellent way to create a beautiful extra space that can be used for entertaining friends, enjoying family meals, playing with the kids, lounging with a good book, creating art or crafts, or hosting guests in your home.
3. A good ROI for your home.
Sunrooms are often seen as good investments for homeowners, because it is a relatively inexpensive addition to your home that adds square footage and other forms of value that will set it apart at resale.
Now that you know some of the benefits of these home additions, you may be wondering which type is right for you. With that in mind, here are a couple questions to consider:
1. How is a 3 seasons room different than a sun room?
There are a lot of different names used by the building industry to describe the sunroom addition feature to a home—including solarium, conservatory, veranda, and more. But for practical purposes they all boil down to just two main types: three-season rooms and (year-round) sunrooms. The primary difference between the two is that three-season rooms do not have heating vents/systems, so they usually cannot be used during the cold winter months; four-season or all-season rooms include heating systems so they can be used year-round.
2. What sort of lifestyles and activities are good for each type?
It’s important to note that because of this fundamental difference, deciding whether to get a three-season room or a year-round sunroom will depend a great deal on how you plan to use the space. Obviously if you live in Illinois and want to be able to use the room year-round, you’ll need to go with a heated sunroom. However, if you plan to use it mostly as an extra space for activities that aren’t necessary or relevant during the winter months, you may want to consider a three-season room. This option can also be perfect for homeowners whose primary motivation for an addition is to be able to increase the natural light in their homes and/or see and experience more of their natural surroundings.
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 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!