Sunrooms are common additions because they support a casual lifestyle and add flexible living space. These sunroom ideas show the many ways to build and use four-season spaces while complementing the existing exterior style of your home.
This sunroom, paired with outdoor seating, makes an indoor-outdoor entertaining center.
Sunrooms are versatile and can be formal or informal, depending on your needs. The style of this sunroom addition follows the lines of the existing house, and the windows take advantage of the lush lawn and garden.
This angled room gives a rear facade more design interest than a typical boxy bump-out. Wraparound windows let in light year-round, and screens let in breezes on warm, sunny days. A distinctive architectural feature, a cupola with windows, tops the addition and showers the interior with light. Traditional-style windows in the gazebo-like addition link the old and new spaces.
This sunroom addition sits at the front of a cottage-style house to maximize sunlight. The sunroom expands the adjoining great-room and floods it with natural light. The original center-door entry was replaced with twin sets of French doors flanking the new sunspace.
A gazebo-like structure is the perfect choice for this sunroom addition to a home in the middle of farm country. The concept for the gazebo came from a grain silo. A small, enclosed hallway links the addition to the main house.
This prefabricated sunroom features a roof that matches the rest of the home, allowing it to blend seamlessly.
Bold trim and matching brick help this addition blend seamlessly with the original 1920s house. Flat-roof sunrooms were a common feature of homes from this time period, but modern materials greatly reduce the likelihood of leaks. Adding a terrace above extends the home's second-floor living space.
This addition's exterior was styled to match the existing house with easy-care vinyl siding and windows. Lush landscaping hides the exposed foundation and makes the addition look as though it were part of the original structure.
The brickwork and rough-cut stone sills under this addition's windows match those on the main house, and the scalloped siding matches the siding on the dormer. Even the brackets under the roof overhang echo those on the existing structure. Attention to such details can be expensive, but it helps maintain value, particularly in a historical home.
This solarium features windows that repeat the Gothic arch and diamond-shape panes that prevail throughout the rest of the home.
A glass-crowned sunroom, such as this one, is a sure way to bring natural light into your sunroom. However, without careful planning, glass-top conservatories can get uncomfortably warm. In addition to requesting low-E glass and tints to filter sunlight, consider installing retractable shades overhead to help control light and heat.
Windows let the sun brighten this sunroom and also make a dramatic design statement. The half-round window at the peak of the roofline adds strong architectural interest to the exterior of this home.
Manually operated awning windows provide an escape route for sun-warmed air while offering some protection against sudden summer showers. Deep roof overhangs shade the glass during the hottest part of the day.