Sunrooms Ideas: Seamless Exterior Additions

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.

Pretty Sunroom Addition

This sunroom, paired with outdoor seating, makes an indoor-outdoor entertaining center.

Sunroom with Peaked Roof

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.

Cupola-Topped Sunroom Addition

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.

Prefabricated Sunroom Addition

Stretching nearly 40 feet along the side of the house, an 11-foot-deep, prefabricated sunroom serves as both a greenhouse and a living area. Three sets of French doors open to the home's living room, providing daylight and plenty of expansive views.

Sunny Dining Area

Adding this sunroom to a suburban house created a generous dining area for a growing family. The addition sits at grade level on a concrete slab that extends to form walkways and a surrounding patio.

Glass-Roof Sunroom

A prefabricated sunroom is a simple addition project. This glass-roof version was tucked under an eave and forms a small courtyard. Prefabricated sunrooms of any size must rest on a foundation that complies with local building codes.

Shaded Solarium

This sunroom addition is nestled under a giant oak. Shade from the tree during the summer and early fall cools the space naturally. After the leaves fall, the added sunlight helps warm the interior.

Cottage-Style Sunroom

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.

French-Style Solarium

Inspired by a French chateau dining room, this enchanting sunroom is a stylish complement to the stately brick Georgian home. A copper-clad roof and Doric columns reinforce the classical theme. The room's curve provides an enticing transition to the outdoors.

Gazebo-Like Sunroom Addition

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.

Sunny Breakfast Nook

This small bump-out created a sunny breakfast nook that overlooks a tiny but lush garden. A conventionally framed foundation supports the sunroom and aligns it with the rest of the home.

Modular Sunroom

This prefabricated sunroom features a roof that matches the rest of the home, allowing it to blend seamlessly.

Terrace-Topped Sunroom

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.

Easy-Maintenance Exterior

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.

Architectural Details

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.

Gothic-Style Solarium

This solarium features windows that repeat the Gothic arch and diamond-shape panes that prevail throughout the rest of the home.

Glass-Top Conservatory

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.

Sunroom with Intricate Roofline

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.

Sunroom with Awning Windows

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.

Pretty Entry into Sunroom

This entry provides easy access to a garden from the sunroom. To help the addition blend with the existing house, the clapboard siding and windows were carefully aligned. Landscaping and lattice minimize the visibility of the open space under the addition.

Air-Conditioned Sunroom

Air-conditioning, a ceiling fan, and some shading from deciduous trees work together to keep this sunroom comfortable in the summer months. Air-conditioning is a foolproof method for making a sunroom comfortable on even the hottest days.

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