Sunrooms are as popular as ever which makes for a multitude of sunroom ideas. Not to be confused with a four-season room, sunroom designs rely on the sun on warmth and they lack air conditioning as a general rule. Like any room addition, sunrooms can be as simple or elegant as finances allow.
Sunrooms can be custom-built or purchased as prefabricated sunrooms. Either way, you will want to choose a sunroom design that blends in with the architecture of your home. Options range from traditional designs that use a shed-type roof, cathedrals that have a gable-style roof, split-roof designs for a more contemporary look, and a dramatic roofline, to curved designs with curved glass roofs.
Since sunrooms are all about the glass, choose windows for a sunroom that have a high R-value, are tempered for safety, have draft-proof seals, and have the American Architectural Manufacturers Association approval. Triple pane low e-glass windows are perhaps the best windows for sunrooms and will provide the best energy efficiencies. However, double pane windows that are argon-filled will provide substantial energy efficiency as well. Single pane windows are the most economical but least energy-efficient.
Window treatments for sunrooms are much like those for any room in your home. Plantation shutters are a popular option as are sunroom blinds. Wood blinds are very popular and are available as real wood or as faux wood which looks great and is less expensive. Aluminum blinds are also less expensive and the no holes option is recommended for better light control. For sunroom décor, consider using your wonderful space for plants. They tend to thrive in sunroom environments.