Adding a sunroom (AKA a glass addition) to your home is a versatile way to transform your space. From allowing you to enjoy the outdoors all year round to increasing the square footage of your home, a sunroom can provide a variety of benefits to your daily life.
“The outdoors is so important for your morale, and a sunroom allows you to enjoy the outdoors even while you’re inside,” says Colleen McNamera-DuPuy of Port Ewan-based Hudson Valley Sunrooms, a franchise of Four Seasons Sunroom with 37 years of experience creating glass additions for homes across the Hudson Valley, Catskills, and Capital Region. “A sunroom can take the place of a deck that you never use or actually allow you to see that beautiful view that is hidden behind a wall,” she says. “It’s all about taking what you already have and enhancing it, and creating a room that becomes part of your home.”
Though it might be tempting to think of a sunroom as a one-size-fits all solution, there are actually many different features to choose from. Below are just a few of the ways you can customize a sunroom with Hudson Valley Sunrooms that will ensure your new addition is the perfect fit for your style and home.
Glass roofs allow natural light to pour in from above, which can increase the brightness of the surrounding areas of your home. For both its sunroom roofs and walls, Hudson Valley Sunrooms uses efficient glass that has low UV transmission and low heat gain, which allows you to easily heat and cool the space so you can use your sunroom year-round.
Interior and Exterior Framing
The framing you use for your sunroom can have a dramatic effect on your home’s aesthetic. Wood framing is a great choice for homeowners looking for a warm, cozy look or a more rustic, organic appeal. Lightweight aluminum framing, on the other hand, can further reflect the light in your space, making the whole room feel contemporary, edgy, and bright.
This choice is all about the overall effect that you want your sunroom to add to your home.
If you’re in the market for a simple addition, look to the straight eave roof, which has a straight roofline that projects off the side of your house in a downward slope. Its sharp, clean angle is a great fit for modern homes.
For those who want a more dramatic look, the glass-ceilinged conservatory or glass-ceilinged cathedral roof sunrooms are calling your name.
Hudson Valley Sunrooms offers conservatories in both Georgian and Victorian styles. The Georgian conservatory takes inspiration from the British Renaissance, with a squared off, regal appearance. The Victorian conservatory, inspired by the Victorian era, has a hexagonal shaped roof that creates a glittering, multi-faceted effect.
A cathedral roof sunroom has a high peak in the center of the roof, just like a cathedral. It has a streamlined, yet soaring effect that is a great choice for gable-roofed homes like Colonials, where the roofline will fit right in.
If you’re looking for the best of both worlds, the classic curved eve (also known as a solarium) is the choice for you. With a roofline that curves into the wall of windows below, it offers uninterrupted views and elegant lines. It’s a classic, slightly retro style of sunroom that never goes out of style.