What is a Sunroom?
A sunroom is basically a conservatory with a solid tile or slate roof with a flat or vaulted internal ceiling. To put it another way, it is an extension with lots of windows. A sunroom is also called a Sun Lounge and it’s a structure usually built onto the side or back of a house. It allows you to admire and to enjoy the surroundings and the views while being sheltered and protected from rain, wind and other weather conditions. As the name suggests, this room has large windows in order to allow panoramic views, where the sun gets through and the room is filled with light and warmth.
What is the advantage of a Sunroom?
For those who really require an extension to their home to create more space for family need a sunroom. This is because a sunroom can be used any day or night any time of the year, so if the kids want to watch TV in the new room on a winters night then they can. The sunroom must be designed to ensure minimal light loss to the existing internal rooms of the house.
These additions are more integrated into the house than conservatories, and are usually completed using the more core construction materials – yet still offer large spans of glass that will help brighten up your home’s interior spaces.
They are specifically designed to strengthen the connection between indoors and out, allowing more natural illumination into the house and better views of the garden, while also helping to provide ample warmth via solar gain
Turkington’s Sunrooms come in a number of design options. These range from Lean-to, Edwardian, Victorian and more bespoke designs such a ‘P’ shaped.
To achieve optimal performance in a sunroom, it’s important to include solid elements alongside the glazing. A well-insulated floor and some areas of conventional walling – such as a low plinth or solid ends.
Incorporating traditional roofing alongside rooflights can help balance thermal performance, too. Not having an entirely glazed extension will mean you can focus your views through well thought-out glazing. The result should provide the desired look while not costing a fortune to run.
Design & Materials
At Turkingtons we will help you choose products that work in aesthetic harmony with the main house, such as local materials that blend with your home. Also reflecting the same roof pitch as the property is another way to complement the dwelling and produce a seamless natural result.
Most of our clients choose to use these rooms as social spaces, often integrated into a large kitchen-diner. Some prefer to have a zone that allows them to easily relax ‘outside’.
Sliding and bi-folding doors with a low threshold can handily work as window and entrance – they’ll look great and help connect with the outside whether open or closed.
In summary, investing in a sunroom that has been well-designed by looking at its orientation, thermal performance and mass will add hugely to your enjoyment of your existing home.
A sunroom can be a flexible space for relaxing, as well as entertaining in, and I’d expect that for many of you and your pets, it will become a go-to space all year round.
The sunroom is usually furnished with comfortable armchairs, lounge chairs and sofas. It’s a space where you can entertain guests or simply relax with the family. To emphasize the brightness of the room you can paint the walls while. Skylights are also common in sunrooms. Also, if you want to create a stronger connection with the outdoors, you can add plants and flowers.
See how your Sunroom will look on your home before you buy
We offer a free expert design service, using state-of-the-art design software that lets you see what your extension will look like before it’s built.
The software can superimpose a 3D rendering of your new Sunroom over a photograph of your home, so you can see exactly how it will look on your home and allow you to make any changes in design before you go ahead with your choice.