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How Much Space Do I Need to Build a Sunroom?

Adding a sunroom to your home is a great way to add functional square footage, expand your entertaining space, and bring a little bit of outside into the interior of your home. Deciding to build a sunroom in your home is the first step. The second step is a bit harder – determining how big the sunroom will be. There’s no one size fits all approach to choosing the size of your sunroom, but here are some things to consider!

Popular Sunroom Sizes

Sunroom sizes can be customized to fit your needs. Think about what you want to use the sunroom for before choosing a size. Is it going to be a reading nook? A playroom? A grand entertaining space? The options are endless! There are some sizes that are more common than others though. The most popular sunroom sizes are:

  • 12’ x 20’
  • 12’ x 12’
  • 16’ x 20’
  • 10’ x 14’
  • 10’ x 12’
  • 10’ x 8’
  • 8’ x 12’
  • 12’ x 15’

Finding a Space

Look around the exterior of your home to determine possible sunroom locations. Bring a tape measure along to get a rough idea of how large your sunroom could potentially be. Don’t get your heart set on a specific location until you talk to a contractor though! It’s better to choose multiple potential sunroom locations so that if one doesn’t work out, you have a fallback plan.

Repurposing an Existing Space

Another option is to repurpose the existing outdoor space and turn it into a sunroom. If you have a deck, patio, or screened-in porch, that could become your new sunroom! Depending on how large the space is, you could even turn half into a sunroom and leave the other half as a true outdoor space.  Repurposing an existing space tends to cut down on the cost of building a sunroom too!

Downsides of a Larger Sunroom

There’s a common misconception that bigger is always better, but that’s not necessarily true. Larger sunrooms can actually require larger heating and cooling units in your home. That’s a big added expense at the time of construction and on your utility bills each month. If you’re looking to keep the project affordable, ask your contractor how large the sunroom can be without needing to make any major changes to how your home is heated or cooled.

Contact Texas Custom Exteriors today for a sunroom consultation! Whether you already have a location and size chosen or you’re just exploring the idea, our team is happy to help. Building a sunroom this spring or summer is the best way to get the most out of your home for years to come!

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