What Determines the Cost of a Sunroom?
Considering a sunroom? These sought-after additions are a great way to expand your home’s footprint while, at the same time, creating a go-to space for family time, entertaining or, simply, relaxing and unwinding. And because of the basic design of sunrooms, by building one into your home you’re instantly bringing in more natural sunlight and a bright, airy look and feel that improves your property value—and the overall appeal of your space.
So the next question: what does a sunroom cost? While the average sunroom costs about $15,000, estimates can range from below that industry average to tens of thousands of dollars more. Ultimately, it comes down to your final sunroom configuration and desired add-ons—in other words, what you want your sunroom to look and feel like when it’s all done. These factors, among others, are central is determining those costs:
No surprise, the footprint and overall size of your sunroom is central to determining cost. That said, don’t assume going up or down by a certain percentage will increase or decrease your sunroom costs proportionally. For example, a 20’ x 10’ sunroom has twice the floor space of a 10’ x 10’ sunroom—however, the larger sunroom might cost just 20% to 40% more.
2. Property Conditions
If you’re converting an existing space—a kitchen nook, for example, or porch—into a sunroom, you’re likely going to spend less than if your desired sunroom space needs to be overhauled before construction can start. Taking down trees, dealing with poor ground conditions or excavation requirements could instantly up your costs before the “real” work even starts.
Same goes for your house itself. Everything from where your sunroom sits and what it attaches to—a sidewall connection, for example, or a roof-to-roof tie-in—can impact cost, as will wiring, piping, outlets and electricity. Before determining the exact location of your sunroom, considering speaking with the Maclin team—our experts can, often, identify an optimal integration plan to save you time and money.
3. Three Season vs. Four Season
In cooler climates, many sunrooms become “three season” rooms—in other words, it’s used spring, summer and fall but, in the winter, is too cold to enjoy. By skipping on the insulation and heating, homeowners can save money on their sunrooms. On the flip side, by creating a “four season” sunroom, you’re likely going to spend more thanks to the cost that comes with insulating the space, upgrading windows and ensuring adequate heat.
Like anything in your home, the final design and features can have a significant impact on final cost. Both interior and exterior finishes and features impact the cost of your sunroom. Features like cathedral ceilings, beadboard, hardwood floors and plaster ceilings are popular in sunrooms but, at the same time, can add to the cost considerably.
5. WHO You Work With
Ultimately, WHO you work with will be a major factor in your final sunroom costs. That said, it’s important not to choose a company based on cost alone. There are plenty of sunroom “kit” companies that cost a fraction of the price of traditional sunrooms, but leave homeowners with a poorly-constructed room made out of low quality materials.
At Maclin Security Door, we’re committed to providing high quality sunrooms at competitive prices. From our first consultation, we’ll work with you and your family to design and build out sunrooms that meet your goals, lifestyle and budget. Get in touch at (901) 377-2456 to learn more and schedule your first consultation and sunroom assessment.