The sunroom; a home addition solution that will allow you to enjoy a beautiful sunny day minus the sunscreen or the wasps.

A sunroom is a great alternative to a deck addition if you want to enjoy the warm of the sun without enduring the rest of the elements that come with warm weather. If designed appropriately, you could also utilize it year-round! Today, we’re sharing options for designing your sunroom, and other things to consider if you’re planning add one to your home.


Is a sunroom right for me?

When you’re thinking of installing a sunroom addition, you should begin by determining your means for designing and building one. Check with your city’s building code and zoning regulations to make sure you have the space on your property and can obtain a permit to build. Decide which view you would like to take advantage of for your sunroom placement. You should also consider the amount of sunlight you want shone into your sunroom. If you want a shadier option, install the addition near a large tree.

You should also determine if it’s worth the investment. According to Canada’s National Association of the Remodelling Industry, sunrooms could yield approximately 56% return on investment. With this in mind, if you’re looking for a home renovation that will pay for itself when you put your home on the market, this home addition may not be your #1 choice.



Sunroom Placement

According to Better Homes, there are recommended placements for your sunroom depending on which climate you are in, and which timing of sunshine you prefer. Northern exposures will provide partial shade most of the day, and could get quite cool or damp. Eastern exposure will provide sunshine in the morning, whereas western exposure will provide harsher sunshine in the afternoon. Southern exposure is best for northern climates because it allows most sunlight for both natural light and warmth.



Sunroom Structural Options

A sunroom does not have to be limited to being a mainfloor addition. You can convert an existing balcony into a sunroom if you will find yourself more comfortable enjoying the rays of sun from the indoors rather than the outdoors. You can also create a gazebo type of sunroom to bring a little country charm to your home.



Letting the Light In

Sunrooms are not limited to simply big windows. There are more ways to let in the natural light! You could install skylights or even have a full glass roof to let in ample sunlight. However, a full glass roof can make the sunroom very warm when it hits noon as the sun beams down from its highest point. Glass doors also let it lots of light, and make the sunroom look more uniform. Wrapping windows around the sunroom will allow light in year-round.



Sunroom Uses


For relaxation… Your sunroom can be purposed as a reading room or a living room, furnished by comfortable couches and a coffee table.

For entertainment… Sunrooms are commonly used as a dining space. There’s something about enjoying your morning coffee and breakfast with the morning sun shining in.

For creativity… Sunrooms are an airy space to let your creativity run wild in. Setting up a studio space is a nice way to use this type of addition.

For gardening… Sunrooms (or greenhouses in this case) are a nice place for indoor plants to grow considering how much natural light they will get! Installing a prefabricated greenhouse garden with a curved glass roof is an option for this type of use.



Sunroom Roofs

You can be creative with the roof of your sunroom. Blend your sunroom addition into your existing home’s exterior by installing the same type of roof over top. You could also use a peaked roof rather than a flat roof to give more space for additional windows. If you want to maximize the utility of the addition in terms of living space, you could build a terrace on top of the mainfloor sunroom. Finally, if you want to have a bit of shade from the midday sun, you could have your roof installed with deeper awnings around the addition.



Keeping it Comfortable

A sunroom can easily start feeling like a sauna in the summer, or an icebox in the winter. If you want to keep the room comfortable year-round, you will need to add more to the budget for installing HVAC and/or insulating the windows. If you want to keep the costs lower, you could use baseboard heaters or a ductless air conditioning to regulate the temperature.



Would you build a sunroom addition? Which idea has peaked your interest?

The Greater Toronto Builders team has a network of professionals to take care of your project from concept to completion. Contact us today hear more about how our project design consultants can help you or to book a free consultation contact us at 647 35 BUILD or email us at

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