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Have you thought about the sunshine lately? Could your house do with some lightening up? Would you like to enjoy your garden all year round, whatever the weather? Add a sunroom to your house and all this could be yours.


A sunroom, simply, is a room that captures the sun. To do so, it must surely have lots of glass. The short answer is, yes, but there is a lot more that goes into the design of a sunroom than just adding windows. In fact, enclosing a porch, refunctioning an existing room, or building an addition are all alternatives to think about.

The beauty of having a room dedicated to the sun is that it can stand alone. From the outside, it should either continue the style and look of the house, or it may complement it. From the inside, though, the palette is a clean slate.

Tips to build a modern sunroom

The idea of a room that catches the sun is not a new one, but you shouldn’t necessarily take your inspiration for your sunroom from pictures of conservatories and the like. Think glass. Think letting the sunshine in. Think opening walls.

A modern and popular idea for a sunroom addition is to use a steel frame from which folding doors can be hung. This will certainly bring the sunshine in during cooler weather and the doors stay closed; and bring the air and sun in when you open all the doors during summer.

Perhaps you want to renovate/alter an existing room to be a sunroom. An easy alternative is to replace any windows with larger ones and even insert a glass door onto the garden, or the verandah beyond. You can also look beyond the obvious and easiest, by consulting sunroom design and construction services. Imagine how effective it would be to remove the one wall of the room and replace it mostly with glass.

You can also think about reaching the heights with the sunroom design. If you have a gable roof, you could consult your sunroom designs and construction services people about installing a window up near the top of the gable and bringing in more light.

Part of the service that a company like Lake Macquarie Carpentry and Building offers is sunroom designs and construction services, so they are the perfect fit for making your vision for a sunroom become reality.

Make it a process

If you are not completely sure what you want a sunroom to look like and how it may work, you could consider doing it in stages. This is a particularly useful strategy if you begin with a limited budget that is likely to grow.

If it is a realistic option for you to work on creating a sunroom addition in stages, then you will need to work with a company that offers sound sunroom designs and construction services. Lake Macquarie Carpentry and Building specialises in additions and renovations and is committed to working with the customer.

The first stage of the overall strategy is to have a long-term plan. Then you can plan and budget for the steps to come.

Identify a space in your backyard where the sunroom will attach to your house, then consult with Lake Macquarie Carpentry and Building about how to approach the project. Building the porch, with a steel frame and wooden deck can be the first thing you do. This will give you the ‘outside-inside’ feel, with the cool air around you. As the winter approaches, though, the next step in your plan may be to add some protection from the colder air. If you have the budget to complete this phase, then go ahead. If not, then you can still enjoy the porch on a winter afternoon and wait till the next year to install the glass.