If you’re lucky enough to have a sunroom, count yourself blessed. A sunroom is a wonderful addition to a home, and can serve many different functions depending on your needs. While we typically think of sunrooms as spring and early summer retreats, your sunroom can easily be a four-season room with a little planning. With energy-efficient windows and a proper heating and cooling system, your sunroom can be an inviting space year-round. Here are just a few things you can do with it:
Use It As An Extension Of Your Living Space
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Since sunrooms are generally light and airy, they’re the perfect place for dining al fresco. With a little creativity—and possibly some wrought-iron furniture—you’ll feel like you’re dining at an outdoor bistro. A sunroom can also be used as a second living room, an entertainment room, or a quiet conversation area.
Turn It Into A Home Gym
Forget working out in the basement–a sunroom is the ideal space for a home gym or yoga studio. You can enjoy the feeling of being outdoors while using indoor equipment, and you can do it through all seasons and weather. Using your sunroom as a gym isn’t just good for your body; the openness and natural light are a mood-booster too.
Use It To Bring The Outdoors Indoors
A sunroom is an opportunity to keep a flower garden all year round. Since you control the climate, you can use the space to grow tender plants which might not flourish in outdoors conditions. With a little garden furniture sprinkled around, the sunroom can be a tropical retreat even in the dead of winter.
Turn It Into A Pool Room
As surprising as it sounds, if you’re thinking of installing a pool, your sunroom might be the right place to put it. Pools come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and depending on the size of your sunroom they may be a perfect fit. A sunroom is also an ideal place for a hot tub. Add some greenery and garden furniture, and you have a spa getaway in the comfort of your own home.
Use It As A Craft Room Or Studio
If you’re a creative person, the sunroom—with lots of windows and open space—becomes the perfect studio. Whether you paint, sculpt, sew, or even write, nothing compares to natural light. A sunroom studio can get your creative juices flowing, then give you the ideal conditions to take your project all the way to completion.
Turn It Into A Playroom
Remember how boring rainy and snowy days were when you were a child? Turning your sunroom into a playroom serves a dual purpose: it gives your children a little taste of the outdoors even when the weather is uncooperative, and it gives you the peace of mind of knowing where they are and what they’re doing while keeping them from being underfoot. It’s a win-win situation for parents and kids alike.
So don’t close your sunroom off for the winter. With the right heating and cooling system, your sunroom can be a space to enjoy from Christmas day through the dog days of summer and everything in between.