Living Lavishly: How to Turn Your Back Patio Into a Proper Sunroom

Living Lavishly: How to Turn Your Back Patio Into a Proper Sunroom
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    You don't have to spend months and months converting your back patio into a sunroom.


In fact, with a little knowledge and planning, you can turn the whole thing into a quick and painless project. Here are just four tips for preparing your patio conversion.

Add Your Walls

You can choose between many different materials for the walls of your sunroom. Vinyl is popular because it’s inexpensive and easily installed; and aluminum is another great option because of the way that it can utilize interlocking frames between floor-to-ceiling windows. You can even splurge on a wooden sunroom for maximum aesthetic value. Throw in some matching mahogany floors with wicker furniture scattered around the space, and your sunroom will be the picture of style.

Plan Your Roof

You have more options that you might think when it comes to enclosing your patio space. For example, gable roofs are classic architectural designs that form a "V" shape. Skillion roofs make half of a "V" and slope downwards to prevent the build-up of rain, ice and snow. Pyramid roofs are always stylish, and bonnet roofs add a fun twist to regular roof angles. You might also consider a plain flat roof if you plan on installing skylights or other glass features in your sunroom.

Let There Be Light

Speaking of glass features, they’re a critical component of your sunroom. Think about things like energy-efficient windows (like those from Royal Exteriors), sliding glass doors and portholes that peek through the roof. Think about what will soften harsh glares at high noon and what will reflect the glory of a golden sunrise in the morning. Don’t forget about your interior lights, either, because you might want to relax in your sunroom in the evening. Maybe you could wire the room for lamps or hanging pendant lights.

Accessorize Your Space

Choosing the decor of your sunroom is often the most fun part of creating it. The key to a lavish, luxurious style is to accentuate the room’s natural materials and design elements. For example, if you went with hardwood floors, some trendy bamboo blinds will really complement the look. If your windows are flanked by white vinyl frames, continue the white color scheme with your couches, chairs and pillows. If your patio has any natural features that you love, make sure that you showcase them in the converted sunroom too.

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These are just a few things to keep in mind as you transform your patio into a sunroom. It’s easier than you might think to create a brand-new space, but it will still require planning, designing and financing, so take your time and do it right.



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Hannah Whittenly

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A full-time mother of two, Hannah enjoys imagining and planning projects to make her home more beautiful. Occasionally, she'll actually get around to starting one of them.