Sunroom Addition: Get the Outside Experience, Inside

A sunroom addition is a great way to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle, even when it’s cool out.

A sunroom addition is a great way to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle, even when it’s cool out.

For many Okanagan residents, there’s nothing more blissful than watching the sunrise while savouring a cup of freshly brewed coffee out on their deck. While this is achievable when the weather cooperates, it tends to loose its appeal when conditions are too cold. That is, unless you have a sunroom addition on your home.

Sunrooms give homeowners the ability to bring the outdoor lifestyle into their own homes. Whether it’s raining outside, or the temperature is just too chilly in the shoulder seasons, you can still sit, relax and enjoy the outdoor scenery from the comfort that this cozy living space provides. 

Here are some of the other benefits you can expect from a sunroom addition:


Free Solar Heat

With the right setup and orientation, a sunroom will collect solar heat in much the same way that a greenhouse does. With this passive solar heating system, you can help heat other parts of the house and significantly reduce your utility bills. This type of home renovation can provide a significant return on investment over time.

There are a number of things you can do to maximize the design of a sunroom addition to achieve this:

  • Used glazed glass to maximize heat capture
  • Orient your sunroom to face south for maximum sun exposure
  • Insulate the roof to retain captured heat 

Furthermore, it’s a good idea to utilize building materials with good thermal mass qualities. This includes using thick tiles for flooring, as well as brick, rock or masonry for the walls between the sunroom and the house. These materials act as heat sinks, storing thermal energy and then transferring it slowly to the rest of the house.


Work Great with Swimming Pools

Sunrooms can help homeowners get more enjoyment from their swimming pools. Particularly in the earlier and later parts of the season, they are the perfect place to warm up before and after you take a dip.

Furthermore, many pools in Kelowna feature a well-positioned sunroom because it gives parents the perfect vantage point to mind the little ones when they’re swimming.


Year-round Greenhouse

Sunrooms are handy tool for gardeners. Whether you want to start plants inside to get a head start on the growing season, or you want to grown plants inside year-round, a sunroom provides the ideal environment. Other advantages include:

  • Doesn’t need to be heated like a detached greenhouse
  • Easy access lets you check up on plants
  • Perfect place to grow a culinary herb garden
  • Adds visual appeal to your sunroom coffee sessions

If you’re considering home additions, read our post: 5 Steps for Choosing Trustworthy Kelowna Contractors.


To make your dream of a sunroom addition a reality, talk to Rafter 4K Contracting. Our skilled tradesmen can handle home renovation projects of all sizes.


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