Fact and fiction can be difficult to separate in sunroom installation especially for inexperienced homeowners. But don’t fret because doing so is possible in the following sections.
In the olden days, the differences between a sunroom and an annex to the main house were obvious. For example, sunrooms were previously not equipped with electricity but this is quickly becoming the norm, if it is not already the standard.
But there are still obvious differences such that a sunroom is a sunroom when it has:
• None of the centralized system for heating and cooling and
• Lesser space in square meter or square foot than a regular annex.
Sunrooms are also considered as supplemental additions to the main structure with varied purposes. These can include as a family room, a hobby room, a home office, a relaxation room, and an entertainment room for guests. The function of a sunroom can be said to be secondary in nature.
Many think that permits from local building authorities are unnecessary for sunroom installation. This is far from the truth! You must secure the necessary building permits, which the Tennessee contractor you hired for the job should know.
Yet another fiction is that prefab kits will cost less than custom-made sunrooms. Keep in mind that the extra options on the sunroom can quickly add up to the total bill, said options of which can include luxurious touches like lights, blinds and temperature control. The cost drivers in sunroom installation are as many as in other parts of the house, say, bathrooms.
Your best bet is to discuss how to lessen the costs of the sunroom with the Tennessee contractor hired for the project. You should be able to enjoy discounts on the products and services with your savvy negotiation skills. Your choice between the prefab kit and the custom-built sunroom will depend on your budget and preferences. If you want a unique-looking sunroom, then a custom-made sunroom will be right up your alley, for example.
Don’t get taken in by the myth that sunrooms can be built sans foundations. This is not necessarily true because many types of sunrooms require the construction of a foundation, not to mention that local ordinances will require it. In prefab kits where sunroom installation is meant to be fast, easy and convenient, you can build it right onto the existing deck or patio. Just be sure to check the instructions to ensure that this is, indeed, so.
Sunrooms are expensive additions to the main structure of the house but their benefits more than make up for their costs. Just be sure that the retailer you will be buying the sunroom from or the contractor you will be hiring for the sunroom installation will be forthright about the total costs. You may be given the runaround; just walk away because you are dealing with a possible scam. In general, nonetheless, a large sunroom can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000 depending on the extras added. Be sure to add the labor for the sunroom installation and you can easily rack up a $15,000 bill, at least.