How to Make Your Porch Into a Sunroom for Year-Round Use

Although an open porch can be quite pleasant to have when the weather is nice, it is not a whole lot of fun to sit in an open porch once the weather turns colder or when it is raining. As a result, use of an open porch is quite limited. Therefore, if you want to get more use out of your porch, you might want to consider transforming it into a sunroom instead. Thankfully, the process of transforming a porch into a sunroom doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might think.

Consider What You Are Working With

The reality is that much of the structure you need for transforming a porch into a sunroom is already in place. Therefore, you likely will not need to do any major construction in order to get the process started. Still, you will need to take a critical look at your porch in order to determine if you need to add more to the basic structure in order to support the walls that you will be adding later.

Build the Walls and Ceiling

Essentially, you are just going to need to add walls and a ceiling to your porch in order to change it into a sunroom. When installing the walls, however, be sure to plan for windows and to include insulation in the walls. This way, your porch will stay nice and warm for you in the colder months so you can enjoy it throughout the year.

Choose the Right Windows

In order to help keep the heat in and the cold out, you should select double-pane, tempered windows for you sunroom. In addition, you should plan on putting plenty of windows in your sunroom. After all, you want to be able to enjoy watching the great outdoors whenever you sit in your new room.

Let There be Heat

In addition to installing windows to help keep the cold out, you might also want to consider adding some sort of a heating unit to your sunroom. If possible, you might want to add some ductwork and tie it into your existing furnace. If this is not possible, you might simply add a wood or gas stove to the room. This way, you can heat it up and warm up the sunroom whenever you like!

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  1. Joey Cuban says:

    Turning a porch into a sunroom is an excellent idea! One I would love, and so would our two children maybe one day we will get around to doing it…. it is one of those projects that gets dreamed about, but takes a while to actually get to it!

  2. Thanks for the great info!! I would absolutely love a sunroom at my house.

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