Sunroom Window Options
By: Architectural Visions
A light-filled sunroom is an ideal space to enjoy during all four seasons and soak in the benefits of the sun year-round. A sunroom typically has large expenses of windows surrounding the room, flooding the space with natural light. This gives you the mood-boosting benefits of sunlight, even when the temperatures are too cold to be outdoors. If you have a sunroom in your home, read on to be inspired by the different types of windows ideal in this space.
Key takeaways of sunroom window options:
- During the winter, a skylight can provide the feeling of the warmer months and help your sunroom feel brighter.
- Picture windows are an excellent choice for a sunroom, as they frame the outdoors and bring your outdoor views indoors, as they’re made of a series of panels that fold into themselves, opening up an entire wall to your outdoor space.
- Sliding doors can help you control the amount of air that enters or exits your sunroom, as you can open them a few inches or all the way
- Floor-to-ceiling windows will make you feel like you’re outside while sitting inside the sunroom. Floor-to-ceiling windows can either be operable, such as a casement window.
- Transom windows are horizontal, are installed above a window or door and are an excellent way to make the windows or doors appear taller.
Picture windows are an excellent choice for a sunroom, as they frame the outdoors and bring your outdoor views indoors. Since picture windows do not open, pairing a picture window with different window operable styles provides the views that a picture window offers, combined with the function of operable windows. For example, a picture window can be on two ends of the room, with a set of bi-fold doors in the center.
Bi-fold doors also do an excellent job facilitating indoor-outdoor living. Bifold doors are made of panels that fold into themselves, opening up an entire wall to your outdoor space. Then, when you want to enjoy your sunroom as an enclosed indoor living space, the bi-fold doors easily close while providing expansive outdoor views.
Sliding doors slide sideways to open and close and are typically made of two or more large panes of glass. Sliding doors can help you control the air that enters or exits your sunroom, as you can open them a few inches or all the way. So whether you want to feel like you’re outdoors while sitting in your sunroom or you want the benefit of a light breeze, sliding doors let you determine your comfort level.
Floor-to-ceiling windows will make you feel like you’re outside while sitting inside the sunroom. Floor-to-ceiling windows can either be operable, such as a casement window. Or, they can be fixed, such as a picture window. Floor-to-ceiling windows let in substantial light, creating the ideal sunroom atmosphere. Since floor-to-ceiling windows have such expansive pieces of glass, energy-efficient options are a wise choice. This will reduce your home’s overall energy costs and ensure the sunroom feels like it’s at an optimal temperature.
Installing a skylight in a sunroom can further maximize the sunlight that floods through the room, provided there is no second floor above the sunroom. During the winter, a skylight can give the feeling of the warmer months and help your sunroom feel brighter. If you crave more natural light and privacy in your sunroom, skylights are an excellent choice. However, due to their height, skylights can be challenging to clean.
Tying it together
A sunroom is a beautiful space that unites the indoors with the outdoors. Designing the sunroom around the home’s exterior landscaping can help it feel like one cohesive space. Selecting colors, materials and textures that enhance the outdoor landscaping, whether it’s lush greenery, a colorful garden, or a sparkling blue body of water, will blur the lines between the indoors and outdoors where you can relax, soak in the sun and enjoy the views.
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