Why Add a Sunroom to Your Home

Screen shot 2015-01-17 at 12.29.20 AMDo you ever wish you had a place in your home where you could sit and enjoy lots of sunlight, have a clear view of your lovely backyard, and enjoy extra warmth on a cold winter day? A sunroom is just what you need. Sunrooms are structures that are attached to a house on a foundation of wood or concrete. They are constructed in a way that avoids the cost of typical construction. These structures give a family extra room at an affordable price. There are a number of reasons why people choose to add a sunroom.

Extra Space:

sunroom-familyA sunroom offers a wonderful space away from the clutter of household activity. It’s an ideal place for quality time with one’s family like playing board games, reading together and watching TV. It can be an extra place for quiet time, like writing, meditating and so on. A sunroom is also a great place to entertain your guests to make them feel welcome in your new warm and inviting space.

Picture yourself in a warm cozy sunroom with natural light flowing in from the many window surfaces. Enjoy the wonderful view of your beautiful yard no matter what the season. It’s lots of fun to watch the birds and squirrels darting here and there. You’ll have a great all-around view of your children or grandkids playing outdoors. Or you can just sit, relax and do nothing.

Practical Considerations:

Besides the improvement in lifestyle, a sunroom increases the square footage of your home. This, in turn, increases its value when it’s time to sell. In addition, adding this window loving room improves the over-all look of your home, adding the “wow” factor.

Energy Efficient:

With all the glass surfaces that are part of the design of sunrooms, the room stays warm with beautiful streaming rays of light. In addition to this being an energy saver, the light improves mood and helps relaxation.

You will surely get a lot of use from a sunroom. Why wait? You may have regrets if you do, wishing you had built it sooner.

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Porch Decorating Ideas for Winter

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Don’t let your front porch become bleak and uninviting during winter months. There are many decorating ideas for porches that will make guests feel welcome and brighten their day when approaching your home. If you live in a snowy region, the snow provides a beautiful backdrop for winter decor, but if you have little or no snow, there are also ways to perk up your front porch. Here in Northern Virginia, you never know what you’re going to get from one year to the next.

Decide on a Decorating Plan

Winter decor should be fairly simple and uncluttered. Consider the size and shape of your porch. Unless your porch is very small, start with a few small evergreen trees in pots. They could be decorated with simple features like small garland and other natural looking items. You might consider putting a couple of white wicker chairs outside. Add a small white table. There are some nice clear days in the winter when you might like to come out on your porch for a cup of hot cocoa and to enjoy the beautiful day.

Northern Virginia porch
Artistic front porch decorations.
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Make Your Porch Interesting and Appealing

Here are a few porch decorating ideas and items to enhance appeal. Spruce it up with a cluster of bird houses, or cages painted white. You could add a vintage weather-proof miniature village placed on a white table would look nice on your porch. Place a vintage sled decorated with greens or pine cones against the wall. Colors like dark green, deep shades of red and blue, silver or black for your decorations are most effective in setting a wintry scene. A few strands of twinkling clear lights will be welcoming at night. Try using electric candles placed in clear jars and painted white.

Decorate the Front Door

The possibilities are endless when making a wreath to hang on your front door. This is where you get to show your creativity.  You can use twigs, berries, greens, pine cones sprayed white, fabric and ribbons. Don’t worry if you are short on creativity the day you start your porch decorating.  Look on Pinterest or other image galleries for ideas that coordinate with the color of your front door and shutters if you have them.

Winter Container Plants and More
Porch Decorating Ideas

Some hardy winter container plants could be placed on the stairway leading to the porch. Examples of those that work well are ornamental cabbage and kale. Dwarf evergreen hollies also look nice.