April in Chicagoland has been cool and rainy, but if you’re like us, you’re still ready to throw open the windows in hopes of spring weather. A screen porch is the perfect way to enjoy spring’s arrival without fully jumping into the great outdoors just yet. If you’re thinking about a sunroom addition, but unsure of where to start, we’ve got you covered!


Sunroom Step 1: Start with Location.


Determining the best spot for your new sunroom may not be obvious. Homeowners often think the perfect location is outside an existing sliding door, or a service door to the house or garage. While those may work sometimes, we strongly encourage thinking from the outside, as opposed to the inside of your home. Walk around a bit and you may find the perfect spot on a side yard that doesn’t have direct access to your home. By adding a door at this location you gain another entry point, and your porch gets the ideal location. 

screen porch addition
screen porch addition


Sunroom Step 2: Think about Design.


Planning a screen porch with continuity between the interior and exterior makes the space a true extension of your home. Cathedral or trayed ceilings add a spacious feeling, while creating space for lighting or ceiling fans.

Capturing the best of spring and summer weather, EZE Breeze screen porch windows are a versatile selection. These windows have the ability to stack, while providing clear views to the outside and creating fresh air circulation. A lightweight option, but heavy enough to offer protection from various weather conditions, they will help to provide many hours of enjoyment on your porch!


Sunroom Step 3: Keep it Simple.


Focus on making classic material selections that are low maintenance.  Match outside siding, roof, and other materials to your existing home.  A continuous flow of style and materials complimenting your home adds to the overall curb appeal and value. Porcelain tile, composite exterior flooring, or luxury vinyl flooring offer an abundance of low maintenance, timeless options.

Wood plank, shiplap, or beadboard are just a few ceiling materials that add interest and warmth to your porch. Keep color selections understated and add accents of color with furniture and  accessories.   

Summer is coming… we promise, and a sunroom addition is the perfect way to get the most out of it!

Need a little more inspiration? Check out this recent sunroom project to get more ideas.

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