Summer is here, as is the wacky weather; one day it’s searing hot, the next day it’s flash floods. Welcome to Northern Virginia! The impossible-to-predict weather makes many homeowners decide to build an all-season’s room, or sunroom, or an enclosed back porch instead of, or in addition to, a backyard patio or deck. This space can be utilized in all months of the year, but really flourishes best in the hot, summer months. Perhaps when you bought your house, there was already an outdoor living space, but it may need some upgrading, or, you want to merge that outdoor area into the rest of your home. Whatever the case may be, here are some key investments you can make to create that outdoor living space indoors!
Nowadays there are many style items that are available for outdoor space; you can pretty much emulate any look with seasonal accents. Patio furniture has seen a major upgrade in recent years; select a higher end collection of patio furniture for your indoor/outdoor space. This furniture will get more wear and tear than the average patio furniture, and will need to be sturdier than what you would normally buy. These pieces are still quite a bit more affordable than regular furniture, and are specially made to withstand heat and humidity.
Adding live plants will marry the outside with the outside well, but don’t select any average house plant. Choose more tropical plants that really like the sun or may be a little fragile for outdoor weather. Gardenias are great indoor plants that love to see sun. If your room gets a lot of sunshine, consider also adding succulents to the room. Succulents will change color according to the amount of sunlight they receive. Plants will work with any design; talk to your local nursery about the different types of outdoor plants that could also work indoors.
The flooring you choose for your sunroom will ultimately depend on your budget. Ask yourself how often you will use the sunroom, in what capacity, and how much you can spend and on what.
When it comes to the floors, you have more than just tiles to choose from. Carpet can create a cozy and comfortable environment. Choosing a tight weave will help repel dirt, however, carpet can fade if exposed to intense sun/heat. Laminate flooring is popular due to the availability of finishes and colors. You can even by laminate that looks just like real tile, wood or stone.
Any kind of flooring can work in the right room, but it is important to discuss your room with a professional. Set up your appointment with one of our designers to review what you have, and what you want the room to look like!