If you are considering a room addition let us share with you the benefits of 3 or 4 season rooms. Over the years CH Construction has been privileged to create home owners dreams. My personal favorites are the 3 and 4 season room additions. The reason for this is the flexibility of the rooms purpose. When my husband built our 4 season room many years ago the purpose was to extend our living space.
Understanding the difference in a 3 season room and a 4 season will help you decide which room will fit you and your families needs. A 4-season room has a permanent heating and cooling system. Banks and mortgage companies consider this additional living space when being appraised. A 3 season room does not have permanent heating and cooling systems. Therefore banks and mortgage companies tend to view a 3 season room as a deck or screened porch addition and NOT additional living space. Therefore the increase in the value of the home is less than if you were to have a 4 season room. If you would like a 3 season room there are options you can add later to add heat and cooling to your room so you can enjoy it all 4 seasons. We have added a wood-burning stove to our 3-season room. We also have a portable air conditioning unit for the heat of the summer. A fireplace can be added for heat and aesthetics.
Typically 3 and 4 season rooms have sliding glass doors, French doors, or atrium doors. They also tend to have floor to ceiling windows to add more light and viewing. All of these add light and give the effect of being outdoors without the bugs or weather effecting your enjoyment. Flooring can vary in these season rooms depending on how the homeowner is planning on using the room. We personally went with a tile floor as I had planned on using it for plants. Some have even considered heated flooring to help in the winter months.
When choosing a 3 or 4 season room think long term of how this room will grow with your family. As mentioned above our 3-season room has many different uses. The additional living space is by far the biggest benefit to our family. My husband loves the outdoors and having an office where he can enjoy the view while working is a bonus. He shares the space with my plants giving him more of a sense of being outdoors. If the weather keeps us from being outside, we can still enjoy the beauty from the 3-season room. I cannot explain how cozy it is to sit by the wood stove and watch the snow fall or enjoy a cup of coffee and watch a thunderstorm from the safety of our 3-season room.