Choosing Between a Sunroom and a Standard Home Addition

When considering expanding the livable space in your home, two choices may present themselves as attractive options: building a sunroom or a standard home addition. Both have their advantages, but they also come with disadvantages. G.M. Roth Design Remodeling shares a comparison below to help you decide.

Choosing Between a Sunroom and a Standard Home Addition


Sunrooms are a fantastic addition to any house, with its primary feature of providing the space with lots of natural light. They are often distinguished for their panoramic windows and sometimes glass roofs, delivering a dedicated space for natural light to flood your home. They hold multifarious attributes that could elevate your home’s appeal and functionality.

Advantages of a Sunroom

As one of the most popular house additions in the state, sunrooms come with many benefits:

  • Increased Natural Light – The key feature of any sunroom is abundant natural light. The room’s large windows and possibly glass roofing help bring sunlight in. Additionally, sunrooms can help lower electricity costs by using sunlight instead of artificial light during the day.
  • Easier Construction – Sunrooms are often quicker and easier to construct than a full home addition. They typically require less extensive groundwork, fewer materials, and less building time.

Disadvantages of a Sunroom

While they have their benefits, sunrooms also have their drawbacks.

  • Limited Use in Extreme Weather – If you live in an area with scorching summers or cold winters, a sunroom might be uncomfortable or unusable during these seasons unless equipped with suitable cooling or heating systems.
  • May Not Add to Resale Value – While it could attract potential buyers, a sunroom may not add as much value to your home as a full addition would.

Standard Home Additions

Unlike the specialized nature of sunrooms, standard house additions refer to the construction of new structures or rooms attached to the existing house. These additions can match the home’s existing aesthetic or introduce a new concept.

From living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, garages, or even a custom space for unique needs, standard home additions can substantially transform your home’s footprint.

Advantages of a Standard Home Addition

The perks of standard home additions are significant and varied, but they often substantially impact a home’s functionality and aesthetics.

  • Increase in Home Value – A well-built home addition that blends seamlessly with the rest of the house can significantly increase your home’s resale value.
  • Year-Round Comfort – Unlike sunrooms, standard additions are just as insulated as the rest of the house, making them usable regardless of weather.

Disadvantages of a Standard Home Addition

Here are the drawbacks of getting a standard home addition.

  • Costly and Time-Consuming – Building a standard home addition typically requires more materials, labor, and time than a sunroom, making it more expensive.
  • Needs More Planning – Given substantial modifications to your home’s structure, home additions usually need extensive planning and may even need to follow more specific local building ordinances.

Contact Us Today

Whether you end up moving forward with a sunroom, a standard home addition, or even a kitchen or bathroom remodeling project, G.M. Roth Design Remodeling is here to help. Don’t hesitate to call us at (603) 880-3761 to request a consultation. We serve Tewksbury, North Andover, North Reading, and other neighboring MA communities.

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