If you have decided to add a sunroom to your patio, you want to get the most from it, right? And it’s possible. You only need to consider these tips:
Ensure the sunroom is facing the right direction
Everything begins here, as there is no way you will enjoy the sunroom if it’s facing the wrong side. Don’t get it wrong. There is no right or wrong location to build your sunroom.
You only need to ensure the unit is facing the direction that meets the needs you are looking to achieve. Some of the directions you can install the sunroom include:
North facing: A sunroom facing the north receives low sun levels and partial shade throughout the day. Patio contractors recommend north-facing sunrooms as the best sunrooms to install, but you should be ready to put on the heating system to use the sunroom in the winter.
South facing: South facing sunrooms are the most aesthetically pleasing sunrooms you can have, and they allow plenty of sunlight to get in during the day. Although they are beautiful, you may need a cooling system installed especially if living in the south.
Eastern facing: An eastern-facing sunroom is best if you love taking your breakfast in the sunroom or you love the sight of the sun early in the morning. This is because the sun gets in the sunroom early in the morning, while it’s all shade in the afternoons and evenings.
Western facing: Are you at home mostly in the evening and love watching the sunset? This is the right sunroom to go for. If you live in hot areas, you may need to invest in shades and a cooling system to keep you comfortable.
Ensure that the sunroom is comfortable
Unless you are using the sunroom as the exercise room, you will have to sit, and you need to be comfortable to enjoy the sunsets, have quality time with family, or simply enjoy your creation.
If you visit many sunrooms, you will find most of them packed with wire furniture and uncomfortable wicker. This is because homeowners have the impression that a sunroom is an outdoor unit, so it should be furnished with outdoor furniture. This is wrong.
To be an exception and ensure you are as comfortable as possible, take the sunroom as part of the main house. Like the rest of your house, have plush pillows, upholstered seating, throws, and other pieces that will ensure that you are comfortable.
You also should throw in a side table and coffee tables to have a place to set down your drinks or a book.
The sunroom is a place to relax, and you can also use it to get some work done when the weather is right, so ask an electrician to install electrical outlets to plug in your laptop.
For optimum comfort, take the sunroom as a second living room and furnish it with all the comfortable pieces of furniture you can.
Although it’s crucial to keep your patio sunrooms comfortable, watch out that you don’t waste money on adornments and furnishings that you won’t use or don’t need.
You need to find a balance between comfort and use. If you don’t frequently use a certain piece of furniture or adornment, there is no point in buying or keeping it.
Use the right glass for the window.
The glass you choose for your sunroom has a significant impact on the performance, feel, and allure of the sunroom, so be ultra-cautious when buying it. There are three main glass types for sunrooms you can choose from:
Single glazed glass: This is a basic window glass that features little insulation or UV properties.
Double glazed glass: These are two glass layers with gas or air trapped in between. As you can guess, this glass provides better insulation.
Triple glazed glass: It’s the most expensive glass of the three and provides the highest level of insulation.
When you choose the best glass for your windows, pay attention to the insulating properties of the glass. Of course, you want the glass providing you with the best insulation. After all, you don’t want to be baked in your sunroom as you are enjoying a sunset, do you?
Sunroom experts agree that the minimum glass you should install in the sunroom is double glazed.
Another factor to consider the Low-E coating. An ideal sunroom window glass should have a soft coat Low-E that allows light but reflects the heat. When properly installed, this glass ensures a room is cooler in summer and warm in winter.
The final factor to pay attention to is glass safety. You should go with tampered glass that crumbles when it breaks instead of one that falls off in dangerous shards.
The key to buying the right glass window hinges on extensive research. You should consult with building materials experts and even your local department of building and safety, and they will recommend the best one to go for.
Ensure the space is large enough
The whole point of spending money on a sunroom is to have space you can spend time. If you live alone or have a small family, you can get away with a small sunroom, but if you entertain a lot, your guests will feel cramped and crowded in a small room, and this will prevent them from having a good time.
At the very least, ensure that your sunroom is at least ten feet square. This space is enough for a small grill and a standard outdoor table and chairs.
Upgrade your sunroom to a solarium
Many homeowners believe that a sunroom and a solarium are the same thing, but this isn’t the case. A solarium is completely enclosed in glass (including the ceiling) with the sole intent of trapping in as much light as possible while at the same time blocking the outdoor weather elements.
On the other hand, a sunroom is what architects and designers use to describe any room with large windows (usually running from floor to ceiling).
A solarium is more aesthetically appealing and more comfortable. Unfortunately, it’s pricey to build. Luckily, if you don’t have the budget for it, you can install a skylight instead. The skylight will be cheaper, but it will accomplish the same feat.
Start your days with a better morning routine
Your morning sets the tone for the day to come. By starting the day with intent you’ll find yourself in a much more productive groove for the rest of the day. Below, we explore how you can improve your morning routine.
Maintain a fixed bedtime and waking time
Your body works better with consistent sleep. Ideally, you’ll sleep at broadly the same time each evening and wake up at roughly the same time. This way, you can enjoy a more restful sleep and feel more energised when it’s time to get going in the morning.
Get out of bed
It can be difficult when you wake up comfily in bed. There’s not much incentive to leave the warmth and start your day! However, by wearing a ladies dressing gown you can take this cosy feeling with you as you make your breakfast and begin your day.
Avoid your phone
Scrolling through your news feed is a passive activity that can harm your productivity in the morning. It can be tempting to spend a little longer in bed looking at your phone, but this sort of procrastination can result in a slow day. Instead, try leaving your phone in another room to get going quickly.
Focus Your Positive Energy
Try taking a moment to yourself to start the day. By meditating or at least doing deep breathing exercises, you can calm your mind and escape negative thoughts. By focusing your positive energy like this, you can have more clarity throughout the day and avoid stress.
Positive affirmations such as “I am strong, smart, capable and kind” can put you in an excellent mindset to start the day. By being kind to yourself, you can boost your confidence, improve your relationships and put yourself in a great mood to start the day.
Take a Walk
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the day ahead, a walk can help you clear your mind and prepare for the day. Ideally, you’ll walk around calming trees and greenery to give you a sense of tranquillity before you begin the day.
Choose healthy breakfast options
A healthy breakfast can get your day off to the right start. Whole, unprocessed food is an excellent option – particularly ones containing protein and fibre. Try cooking yourself for eggs, or maybe go for porridge with fruit to begin your day with nutrition.
The way you start your day is crucial. If you begin in an organised, positive way you can set yourself up to have a productive day. It can feel tempting to spend a little longer in bed but being proactive will benefit you in the long run.
6 Tips on Dressing the Best This Holiday Season
Dressing your best doesn’t always have to be reserved for the holiday season. However, it is nice to put a little bit more effort into your outfits when you have something to celebrate and look forward to. So, here are some tips to help you pick out some killer outfits this Christmas. You’ll have everyone at the work Christmas party asking, where did she get that from?
Christmas jumpers may seem like a good idea at the time, but do you really want to look back on your Christmas holiday photos and think, what on earth was I wearing? Saying that, there are a lot of Christmas jumpers out there that are a bit less in-your-face and are more subtle. A simple grey or white Christmas jumper with a minimalist design can be a good way to get in the festive mood, without coming across as too garish.
Every year the cold months come upon us, and every year all you hear is ‘it’s got really cold all of a sudden.’ This year is no exception, the cold months are most definitely here. The best way to combat this is to make sure you’re wrapped up and are wearing proper layers to keep you cosy. To ensure that your entire body stays warm, keep your feet warm by wearing two pairs of socks or fluffy socks. Then, when putting your Christmas outfits together, put a vest top underneath your normal t-shirt, or wear a long sleeve top underneath a t-shirt. Layering doesn’t always have to be unfashionable, there are some really simple things you can do to make sure you don’t get too cold this holiday season.
An all-black outfit can be made to look more festive with a simple pop of colour, say a red bag and shoes. Adding an item of colour into an otherwise simple look is a great way to draw attention to your look, as everyone’s eyes are guaranteed to go to your new red luxury bag. Basic black and white outfits look best when adding colour to your accessories, so keep this in mind when styling your Christmas looks. Although it can be tempting to buy a new black bag as this is the safe option, try something new, and invest in a bag with a little bit more colour. It doesn’t have to be super bright, a dark navy or green can look elegant too.
It’s usually at this time of year that you see all the sparkly tops, dresses and jumpers come back into fashion stores. This year is no exception. Darker colours, like burgundy and green, can look really festive without the need for a Christmas jumper. If you do want to stand out at your work Christmas party, then opt for an item of clothing with a little bit of shimmer in it, like a glittery top or dress.
Getting it right at the work Christmas party is a sport. The theme might be ‘smart casual’, what does this really mean? Is a dress too formal, but are jeans too casual? When deciding on what you should wear, think about the kind of people who will also be there, and what they are likely to wear too. For example, you might not want to wear a super revealing dress to a work event, you might be better saving this dress for New Year’s Eve instead. To prevent any fashion faux pas, send a simple ‘what are you wearing tonight?’ text to someone else is going, this way you won’t be over or underdressed.
It’s the festive season, after all, so don’t worry too much about what you’re wearing and instead concentrate on the things that matter – like spending time with your family and friends. Don’t worry too much about trying to impress other people with your on-trend outfits, and instead refine your own sense of personal style over the Christmas period. This time can be a great excuse for you to experiment with your current wardrobe and accessories, so enjoy it and stay honest with yourself.
6 Tricks for Decorating Your Living Room on a Budget
A well-designed living room is a place where you can feel most yourself. Fortunately, you do not need to spend a fortune to freshen up your home. Discover 10 simple but effective tricks that can be used with any budget.
Colors are the easiest way to make a neutral design less bland. For example, you could bring the room to life with a green sofa. If you do not want to make massive changes, opt for small but charming elements. For example, you could stick some colorful stained glass feathers onto the window or style your coffee table with some vases with garden cuttings.
A stylish geometric rug will not cost a fortune, but it will pull your room together, completing the interior design. To maximize the effect, arrange the furniture items around it. Throw some matching pillows on the sofa to make the room look even chicer.
The rug should not be too small or too big. In the first case, you may not be able to show off your wooden floor. In the second case, the rug may look suspended in space.
If you want to create a cozy, cocoon-like atmosphere and designer feel, opt for dramatic shades. Even budget brands of wall paint offer rich dark colors. You could use wallpaper instead — for example, navy blue or indigo with interesting patterns like feathers. Even black or slate gray will look great. Remember to add some bright details like a lamp, a ceiling light, or a stained glass table.
Combine different materials to create a sophisticated but subtle effect. This is particularly effective for neutral color palettes. For example, you could add some metal, tweed, leather, velvet, wool elements, feathers, stained glass, or sheepskin throws.
Try rearranging the furniture and items to display what you own and create more space. For example, if you have a fireplace, you could place your stained glass lamps and vases symmetrically on both sides to create a more sophisticated look.
Order floor-length curtains on demand if you want to evoke the grandeur of stately homes. The curtains do not have to be plain — if you choose a patterned material, they will be more eye-catching. At the same time, they may still be affordable, depending on the fabric. To boost the vibe, add a beautiful chandelier and some stained glass feathers.
As you can see, you can freshen up your living room without significant investment. Rearrange the items, add some bright accents like feathers, and play with textures and colors to express a new authentic vision. If you have any vintage items, show them off, too!
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