Top 10 Benefits to 3-Season Rooms – Should You Build One?
Adding a 3-season room is like the “goldilocks” option between a deck and a sunroom. You get the advantages of an outdoor living space without needing a bank-breaking budget. However, building this kind of space is still a time and financial commitment, not to mention you’ll be sacrificing part of your backyard. Are 3-season rooms really worth it? Let’s take a look at the benefits.
3-Season Rooms Allow You to Enjoy Your Backyard No Matter What the Weather
The biggest draw to a 3-season room, or any kind of enclosed porch, is that you can use your backyard during more months of the year. Here in North Carolina, our temperatures tend to be pretty mild even during the winter, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone enjoying their deck during the coldest months. The windchill alone can have you scrambling back inside!
With a 3-season room, you have a bit of a windbreak, not to mention protection from precipitation. You can also easily add a heater or outdoor fireplace, as well as learn how to insulate a 3 season porch to keep it warmer in the winter, so you can use it all year long.
Enjoy the View from Your Backyard
Many people love their view when they initially buy their home. Do you actually take advantage of it, though? We don’t often stop and smell the roses. According to the American Institute of Stress, 55% of Americans report feeling stress during the day and 94% of workers experience stress due to their job. A screened-in porch offers a quite, relaxing space for savoring the morning sunrise with a cup of coffee, reading a book while watching the birds and squirrels, or unwinding with a glass of wine at the end of a long day.
Any Outdoor Living Space will Add Value to Your Home
Building a new deck, 3-season porch or other outdoor living space will always increase the value of your home. This is one of the best upgrades you can do if you want a good home improvement return on investment. Additionally, adding an outdoor living space can help you find a buyer faster when you do put your home on the market. Buyers are specifically looking for ways to enjoy their new backyard more.
There’s Less Maintenance Compared to a Deck
We love building decks. However, because they are open, you do have more maintenance with a deck than with a 3-season porch or other kind of enclosed space. Decks require more sweeping, washing, and refinishing. With a 3-season room, you’ll have a lot less maintenance to do over time. They also typically last longer than decks, which means less financial obligation in the future.
An Enclosed Outdoor Space is Perfect for Pets and Kids
One of our favorite 3-season rooms ideas is to use this space as a playroom for pets or kids. You can allow them to get fresh air while still making sure they stay safe. Even if your backyard is fenced in, a screened-in porch is the safer option. Plus, it allows them to play “outside” even if it is raining.
Give Your Family Room to Breathe
When everyone’s cooped up inside, your house can start feeling smaller and smaller, especially if you have a growing family with toddlers, teens, and everything in between. Everyone needs their own space. Having a 3-season room can give your family another place to relax. The kids can play games while mom and dad watch a movie in the living room. Or the older kids can hang out with friends without worrying about waking younger kids who are napping. You can even use this space for sleepovers when the weather is nice.
They are not as Pricey to Build as Sunrooms
While sunrooms can be beautiful, they are also much more expensive than 3-season rooms. Even a low-budget sunroom will have heating/cooling, glass windows, and other features that raise the price. In addition, they take longer to build. 3-season rooms give you many of the same benefits of sunrooms, while being much more budget friendly. While the ultimate cost of your 3-season room will depend on the options you choose and the size of the space, we always design with your budget in mind.
You are Protected from Bugs and Other Pests
Few things ruin a summer cookout more than flies nibbling on your buffet – or worse, mosquitos nibbling on you! Skip the smelly insect sprays and candles. With a screened-in porch, you don’t have to worry about pests.
The Screens Give Your Family Added Privacy
Screens don’t offer 100% privacy for your backyard living space, of course. However, you do have the option of adding blinds or even shutters if you have nosy neighbors. They say good fences make good neighbors, but we think that good 3-season rooms can make good neighbors too.
You have More Room for Entertaining Guests
Last but not least, an outdoor living space gives you extra room for entertaining. Whether you’re throwing a birthday party for your kids, inviting the guys over for a poker night, or hosting a dinner party with your grandparents, a 3-season room can make your house feel more spacious when filled with guests.
FAQs About Working with Structurally Speaking to Add a 3-Season Room
We’d love to talk to you more about your space and if a 3-season room might be right for your backyard living space. We have experience building 3-season rooms of all shapes and sizes, and our team can design the perfect porch for your home. Here are a few FAQs about working with our team:
What’s the process like when working with your team?
Our process starts with a no-obligation meeting to talk about your project and what you want in your new space. If you decide to move forward, our owner Jim Brennan will custom-design your new porch, along with various options. We won’t start the building process until you are completely happy with the budget and design.
Can you build a deck too?
Yes! Along with 3-season rooms and porches, we also build custom decks. Additionally, we can build a deck and porch together if you want a combination covered/open space.
How do I get started?
Simply click here to contact us! We’d love to set up a free initial meeting at your home to talk more about building the perfect 3-season room for you.