Some Assembly Required Sunspaces can be used to create separate rooms or to expand kitchens or family rooms. The Four Seasons sunroom shown here, being assembled by Elmsford, New York?based Suburban Sunrooms, is being used to add about 160 square feet of sun-filled space to the small kitchen in a suburban ranch-style home. The area is at the back of the house and was built over an existing flagstone patio. When we caught up with Chris and Tim from Suburban Sunrooms, the kitchen already had been gutted and the back wall of the house removed. Construction had proceeded up to the floor-framing stage with the stub wall shown in the photos in place. At that stage the crew began assembling the sunroom kit. If a sunspace project is in your future, here are some tips we gleamed from dealers and contractors.
  • When hiring a sunspace contractor, make sure the one you settle on is familiar with the kit model and manufacturer you have chosen.
  • Your contractor should take an inventory of parts before construction on the sunspace begins. If something is missing, notify the company immediately to avoid schedule snags once the crew is on site.
  • The connection between the house and sunspace is critical. Ask the contractor to detail the flashing used and then inspect it thoroughly at the end of the job.

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