The Average Cost of a Sunroom

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Sunrooms increase living space and provide a spot to enjoy the sunshine year-round, but all that sunny space doesn't come cheap. The average sunroom in the United States costs $73,546, according to a 2014 report by Remodeling Magazine -- although costs vary by region and design.

Average Sunroom Cost

  • The $73,546 price tag calculated by Remodeling Magazine includes a standard 200-square-foot addition, including new footers, foundation and walls. It also includes the cost of all glass and framing as well as operable roof glazing to allow for ventilation. Finishes include a tile floor and ceiling fan along with shades that may be used to block the sun as needed.

Regional Variations

  • Sunroom prices are lowest in the west south-central region, which includes Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas. In this area, the average sunroom costs $68,811 as of 2014. In the more expensive Pacific region, a sunroom rings in at an average price of $82,655.

The Cost of Extras

  • When planning for your new sunroom, don't let unexpected extras blow your budget. Plan for the cost of permits as well as any planning or historic-preservation review costs. Tinted glass costs extra as do high-end finishes and operable roof sections or walls. You may wish to plan for new landscaping to complement your sunroom.

Ways to Save

  • The National Association of Realtors estimates you can cut the cost of a sunroom by as much as $8,000 by using an existing door or window to access the new space. You also might save as much as 20 percent if you plan the space as a three-season sunroom, eliminating the need for heating and cooling systems.

Sunrooms and Home Value

  • The average sunroom addition boosts home value by 51.7 percent, adding $38,011 to the value of the home, according to Remodeling Magazine. Homes in some regions may experience a smaller value boost while those in high cost-of-living areas may enjoy a larger boost.

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