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Get More out of Your Home with Custom Sunroom Extensions

We understand the importance of creating an outdoor space that can be used all year round. A sunroom extension is a fantastic way to achieve this, but we often get asked if it is cheaper than a traditional extension, if planning permission is needed, and if it is possible to extend a sunroom? In this article, we will answer these questions and provide valuable insights into the benefits of adding a sunroom to your home.

Is a sunroom cheaper than an extension?

One of the main advantages of adding a sunroom extension to your home is that it is often less expensive than a traditional extension. This is because a sunroom typically does not require the same level of structural work that a traditional extension would require. Additionally, materials used for a sunroom can be less expensive than traditional building materials, which may make it a more

relaxing glass sunroom by the fireplace
screened patio with a garden view and in built dining room

Do you need planning permission for sunroom extensions?

Planning permission requirements for a sunroom extension vary depending on your state, location and the size and type of the extension you are planning to build. Your local Spanline team are experts in the requirements of your area. For every project we complete, Spanline takes care of every step of the process, from onsite inspections to custom designs and council plans and approvals^, so you can relax and enjoy the process of creating your dream home. Our licensed builders are here to ensure a seamless and stress-free experience.

Can you extend a sunroom?

Yes, it is possible to extend an existing sunroom. If you already have a sunroom and want to add a further extension, it’s important to work with an experienced contractor who can assess the existing structure and ensure that the extension is seamlessly integrated. Alternatively, you may look at remodelling the existing design to incorporate extra glass or to include additional design elements such as an opening pergola roof to open up to the outside.

Here are some ideas to think about when designing a sunroom to ensure it has the wow factor:

  • Choose the right glazing.
  • Incorporate innovative design features.
  • Consider the use of smart home technology to enhance the functionality of the space.

By using Spanline’s high-quality products, such as Spanlites® clear roofing sheets and Ezi Struct® insulated roof panels, you can create a sunroom extension that is both beautiful and functional. Spanlites® provide natural light whilst the Ezi Struct® range of products provides excellent insulation, making the space comfortable and enjoyable all year round.

screened patio with a garden view and in built dining room
sunroom extensions overlooking glorious scene

Is adding a sunroom worth it?

Sunroom extensions are a significant investment for any homeowner, and it’s natural to wonder whether the investment is worth it. Sunrooms provide a versatile space that can be enjoyed throughout the year. A sunroom allows homeowners to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors while being protected from the elements, making them an ideal space for relaxation, entertainment, or even a home office.

Spanline’s Exclusive Home Addition Materials Do Most of the Work

By adding Spanline’s Ezi Struct® insulated roof panels and Spanlites® clear roofing sheets to your sunroom, you can ensure that it is a comfortable space all year round. Our Ezi Struct® insulated roof panels offer excellent thermal qualities, keeping the sunroom warm in winter and cool in summer, while our Spanlite® clear roofing sheets provide natural light and give the sunroom a bright and airy feel. To further enhance the functionality of the sunroom, you can add Spanline’s Skylux® opening roof system, which can be controlled via a Bluetooth app, providing you with maximum flexibility in how you use the space.

huge tiled screened glass room with dining set and view of garden
huge tiled screened glass room with dining set and view of garden

A Stunning Spanline Sunroom

It gets very cold in Blayney and even snows in the winter months. Some even say it’s the coldest place in NSW!

Mr & Mrs Thompson wanted an outdoor area they could use regardless of the elements. Their new Glassroom changed the way they thought about winter. Now they can’t wait to get the neighbours over for a warm cuppa.

A sunroom extension can be a cost-effective way to create additional living space and increase the functional space in your home. Whether you’re looking to extend an existing sunroom or build a new one, Spanline has a range of products to help you create the perfect outdoor space.

Spanline Can Help

We pride ourselves on our ability to design, manufacture, and install custom-made home additions such as glass and screened rooms, patios, and carports. We stay ahead of industry trends, utilise state-of-the-art technology, and employ a skilled team of professionals to ensure the highest quality products and installations. All of our products are designed and manufactured in Australia to withstand Australian conditions.

We take care of everything for you. Our licensed builders will organise onsite inspections, custom designs, council plans, 3D rendering of your project, and council approvals^.

We provide complimentary consultations, personalised design services, clear and honest quotes, and a warranty* of up to 15 years for both materials and services. We take pride in our exceptional after-sales support, which sets us apart from the rest.

Spanline takes immense pride in our accomplishments, and we are grateful for the consistent 5-star reviews from our satisfied customers.

Every Spanline builder holds a valid builder’s license and ensures that every member of your home addition team possesses their trade certificates. Our Design Advisors undergo continuous professional development in technical and design education, as well as customer support training, to provide you with the best possible service.

With 38 years of experience, we have witnessed countless customers improve the appeal of their homes by adding a sunroom. Allow us to bring your dream home to life with our expert design and construction services.

We were looking to update our entertaining area which is quite large and called into Spanline ACT after driving past the showroom. Everything from the first meeting with Scott Basman has been fantastic. Scott had renderings completed so we could visualize a completed project.Our project is still a working progress, very happy with Scott, Dan, Tom and the entire team and can’t wait for our completion
Spanline Coffs Harbour were excellent to deal with. They were very knowledgeable & couldn’t do enough to help us. Thank you!
Annette Ryder
Annette Ryder
We had a rather small modification made to our sunroom, which was originally built by Spanline over 10yrs ago. The job turned out just as we had hoped. Salesman Frank and supervisor Trevor were quick to provide replies to our queries and updates throughout. We consider that very important, so that we know we haven't been forgotten after signing on the dotted line. All members of the team we spoke with were easy to talk to, accepted our questions and input and made us feel part of the process. Cannot recommend them highly enough.Tony Zahra
Tony Zahra
Tony Zahra
Amazing job by Spanline!! Constant consultation during the build of our deck roof, and with the organising of electrical work to light switches and installation of ceiling fan. We now enjoy entertaining on the covered deck enjoying the sunset and the view to the escarpment
After some research we contacted Spanline about an addition for our house. Scott Basman came out and talked to us about what we wanted from the space. He worked with us on the design, he is very knowledgeable and made sure it was everything we wanted. Lachlan, Adrian and Jake were also amazing throughout the build process, now we have a massive indoor/outdoor space which is perfect for our needs.
Toni Goodyer
Toni Goodyer
Scott Basman and his team did a wonderful job, both with demolishing a timber pergola and erecting a new Spanline roofed entertainment area. The new structure was built efficiently, on time, and is a quality build! Thank you Mick! Thank you team for your courtesy and efficiency! Would recommend you to family and friends.
Fantastic experience from go to woah. Seb went above and beyond to make sure we got the best product for the best price. Zach kept us informed throughout the whole process. The whole team were very approachable and helpful. Spanline submitted all the council approval paperwork and made sure the end product was perfect. I highly recommend Spanline Home Additions ACT. Thanks!!!
Paul Remin
Paul Remin
Thanks to everyone involved in our project,a great job.Special mention to Rob who constructed our patio on is own with attention to detail.Loving the new door & screen,I would have no hesitation recommending Spanline Home Additions Southside
David Wilson
David Wilson
My experience with Spanline Mid Coast was exceptional. Jamie was wonderful in explaining the product and the whole process from start to finish. The builder, Josh Byrne was nothing short of professional and attention to detail in every way. Very happy with my home addition, highly recommend.
Helen Quin
Helen Quin
A verandah was recently added to my home by spanline wagga. Great service by all in particular Adam who was especially precise with the building worksVery pleased with the result and workmanshipMany thanks Adam, Terrell and Craig
Judith Langton
Judith Langton
The difference enclosing my alfresco area, front porch & the side of my home means I can now enjoy my home to its full potential. Well done, Spanline - happy to recommend you - workmanship excellent & staff were always friendly & obliging.
Norma Jacques
Norma Jacques
Outstanding service & finished products from the whole SPANLINE TEAM in COFFS HARBOUR. Highly recommend. A “HAMPTONS CARPORT” & GLASS SLIDING DOOR for south facing ALFRESCO. 👏😊🚙
Janet Kelemec
Janet Kelemec

Spanline Expert Insights

  1. Sunroom extensions are a versatile and often cost-effective way to add living space to your home. By utilising natural light and high-quality materials, a sunroom can create a long-lasting, functional and aesthetically pleasing addition to your home.
  2. The key to creating a comfortable and functional sunroom extension is in the design and materials used. Spanline’s Ezi Struct® insulated roof panels and Spanlite® clear roofing sheets provide excellent insulation and natural light.
  1. Choosing the right glazing and roof design is crucial in creating a sunroom extension that blends seamlessly with your existing home. We offer a range of options for glazing and roof design.
  2. Incorporate smart home technology into your sunroom extension to enhance functionality and make your space more flexible. Spanline’s Skylux® opening roof system can be controlled via a Bluetooth app, and the adjustable louvres control how much light and air enters the space. Consider including smart glass panels that become opaque at the flick of a switch.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a sunroom extension help reduce heating and cooling requirements in your addition?
The design of your sunroom needs to take into consideration your local climate. Be it tropical Darwin or chilly Hobart, designing for energy efficiency requires some expertise and there are many resources and tools available to assist.

Developed in partnership with the Australian Government Department of Climate Change, the AccuRate program is the result of decades of experience and research in house energy modelling. The AccuRate software considers variables affecting energy efficiency, such as:

  • insulation
  • air leakage
  • thermal mass
  • window properties

The AccuRate software models various external shading structures that can impact a glass room, including:

  • neighbouring buildings
  • trees, and fences
  • external shading is essential for maintaining temperature in glass rooms.

Additionally, the Australian Glass and Window Association has developed a tool to calculate the savings that may be achieved through energy-efficient glazing. This tool compares window selections to a base-level aluminium window with 3mm clear glass.

Your local Spanline Design Advisor will advise you on the options and designs available to help you maximise the potential energy efficiency of your sunroom.

How can I ensure that my sunroom extension is comfortable all year round?
The key to ensuring that your sunroom extension is comfortable all year round is in the design and materials used. Spanline’s Ezi Struct® insulated roof panels and Spanlites® clear roofing sheets are high-quality products. Used together they create a well-insulated space that also allows natural light to enter.

Other options include considering your landscaping. Planting a deciduous tree outside the sunroom will provide shade during summer, and let the sunlight in during winter.

How can I ensure that my sunroom extension is seamlessly integrated with my existing home?
Spanline’s team of experts can assess the existing structure and ensure that the extension is seamlessly integrated, both aesthetically and functionally. We have 38 years of experience in doing just that.
What are the benefits of a sunroom extension?
Sunroom extensions:

  • Allow homeowners to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors while being protected from the elements.
  • Provide an ideal space for relaxation, and a space to unwind.
  • Increase the space within your home by providing a multi-functional area that can be used year-round.
How can I ensure that my sunroom extension meets local building codes and regulations?

Our team of experts know all about your local building codes. They can design and construct a sunroom extension that meets all requirements. We can help you get any required permits or approvals for your sunroom extension to ensure it meets all local regulations and requirements.^

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