Apr 18, 2019 Custom Home Design

Outdoor Space Face Off: Sunroom vs. Patio

Are you Team Sunroom or Team Porch/Patio? If you’ve taken our Facebook poll, you’ll discover whether you are in the majority or minority, but let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of each.


  • Year-round use – since the space is indoors, it’s warm in the winter and cool in the summer
  • No bugs
  • Can be used as a flex space – kids playroom, breakfast room, reading room, home office, music room, craft room…the possibilities are endless!
  • Plenty of natural light
  • Can be costly to add on to an existing home – it’s best to build a sunroom during initial construction

Concrete Porch/Patio

  • Perfect for summer and warm weather – grilling, entertaining, fire pits
  • A fresh air space that helps you connect with the outdoors
  • Non-covered patios can easily be added after construction
  • Year-round use isn’t possible in cold or temperate climates

Benefits of Either

  • Sitting and enjoying views – sunrooms have lots of windows and patios are open to the outdoors
  • Relaxing and quiet spaces for reflection and contemplation
  • Perfect for enjoying afternoon tea or a good book

So, which would you choose? Having a space for you and your family to connect with the outdoors is a wonderful perk, and it also increases your home’s value. If you are thinking of building a new home, be sure to include your ideas for outdoor spaces before construction. Need some inspiration? Check out our photo galleries or Pinterest board.

Contact us to schedule a meeting, so we can discuss your dream outdoor space. Don’t forget to bring pictures and any inspiration you have. We can’t wait to see it!

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