If you’re thinking of adding onto your home, consider a sunroom rather than a full addition. The difference is that full additions usually extend the foundation of the original home, while sunrooms usually sit on a floating slab and thus considerably reduce the cost.
Of course, like with any renovation, a sunroom’s cost can skyrocket, but if you want to keep the price low, consider a prefabricated kit. Kits vary but usually come with premade wall and roof panels along with the windows. A qualified technician then sets up the pieces, but if you have some building knowledge you may be able to assemble it yourself.
Just be aware of a few common misconceptions before deciding which way to go. For example, sunrooms do require building permits – even small ones. Also, don’t assume a prefab sunroom will be cheaper than a traditionally built one as several factors play into the cost. The best thing to do is reach out to a few local contractors and ask if they have experience building sunrooms to get a feel for pricing.