There are many reasons why you might be thinking about down-sizing. Maybe the kids have grown up and left the nest, leaving lots of empty rooms. Maybe it’s costing too much to heat in the winter and keep cool in the summer. Maybe you need to free up some cash that’s been tied up in your large home since you first took out the mortgage. Finding a smaller home can be tough, as the market is small and the demand is high.
This is where considering a park model trailer comes in. A park model trailer is a fixed based home, typically 1000 square feet or less. This means you can buy a bigger lot if you want more garden, or keep a small of plot land to keep your property taxes down.
One of the main attractions of a park model trailer is the small space, meaning that you save money on property taxes and it forces you to make sure that everything in your home is needed and wanted. There’s no room for junk or a closet full of things you don’t need. The act of clearing out your large home can be very cathartic, offering you a chance to really consider what things spark joy and what things hold memories that you’d rather be rid of. You can be sure that whatever you take with you to your park model trailer will be things that you have actively chosen to keep, rather than random things that you’ve just never had the chance to throw out.
However, a park model trailer limits you on the amount of space that you have for entertaining guests, especially in Calgary’s warm summer months. This is why many people are turning to 3 season sunrooms as a way of expanding their park model trailer space without having to move or upgrade to a full-size home. A Desert Sun Patios’ three season park model trailer sunroom is one that doesn’t connect to your home’s HVAC system. Instead, it relies on well insulated walls, tempered glass windows; the quality material allows the heat from a small heater to keep the room warm during the cooler fall and spring evenings, and cool during the warm summer days.
Even though some people worry about the long, cold Alberta winter, Calgary sun rooms are a great way to spend the spring and fall as well as the warm summer months. Of course, you can still use your park model trailer 3 season sunroom in winter; it might require an additional space heater (or an extra blanket!) If you’re not sure, here are some of the benefits of having a park model trailer sunroom:
Easy to construct
Trailer sunrooms are remarkably easy to add on, as most park model trailers are a standard size. This means it’s possible for contractors to buy materials in bulk. This means that they can pass the savings on to you and the work can start easily. A typical installation can take 14 days or less, and the time is even shorter if you already have a park model trailer deck or patio that the constructors can build directly on top of.
Park model sunrooms allow you to have some extra storage space for things likes books and memorabilia, as well as new wall space to hang photos and paintings on. Many people find that 3 season sunrooms allow them to create a more formal area for guests and for day to day living. 3 season sunrooms can also be used for home office spaces as they provide plenty of natural sunlight and lots of space for your desk and filing cabinets.
Additional break out space
Even when there are no guests around, there comes a time when all families and couples need a space to escape to. Many park model trailer home owners turn their three season sunroom into a TV free room, meaning that you can create separate zones in the house so everybody gets to do what they want without disturbing each other.
Trailer sunrooms give you a pleasant warm space to retreat to, including the ability to have closed doors for those times when you need a bit of peace and quiet but don’t want to leave the house to get it. The natural insulation provided by a three season park model trailer sunroom means that closing the doors to the rest of the house will only help to keep you warm and comfortable.
Feel the heat
Calgary sunrooms typically benefit from warm spring and fall days, and the increased number of windows means that your sunroom won’t need much of a heating system. The power of the sun will assist in keeping the room warm, and by keeping open the doors to the rest of the house, you’ll barely need to touch the thermostat until winter comes. Of course, you can increase the effectiveness of your trailer sunroom by purchasing better insulation for the walls as well as glazed windows to trap more heat. You can further increase the effectiveness of your park model trailer glazed windows by buying windows that are filled with inert gases such as argon. The gas inside the window traps more heat than regular air, making them much more efficient at keeping a warm room warm and a cool room cool.
Adding A Patio Cover
Despite the low cost, there might be several reasons that make you think twice about getting a Desert Sun Patios park model trailer sunroom. The main reason that puts people off are the local planning rules, especially if you rent your trailer from a landlord. In these situations, your landlords are unlikely to let you build on their property unless you own the building outright. Another reason are the building codes that might prevent you from building the sunroom of your dreams, and no-one wants to settle for something less than perfection when it comes to big home improvement investments.
If this sounds true for you, then you might want to consider adding a patio cover instead. These simple structures attach to the outside of your trailer and stretch out as far as you want in your yard space, providing you with shade from the summer heat and the feeling of being inside while enjoying the breezes and smells of being outside.
Benefits Of A Park Model Trailer Patio Cover
Just like a trailer sunroom, there are many benefits of a park model patio cover:
- Cheap cost – a patio cover is one of the cheapest outdoor home improvement projects out there. At it’s very basic concept, a patio cover is a piece of fabric or aluminium sheeting suspended between two poles that stretch out over your deck or patio. You can add strength with external beams and posts, and you can change the materials that your patio cover is made from. In all of these scenarios, you’ll find the cost considerably cheaper than adding a whole extra room to your home.
- Instant install – even though the typical trailer sunroom install can be inside two weeks, a patio cover can be done by our team of professionals in less than a day. It is possible to complete the project by yourself, but knowing that the job has been done right and that your patio cover won’t collapse on your guests is worth paying the professionals for.
- No planning permissions – unlike an extra room like a sunroom, you don’t have to have planning permits for your trailer patio cover. This is because while it creates an extra living area for you to sit under, it’s effectively counted as a permanent sun umbrella, so there are no limits on how big it can be or how it can affect the shape of your home.
The only caveat when it comes to installing a park model patio cover is that you’ll need to think about what goes underneath it. Typically, you’ll want to utilize the shade for outdoor dining or entertainment, so you’ll want to have a deck or a patio already in place. Of course, you can leave it as just grass, but this makes it harder to have anything more exciting than cheap plastic garden furniture to enjoy your new patio cover.
Working With Desert Sun Patios
Whether you choose to keep it simple with a park model trailer patio cover, or go whole hog and add a whole extra sunroom, you should talk your project through with our team of experts. We have extensive local knowledge meaning that we can advise you of all necessary permits and building codes that you’ll need to be aware of. We also work with local contractors to make sure that you’re getting the finest quality materials for your budget, as well as local workers to come and install whichever home improvement project you’ve chosen. Finally, we will come and inspect the work and help you work out a maintenance schedule to keep your new extension looking as good as the day you first used it.