No matter where you live in Calgary, space always seems to be at a premium. The most logical option to get more space is to move to a bigger home, but this isn’t always feasible with a volatile housing market and all the associated costs of selling and packing up your home. Therefore, you need to look at ways of generating extra space within your current property. Again, the logical option of a full room addition can be expensive very quickly, especially when you factor in digging the foundations and the cost of planning permission. It’s clear, therefore, that Calgary homeowners on a budget will benefit from thinking outside the box and investing in a screen room addition.
How Does A Screen Room Work?
A screen room is an external addition to you home. It’s a permanent fixture, but it’s primarily a post and beam structure with a solid roof to give you year round shade and protection from the elements. The feature that sets it apart from other home additions is the big mesh screens that act instead of walls. Think about the fly screen on a tent, but one that goes all the way around a room and you’ve got the right idea. A screen room can be built with a foundation and concrete floor, but it’s also lightweight enough that it can be built on top of your deck or patio which brings the cost down dramatically.
How A Screen Room Can Transform Your Home
Adding a screen room makes perfect sense for those Calgary homeowners who are looking to extend their home on a budget and without necessarily adding to the overall square footage of their property, if you include the deck or patio. A screen room can be a transformational addition, as it gives you these benefits, among many others:
- A quiet place- if you’ve got children running around at home, it can be hard to find a quiet space in which to relax. This is essential to everyone’s emotional wellbeing, and a screen room can be designated as an adult only area so that you have a place all to yourself to enjoy that early morning cup of coffee or just a five minute sit down after lunch.
- The best of both worlds – a screen room allows you to get the best out of being inside and being outside at the same time. The big screen windows allow the warmth and breezes to come through, and you’ll be able to see and hear your family out in the yard. However, they also prevent the bugs and dust from coming in, and the roof shelters you from the hot midday sun.
- A shelter for your plants – finally, keeping house plants has become a world wide obsession after the global pandemic. A screen room is an ideal place to keep your plants who need plenty of sunshine but who don’t do well with being outside. Either add them as decorations, or turn the whole space into a living greenhouse.