The basic do-it-yourself sunroom kit will consist of the construction materials needed for the project, plus the blueprint and step-by-step instructions for completing the project. This can be a fun experience to complete over a few days time, at its most basic. For more intricate designs, it may require more experience than the average do-it-yourself enthusiast might have. Deciding what you want your sunroom to be for is just part of choosing the right kit for your home.
Choosing the purpose
Before deciding on which sunroom kit you want to buy you will need to envision the purpose you will be using this room addition for. If you just want to extend the family room, or living room beyond the limitations of the home, so that you can take advantage of an outdoor setting without caring about the weather, then either the basic sunroom kit, or a solarium kit would be the perfect choice for your needs.
If you would prefer a sunroom with a specific purpose, like a greenhouse, or a relaxation center, complete with hot tub, then you will need to find a more complex sunroom kit to handle those design features. Depending upon your capabilities as a remodeling or carpentry enthusiast, this type of project kit might be better handled by professional contractors, as it will require more than just basic electric wiring to be installed.
Selecting the area for construction of the sunroom
Next, you will need to decide exactly where you want your particular sunroom to be built. The kits available at most home improvement centers are meant to be built on the ground floor, over some type of existing flooring. They should also be built on the side of the home with the most southern exposure, in order to be truly used as a sunroom. This would give the room the maximum amount of natural sunlight, from sunrise to sunset.
If an area on the outside does not already exist on which to build the sunroom, then you will have to add in the expense of laying at least a concrete slab on which to erect the structure, for stability. You can then add hardwood flooring or tiling to the surface of the slab once the sunroom has been built. It is possible to turn an existing deck above the ground floor into a sunroom, but that is a project best handled by professionals.