A sunroom allows you to experience the outdoors 365 days a year from the comfort of your own home.

"People decide to build sunrooms because it's a unique room for a home, and it's designed to be bright and cheery all year long," said Mike Kinane of TimberBuilt Rooms, a family-owned design and build company specializing in sunrooms, screen rooms and family room additions. TimberBuilt is based in the Western suburbs and services all of Chicagoland, from Chicago to Rockford and Kankakee to Zion, including Peru and Streator southwest of Joliet.

"The Three-Season room allows the feel of a screened-in room without any of the negatives such as bugs, dirt and inclement weather," Kinane said.

Many customers who choose to add on a sunroom end up saying it's their favorite room in the house. Courtesy of TimberBuilt Rooms

"And the All-Season Sunroom is the best of both worlds. With energy efficiency, it can be used as living space year-round while still being bright and open enough to enjoy the cool spring and fall days."

Enjoy nature indoors

Picture yourself sipping your morning coffee as you look out at a pretty garden or see a woodpecker at the bird feeder. The show changes with each season, and you will have a prime seat to see spring flowers poke through the earth, summer flowers in full bloom, the vibrant colors of fall, and the world around you covered in a blanket of snow.

Soak up the sun

Sunrooms capture the warmth and light of the sun allowing you to use natural light instead of electric light. Natural light is important to our physical and emotional well-being, especially during the dreary colder months.

More living space

A sunroom offers flexible space that is useful and versatile. Designed to fit the look and feel of your home, it can be a leisure living area, overflow space for entertaining, a separate dining or breakfast room, a reading room or even a music room. Add a fireplace for a warm, cozy space in cold weather.

Improves home value

A sunroom is one of the most cost-effective home improvement projects and the best investment you can make in your home. Exterior materials are carefully matched to your home by expert designers, and the sunroom is built to look like it is part of the original plan. Choose from several styles of energy-efficient windows.

Enhances the home

The interior is customized to your taste with a choice of many designs and styles. For example, for those who want the room to flow with the rest of the home, drywall and trim can be installed. For a more rustic feel, rough cedar is desirable. A vaulted ceiling is a nice architectural feature. Furnish the space with wicker for a casual vibe, all white for a clean, fresh look or add lots of plants and flowers for a more natural feel.

Kinane receives many positive responses from people who have added a sunroom.

"They say, 'It's my favorite room in the house,' 'We're so happy we have one' and 'The whole family gathers in the sunroom for holidays,' " he said.

This article is sponsored by TimberBuilt Rooms, 841 Equity Drive, St. Charles.

For more information, call (630) 443-7100 or visit www.timberbuiltrooms.com.