Matt, Other/Just Looking in Southhampton

I have an old home (1938) and was wondering which adds more value to a home...a deck or a sunporch?

Asked by Matt, Southhampton Wed Jul 2, 2008

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Seeing Stephanie's point, I want to clarify my answer. I sell a lot of homes in South City to first time home buyers and they want outside space, but they like homes that have a true, the NEW type of sunporch, which is what I may be visualizing. Maybe I should be more clear. Many young buyers do not like the old small add-on that feels more like a walk-thru dark covered back porch where the only use is to throw your shoes after working in the yard. This is not considered a sunporch in my mind or my buyers, but merely a mud room. However, what I consider a sunporch is a room (at least 10 x 10, bigger preferred) that has large windows on 3 sides, you can sit in a chair and be at the same height of the windows or higher, and the roof is high enough to let light shine into the room. The room should beam with light and make you feel like you are outside, but provide the cover and protection from the rain and bugs. I have seen old homes with the new modern sunroom addition and my buyers love it. Buyers like the bright room to relax in and entertain guest. If you were thinking about making just an "add-on" like many of the homes in the city, then I agree that a deck (10 x 10 or bigger) would be a better feature. I just didn't clarify myself and explain what I consider as a sunroom.
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I don't know if i agree about the sunporch. A lot of these older homes have older sunporches on them and in my experience, most buyers find them to be somewhat useless, unless they are particularly large or nice. I work a lot in the South Hampton neighborhood and often show homes with a small sunporch and have buyers ask how much it would cost to tear it off and add a deck. This area is very appealing to younger buyers and these buyers tend to enjoy having outdoor space to entertain, grill, and enjoy the outdoors.
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ditto - the area for the grill is really important, thanks for catching that Ann
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I vote for a sunporch over a deck but you still want to have an area for a grill outside - maybe a small deck off the porch or a little patio area.
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I would agree with Nancy. I have buyers who like decks, but I have buyers who LOVE sunporches.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 2, 2008
It depends on the Buyer. However, a Sunporch can be used in rain or shine, keeps the bugs out, and if it possilbe, has the ability to close the windows for year-round enjoyment! Neither a deck nor a sunporch technically add value to a home, but it does make the home more desirable to buyers making them willing to pay a little more than other comparable homes. A deck has to be maintained more often and is only practical when it is warm outside (not in the cold weather or the Hot summer). My vote would be the sunporch for it's versibility. Also, since you are in South Hampton the typical buyer for that area would prefer a sunporch over a deck.
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