Patio to Sunroom Conversion

The process of converting your regular patio into a sunroom involves getting a city permit and HOA plan approved to convert your patio into a sunroom. After building 8000+ patio covers and sunrooms, we know that the HOA approval and permit phase must be followed precisely. Getting the permits and approval can take between three and six months, which is why you want to consult with one of our patio installers to get the right information.

Here’s the type of homeowner who will benefit from the information in this page: 

  • You are turning a patio into a sunroom
  • Conversion of an old patio cover into a sunroom

Here Comes the Sun… Invite it in!

If you’re a homeowner that gives up their porch because of direct sunlight, extremely hot weather, or cold temperatures, then you’ve come to the right place. The solution is simple, convert your porch to a beautiful sunroom by building glass covers. Our sunrooms will not only protect you from the summer heat, but also through cold and windy winter nights.

Turning Your Patio into Sunroom from the Ground Up

A new sunroom must be constructed from the ground up in a number of steps. It can be stressful and confusing if you are doing this alone. However, we will go into great detail of the particular steps to follow when building a new sunroom or converting an old patio into a sunroom.

Major Steps to Understand when Building Your New Sunroom

We’re going to cover the main key steps you need to understand before choosing a sunroom contractor for your new sunroom. The following process we are sharing with you is a general process most sunroom contractors follow. However, there are variations between cities (permits) and neighborhoods (HOA).



The Planning and Design Of Your New Sunroom!

Most likely you are in step one since you’re taking proper time to research and check your best available options for a product and a five star sunroom installer. In this step, you need to decide where your sunroom will be built within your property lot, either attached or a freestanding sunroom.

Homeowners in Orange County tend to build the sunroom attached to the back of the house as it adds an extra living space. This additional space can be used for your own preference. Imagine a spare room that you could transform into a game room, family room, or an office space.

Once you’ve decided on the sunroom idea, your next step is to pick the design. This is the most exciting part of the process.

Most homeowners in Orange County go with the attached sunroom. Here are a few examples. To ensure your design flows naturally, we recommend you to follow the style of your home like the color scheme and finish.



Get the Permits and Plans Approved by the City and HOA

If you live in a neighborhood with a Homeowners association, this is an extra step you must complete.
“Do I need to get a city building permit even if the HOA approves my plans?”
This is a common question from homeowners who are under an association. The answer is Yes! Before beginning any construction, you must have your plans approved by both your homeowners association and the city.

However, depending on the city you reside, you may need to get approval from HOA before submitting any paperwork to the city, or vice-versa.
As mentioned above, this step is important because any errors on the paperwork submitted to the HOA or city will only delay the completion of your sunroom. That’s why it is important you work with a sunroom installer who understands the process from start to finish.

If you would like to get a free estimate, click here to fill out a contact form.



Preparing your home’s site to start construction

You can begin construction as soon as you have the approval of the HOA and the city permits. During this phase, a strong foundation for the new sunroom is the primary objective. The goal is to have a level surface, so anything that could potentially damage the foundation—such as any tree roots, debris, or shrubs—must be removed.

While working on the foundation, there is an installation of any necessary underground utilities, such as the water, gas or electrical lines, in accordance with the city’s regulations.

Overall, the main elements are the foundation, utilities, drainage, and footing for a new sunroom.



Framing and Roofing set up

The electrical, HVAC, plumbing, roofing, walls, flooring, and any additional sunroom finishing details are the main areas of focus for the framing.



The Final Inspection

All of the following components must receive the approval of the city building inspector. The sunroom must satisfy all requirements set forth by the city in order to be approved. The foundation, framing, electrical, plumbing, roofing, windows, and doors will all be examined by the inspector.

We hope this has given you some insight into what steps are to be followed when building a new sunroom.

Here is what you really need to be concerned about if you chose Patio Warehouse as your sunroom contractor:

  1. Design site check to take measurements
  2. Draft your customized prototype
  3. HOA approval & city permits (waiting time 3 – 6 months)
  4. Material site check & manufacturing
  5. Installation  (2 – 4 days)

To request a free estimate, click here to fill out the contact form. Due to the high volume of estimate requests, the typical wait time to hear back from our team is 24 to 48 hours.

Old Patio Cover Conversion into a Sunroom?

We recommend you to get in touch with a sunroom builder to examine the patio cover’s foundation. However, if the patio cover is old, you will most likely follow the same steps as building a new sunroom. 

Even if your patio cover already had a city or HOA building permit, you will need to resubmit the paperwork to be able to build a sunroom. Overall the process of converting your old patio cover into a sunroom is the same process as building a new sunroom. 

Frequently Asked Questions:


How much does it cost to turn a patio into a sunroom?

Turning your patio into a sunroom will range between $19,999 to $39,999 highly dependable on the size of the patio and personalization. The two brands we primarily work with are Elitwood Ultra and Elitewood classic, please click here to read and learn more about these products along with others in the market.  


Can I turn my covered patio into a sunroom?

Yes you can. Please refer back to the process above as we share the steps involved when converting a patio into a sunroom. If you are converting a covered patio into a sunroom you will still have to undergo the HOA plans approval and request the city permits.

If you’re ready to get started on your dream patio enclosure, no need to look any further. Our team of trusted professionals are located in Orange County and are ready when you are. For more information regarding pricing or our process, please fill out the contact form below.

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