Just in Time for Summer: Transform Your Home with an All-Season Sunroom!

Create a Backyard Oasis with Betterliving Sunrooms & Awnings by McDrake

Summer is here, and there’s no better time to enhance your home with a beautiful all-season sunroom. The latest project by Betterliving Sunrooms & Awnings by McDrake in Chesapeake, VA, showcases how a sunroom can transform your living space into an inviting backyard oasis for family and friends.

A Perfect Addition for Family Gatherings

Imagine enjoying a warm summer day, watching your grandchildren play by the pool, all while staying comfortably inside. That’s exactly what one family envisioned when they chose Betterliving Sunrooms & Awnings by McDrake to install their sunroom. They wanted a space to entertain guests, relax with family, and enjoy the beautiful views of their backyard pool. The result is a stunning all-season sunroom that has become the heart of their home.

Why Choose a Betterliving Sunroom?

Betterliving Sunrooms are designed with both beauty and functionality in mind. Here’s why they’re the perfect addition to any home:

  1. Year-Round Comfort: An all-season sunroom is equipped with insulated windows and thermal breaks, ensuring that the room stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This means you can enjoy the space throughout the year, regardless of the weather outside.
  2. Protection from the Elements: The sunroom provides a sheltered space where you can enjoy the outdoors without worrying about sunburn, rain, or strong winds. The UV-protective glass blocks harmful rays, protecting your skin and keeping your furniture from fading.
  3. Insect-Free Environment: One of the biggest advantages of a sunroom is that it allows you to experience the beauty of the outdoors without the nuisance of bugs. Enjoy a peaceful evening without the buzz of mosquitoes or flies.
  4. Enhanced Aesthetics: With sleek designs and customizable options, Betterliving Sunrooms can be tailored to match the style of your home. From classic to contemporary, you can choose the look that best suits your taste.
  5. Increased Home Value: A sunroom is not only a great addition for your personal enjoyment but also a valuable investment that can increase the resale value of your home.
We recently had a 4 Season Sunroom installed by McDrake Enterprises. We began our search almost a year ago and today completed our final walkthrough with them. The sunroom is beautiful and the Team at McDrake were top notch. Professional and approachable. Brittany, Austin, Andy Donovan and Darren were awesome. Once the project got started, we were advised on a daily basis what to expect each day. The guys were here on time every day, and the office was available anytime we had a question. Can’t say enough good things about this company. Thanks Darren and Team!
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Why Betterliving by McDrake?

Betterliving by McDrake is a trusted name in home remodeling in Hampton Roads.
With years of experience and a commitment to quality, we ensure that every project meets the highest standards.
Our team of skilled professionals works closely with clients to bring their vision to life, providing personalized solutions and exceptional craftsmanship.

50+ Years of Experience

You can trust the team at McDrake. We're Class "A" General Contractor and a Better Business Bureau Accredited Business.


As a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, we're proud to support our local military families. We're registered with eVA and Vet Biz.

Rated 5 Stars

Check out our 5 star review from local homeowners and businesses. We have completed over 1,200 successful projects.

Trusted Professionals

We are NARI Certified, members of the Associated Builders & Contractors, the Builders & Contractors Exchange and SWaM.

Visit our Showroom in Virginia Beach

Our showroom offers a firsthand look at the exceptional quality and design options available for your home improvement projects. Whether you’re coming from Chesapeake, Norfolk, or surrounding Hampton Roads communities, you’ll find that our location is easy to reach and offers ample parking.

Transform Your Porch into a Sunroom

Convert Your Porch into a Sunroom

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Are you looking to elevate your outdoor space into a cozy retreat where you can enjoy the warmth of the sun without battling the elements?

Look no further than Betterliving Sunrooms & Awnings of Hampton Roads. With our expertise and innovative solutions, you can seamlessly convert your existing porch into a stunning sunroom, adding both value and comfort to your home.

Imagine stepping into your newly transformed sunroom, bathed in natural light, while still being shielded from harsh weather conditions. Betterliving Sunrooms & Awnings offers a range of customizable options to suit your preferences and needs. Whether you envision a tranquil sanctuary for relaxation or a versatile space for entertaining guests, our team can bring your vision to life.

One of the key advantages of converting your porch into a sunroom is the ability to enjoy the outdoors year-round. No longer will you be limited by unpredictable weather or pesky insects. With insulated glass walls and efficient climate control systems, you can bask in the beauty of nature from the comfort of your sunroom, regardless of the season.

Add Value and Comfort to Your Home

Moreover, a sunroom adds valuable square footage to your home, increasing its overall appeal and market value. It serves as a versatile extension of your living space, perfect for hosting gatherings, practicing yoga, or simply unwinding with a good book.

At Betterliving Sunrooms & Awnings of Hampton Roads, customer satisfaction is paramount. Our team of skilled professionals will work closely with you to understand your goals and preferences, guiding you through every step of the transformation process. From initial design concepts to final installation, they ensure a seamless experience and exceptional results.

So why wait? Take the first step towards transforming your porch into a sunlit oasis with Betterliving Sunrooms & Awnings of Hampton Roads. Discover the endless possibilities and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors in unparalleled comfort and style. Schedule a free in-home consultation today and unlock the potential of your outdoor space.

Ready to start your project?

McDrake, a Class A General Contractor in Virginia Beach, is an authorized dealer of Betterliving Sunrooms, Patio Rooms, Screen Rooms, Enclosed Porches, Awnings, Canopies, Solar Shades, Railings, and Decks for homes and businesses in Hampton Roads, VA.

Crafting Timeless Elegance in Bathroom Renewal

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Crafting Timeless Elegance in Bathroom Renewal


Discover our newest bathroom remodel! We couldn’t be more excited to unveil this spectacular transformation. Our team bid farewell to the oversized bathtub, making space for a sophisticated freestanding tub, complemented by a spacious walk-in shower featuring a convenient bench. The tile work received a modern overhaul, now showcasing sleek ceramic across the shower walls, tub surround, and bathroom floor.

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Blue Cabinetry is Timeless and Sophisticated

Choosing blue cabinets over conventional white or neutral tones was a strategic move, adding a touch of timeless allure while injecting the space with character and vibrancy. The end result? A high-end bathroom remodel that transcends trends, offering both style and functionality in equal measure, courtesy of our skilled team.

This bathroom remodel in Virginia Beach goes beyond mere renovation; it embodies the transformative potential of design. It’s more than just updating a space—it’s about crafting an experience. Our aim is to fashion a bathroom that not only fulfills its practical function but also becomes a sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Reviving Kitchen Spaces: A Ghent Transformation

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Reviving Kitchen Spaces: A Ghent Transformation


Step into the heart of Norfolk, and you’ll find more than just a kitchen remodel—it’s a symphony of design and functionality. Our latest project was not just about renovating a space; it was about redefining the way our client interacts with their home.

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Gone are the days of feeling isolated in the kitchen; we made sure of that. By dismantling a wall, we seamlessly integrated the kitchen with the dining area, fostering an environment where conversations dance alongside culinary creations. No longer confined to the periphery of social gatherings, meal prep becomes a communal affair, where every chop and stir is accompanied by laughter and shared moments.

Green Cabinetry is Having a Moment

And then there’s the green cabinetry—vibrant, invigorating, and oh-so-lush. The choice of green cabinetry wasn’t arbitrary; it was intentional. It breathes life into the space, infusing it with a sense of freshness and vitality. As light pours in through the windows, the green hues come alive, captivating all who enter.

But the magic doesn’t stop there. Every element, from the sleek quartz countertops to the contemporary gold hardware, was thoughtfully selected to harmonize with the overall design. Even the installation of white oak hardwood, executed by our expert team at Carpet Hut by McDrake, contributes to the cohesive tone that permeates the entire home.

In essence, this remodel transcends mere renovation—it’s a testament to the power of design to transform not just spaces, but experiences. It’s about creating a kitchen that not only serves its practical purpose but also serves as a canvas for culinary creativity and social connection.

So, as you explore our latest project, let it inspire you to reimagine your own kitchen space. Because in the end, it’s not just about what a kitchen looks like—it’s about the stories it holds and the memories it helps create.

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Bringing the Outdoors In: A Dream Sunroom Installation in Chesapeake, VA

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Bringing the Outdoors In: A Dream Sunroom Installation in Chesapeake, VA


When it comes to adding a touch of luxury to your home while seamlessly blending the beauty of the outdoors with the comfort of indoor living, there’s nothing quite like a Betterliving all-season sunroom.

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Nestled in the heart of Chesapeake, VA, our Betterliving by McDrake team had the pleasure of working with a client who was eager to transform their outdoor space into a sanctuary that seamlessly integrated the natural beauty of their surroundings with the comfort and convenience of indoor living. With a breathtaking view and a canvas brimming with potential, our team set out to create a sunroom that would exceed our client’s wildest dreams.

At Betterliving Sunrooms & Awnings of Hampton Roads, we believe that every homeowner deserves to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors in a space that reflects their unique style and personality. And with our passion for excellence and commitment to customer satisfaction, we’re proud to have helped our client turn their dream of a luxurious sunroom into a stunning reality.

So if you’re ready to take your home to the next level with a custom sunroom designed to exceed your wildest expectations, look no further than Betterliving Sunrooms & Awnings of Hampton Roads. With our expert team by your side, the possibilities are endless.

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An authorized dealer of Betterliving Sunrooms, Patio Rooms, Screen Rooms, Enclosed Porches, Awnings,
Canopies, Solar Shades, Railings, and Decks for homes and businesses.

Find Inspiration for your Hampton Roads Home Remodel

Navigating the Distinction Between Renovation and Remodel

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When it comes to enhancing your living space, understanding the nuances between renovation and remodeling is crucial. At McDrake Remodeling, we are committed to guiding you through this distinction to ensure your home improvement project is a resounding success.

Renovation vs. Remodel: Unveiling the Difference

Choosing between renovation and remodeling is more than a matter of semantics; it’s about accurately conveying the scope of your vision to our expert team. Though these terms are often used interchangeably, at McDrake Remodeling, we recognize the difference they bring to the table.

In essence, renovation involves revitalizing existing elements to achieve a fresh look and feel. Contrastingly, remodeling at McDrake is about transforming the old into something entirely new. The key lies in your project’s objective – if you are aiming to enhance your space with new finishes and fixtures, you are opting for a renovation. However, if structural changes like removing walls, altering floor plans, or adding exra spaces are on the agenda, you are embarking on a remodeling journey with McDrake.

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The McDrake Approach to Renovation:

Renovation, according to McDrake Remodeling, is a process of updating a home’s aesthetics while preserving its layout and structure. What sets it apart is it’s DIY-friendly nature, with tasks like painting, floor installation, and cabinet refacing accessible event to beginners. Renovation at McDrake often bypasses permit requirements, making it an efficient and cost-effective choice in line with local building codes. 

The McDrake Approach to Remodeling:

Remodeling with McDrake encopasses more extensive projects involving property restructuring. Tasks like expanding the kitchen, adding a bathroom, or construction additional spaces fall under the remodeling umbrella. Major undertakings, including relocating infrastructure and acquiring permits, demand professional expertise and collaboration with local authorites. 

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Examples of Renovation Tasks at McDrake Remodeling:

  • Refinishing Floors
  • Painting
  • Refacing Cabinets
  • Swapping Light Fixtures
  • Updating Plumbing Fixtures
  • Changing Door Hardware
  • Adding Trim

Examples of Remodel Tasks at McDrake Remodeling:

  • Removing Walls
  • Changing Floor Plans
  • Adding Central AC
  • Building Additions
  • Finishing a Basement
  • Adding a Second Level
  • Building a Deck or Patio
  • Adding a Bedroom Suite

McDrake Remodeling: Cost and Value Considerations

Cost and value considerations further distinguish McDrake Renovation from McDrake Remodeling. Renovating with McDrake generally incurs lower costs, focusing on aesthetic enhancements rather than structural changes. The latter often involves hidden expenses, as structural alterations may reveal the need for rerouting essential elements, accompanied by potential load-bearing wall replacements.

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Due to the higher investment in remodeling, renovations at McDrake typically boast a higher return on investment (ROI). Renovated homes, appearing updated and move-in ready, attract buyers more effectively than remodeled counterparts that demand additional financial commitments.

McDrake Remodeling: Your Trusted Partner

At McDrake Remodeling, we understand that whether opting for a renovation or a contractor-reliant remodel, understanding the nuances between renovation and remodeling ensures informed decision-making for a successful home improvement venture.

Visit our Showroom

Visit our showroom in the heart of Kempsville to explore our selection of top quality cabinetry, hardware, flooring, and beyond. Your vision for a transformed living space starts with McDrake Remodeling.

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Our showroom is located at 5719 Arrowhead Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

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Virginia Beach All-Season Sunroom

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Virginia Beach All-Season Sunroom Escape

A cozy and comfortable space to enjoy the outdoors, no matter the weather.

Our client was looking for a way to embrace the changing seasons while staying cozy and comfortable in a space that offers year-round enjoyment. Our experienced team guided them through the process, offering expert advice and solutions that aligned with their vision and budget. Fully insulated with no visible fasteners, their new four season sunroom with gable style roof perfectly blends in with their home, creating a versatile area for entertaining or relaxing. 

Meticulously designed, our 4-season sunrooms come with an exceptional 50-year non-prorated transferable warranty, ensuring peace of mind for decades to come. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enhance your home and lifestyle. Contact Betterliving Sunrooms & Awnings of Hampton Roads today at 757-648-8868 to schedule your free in-home estimate and explore the endless possibilities of a 4-season sunroom. 

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Innovative Home Addition Concepts to Enhance Your Multigenerational Living Space

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Innovative Home Addition Concepts to Enhance Your Multigenerational Living Space

In recent times, the prevalence of multigenerational households has notably increased. Older adults are increasingly opting to live with their adult children, who in turn are either extending their stay at home or returning post-college.

Embracing the concept of multigenerational living holds promising advantages for numerous families. An array of innovative home addition concepts exists, aimed at enhancing the allure of multigenerational arrangements. By selecting a fitting home addition approach, the goal is to create an environment where each individual enjoys the necessary privacy and personal space for their optimal well-being amidst shared living.

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Constructing an Accessible Suite for Aging Relatives

Crafting an accommodating mother-in-law suite presents an ideal avenue for ensuring your elderly family members reside nearby, facilitating regular check-ins and visits, all while upholding their autonomy. Typically encompassing a private entrance, bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom, akin to a compact apartment, this suite can either be integrated as an extension to your existing home or erected as an independent structure on the same property. Often situated on ground level, this arrangement caters to mobility by circumventing the necessity of stairs.

Expanding Living Space for Returning Adult Children

When contemplating ways to accommodate adult children returning home after completing their college journey, the prospect of renovating or adding onto your home emerges as a viable solution. With a growing trend among young adults to reside at their parental abode post-graduation, as a strategic measure to accrue funds for their future home purchase, the concept gains traction. Should the notion of a home addition for your adult child resonate, several avenues can be explored:

1. Extending Outward: Explore the option of constructing a home addition to augment living quarters.
2. Basement Transformation: Reimagine the basement by converting it into functional living space through remodeling efforts.
3. Vertical Expansion: Repurpose the attic or embark on constructing an additional floor above to amplify available area.
4. Elevated Garage: Delve into the possibility of erecting an overlying garage space.

It’s essential to deliberate upon the level of privacy and spatial requirements, as well as the potential sharing of kitchen and bathroom facilities, to tailor the addition according to your family’s specific needs.

Creating the Ultimate Playroom

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Perhaps you find yourself fortunate enough to have your grandchildren residing with you or entrusted with their care while your adult children are occupied with work commitments. If the idea of pampering your grandchildren resonates with you, what better way to achieve it than by crafting a dedicated playroom? The existing space beneath your residence can undergo a revitalizing transformation, yielding a captivating area for children to frolic. Alternatively, a streamlined one-room home extension could be tailored for this venture.

Moreover, if your household embraces several generations seeking to coexist harmoniously under one roof, explore the realm of multigenerational home addition concepts. These innovations can significantly enhance comfort and contentment for all occupants. By embracing home additions conducive to accommodating extended families, you stand to not only economize on expenses related to rent, assisted living facilities, and childcare, but also elevate the overall value of your property. We are at your service to deliberate upon your multigenerational housing requirements, and collaboratively unearth the optimal solution tailored to your residence and unique circumstances.

Reach out to McDrake Remodeling today to embark on a journey of exploring innovative multigenerational home addition ideas.

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The McDrake kitchen and bath showroom is the perfect place to find inspiration! With on-site design professionals and top cabinetry, hardware, countertop, and flooring brands to choose from, we can make your dream home a reality.

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Unveiling the Hottest Flooring Trends of 2023: A Sneak Peek into Carpet Hut by McDrake’s Collection

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Unveiling the Hottest Flooring Trends of 2023: A Sneak Peek into Carpet Hut by McDrake’s Showroom

As 2023 unfolds, homeowners and interior enthusiasts are eager to explore the latest flooring trends that can transform their living spaces into stylish havens. At Carpet Hut, we’ve curated an exceptional collection that showcases the top flooring trends of the year from trusted brands like Shaw, Mannington, Masland, Mohawk and more. From timeless classics to modern innovations, let’s dive into the exciting flooring options that continue to define the aesthetic landscape of 2023.

1. Nature-Inspired Flooring:

In an era where we seek solace in the natural world, flooring designs that mimic nature’s beauty are gaining immense popularity. Wood-look vinyl and laminate flooring continue to be in high demand, offering the warmth and authenticity of hardwood without the associated maintenance. Organic patterns and earthy tones, such as oak, walnut, and ash, remain timeless choices that seamlessly blend with any interior style.

Mannington - LVT - Kona Beach
Mannington - LVT - Kona Beach
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Shaw Floors - Luxury Vinyl - Sable

2. Sustainable Materials:

With sustainability taking center stage, eco-friendly flooring options are a top priority for many homeowners. 2023 sees a rise in sustainable materials like bamboo, cork, reclaimed wood, and carpet made from recycled content. These choices not only add a touch of uniqueness to your floors but also promote environmental responsibility. Recycled carpet, like EverStrand by Mohawk Florring, and carpets made from natural fibers are also excellent options for those looking to minimize their carbon footprint.

EverStrand by Mohawk Flooring is the most sustainable carpet option for your home. Advanced soil and stain protection makes it easy to clean. And, because it’s made from up to 100% recycled content using Mohawk’s innovative Continuum™ process, it’s the world’s most sustainable carpet. Shop all Mohawk Flooring options at our Virginia Beach flooring and design showroom located at 5719 Arrowhead Dr., Virginia Beach, Va 23462. 

EverStrand by Mohawk Flooring is made with up to 100% of recycled content.

3. Bold Patterns and Textures:

For those seeking to make a statement, bold patterns and textures are the go-to trend for 2023. Geometric patterns, chevron designs, and intricate motifs are increasingly adorning floors, adding a touch of personality and visual interest. Moreover, textured carpets, with their depth and dimension, create a luxurious and inviting atmosphere that elevates any room’s ambiance.


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Mannington Luxury Sheet Vinyl - Deco Wrought Iron
Shaw Now - Bold Transformation - Snowfall
Shaw Now - Bold Transformation - Snowfall

3. Waterproof Flooring:

Practicality meets style with the growing popularity of waterproof flooring options. Perfect for high-moisture areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, and basements, waterproof vinyl, laminate, and luxury vinyl tile (LVT) offer the best of both worlds. These durable and water-resistant options come in a wide range of designs, ensuring that you don’t have to compromise on aesthetics while prioritizing functionality.

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4. Statement Carpets:

While hardwood and tile floors have their charm, carpets continue to hold their ground as a luxurious and cozy flooring choice. In 2023, statement carpets take center stage, offering a burst of color, texture, and personality. From vibrant patterns to plush textures, these carpets become a focal point, adding warmth and character to any room. Whether it’s a bold area rug or wall-to-wall carpeting, the right statement carpet can transform your space into a work of art.

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1866 by Masland - Prague
1866 by Masland - Hanover
1866 by Masland - Hanover

2023 has brought an exciting array of flooring trends that cater to diverse tastes and preferences. At Carpet Hut by McDrake, we embrace these trends and offer a collection that combines timeless elegance with modern innovation. From nature-inspired designs to sustainable materials and bold patterns, our flooring options cater to every style and requirement. Visit our showroom and let us help you create a living space that reflects your personality while staying on-trend with the latest flooring styles.

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Discover Ways Betterliving Owners Make Use of Their Sunrooms

Embracing the Possibilities: Unveiling the Diverse Uses of Betterliving Sunrooms

At Betterliving Sunrooms & Awnings of Hampton Roads, our customers have discovered the endless potential of their sunrooms beyond the conventional roles of dining, entertaining, and relaxation. From coast to coast, sunroom owners have found unique and versatile ways to utilize this cherished space in their homes.

Take the Millers, for instance. When they retired and settled into their daughter’s home, they sought their own personal sanctuary by adding a Betterliving Sunroom. With a carefully curated selection of furnishings, including a computer desk, a small table for crafts and coffee, and comfortable reclining chairs, they now enjoy a cozy spot to bask in the outdoor scenery while sitting in absolute comfort.

For the Marshall family, their sunroom has become the ultimate playroom for their beloved grandkids. With ample space for the little ones to run around, they can relish the benefits of natural light and even savor a breath of fresh air when the windows are opened on pleasant days.

Louise faced a challenge when she realized her new home lacked sufficient space for her beloved plants. However, with the addition of a Betterliving Sunroom, she discovered the perfect solution. Her plants now thrive in the abundant natural light, allowing her to tend to them throughout the year.

Meanwhile, Sara’s passion for crafting was taking over her entire house as her supplies multiplied. To regain control and fuel her creativity, she decided to transform her sunroom into a dedicated crafting room. Bathed in superior natural light, her sunlit haven has become the preferred gathering spot for crafting sessions among her friends.

As for the Kims, who are ardent fitness enthusiasts, the winter months posed a challenge to their outdoor running routine. In response, they ingeniously brought a treadmill into their sunroom addition, enabling them to continue their “outdoor” runs regardless of the weather outside.

A Betterliving Sunroom provides you with a blank canvas to fulfill your unique needs. Offering additional space flooded with natural light, the possibilities are truly limitless. So, how do you envision making the most of your sunroom? Share your plans and embrace the transformative potential of this cherished space.


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