The solarium is an architectural tradition dating back hundreds of years to medieval Italy, where they often housed botanical gardens and leisure furniture. Their appeal truly surpasses the test of time, from Victorian England tea conservatories to the White House. Today, sunrooms remain a popular addition to homes around the globe, and in the era of Covid-19, having an enclosed yet ethereal outdoor sanctuary can present a much-needed respite from the stresses of the modern world.

“A record number of people are working from home,” explains Vitaliy Borovskiy, owner of Vancouver-based Mt. Hood Sunrooms. “Many children are also studying from home through online classes. This leads to houses being much more crowded than usual. Sunrooms provide a way for people to clear their heads, stimulate their senses, and not be stuck in a stuffy room all day. Sunrooms give people a way to enjoy the weather, see the seasons pass, and get some sunlight, while still following CDC guidelines and reducing the risk of catching cabin fever.”

The family-owned and -operated business draws on more than 20 years of industry know-how to work with clients in Washington, Oregon, and California, and Borovskiy has been constructing sunrooms since he was 16. He took over the company when his father passed away, continuing his legacy of end-to-end, transparent service that never puts the customer in an awkward position—something that is all too common with other builders. “We do not subcontract our work,” says Borovskiy. “From start to finish, we are always there for you. We also offer a lifetime warranty on all of the material.”

The health benefits of sunshine are well-documented, but who doesn’t love the pitter-patter of rain on the windows? Being able to soak up some valuable vitamin D during the winter, without having to actually brave its chilly temperatures, is certainly something Portlanders and other Pacific Northwest residents can appreciate. Solariums elevate summertime dining as well, not to mention a home’s resale value.

Each space that Mt. Hood Sunrooms creates—they also build and repair decks and patios—is a unique extension of your lifestyle and personality, custom engineered, manufactured, and installed to match and blend seamlessly with the rest of your house. Perhaps you’ve always imagined having a vibrant greenhouse or intimate birdwatching hideaway. They can make your dreams a reality.

Mt. Hood Sunrooms’ process starts with a free, no-obligation consultation, when Borovskiy’s team first listens to the client’s wants and ideas, and then shares images of previous projects for inspiration. They then develop a digital 3D model, fine-tuning until it aligns with the customer’s ultimate vision. Collaborating with Mt. Hood Sunrooms takes the hassle out of home improvement; they obtain any required state and local permits and, if necessary, help navigate other required paperwork or HOA permissions. Once all of the boxes have been checked, Mt. Hood Sunrooms begins production on all parts, transports them to your home, and assembles on site.

Everything Mt. Hood Sunrooms does, from thermal blocking to keep sunrooms at a comfortable temperature to utilizing only high-quality materials, goes above and beyond to ensure that every customer is pleased with the end result. “All of this translates to a price that may seem unattainable for some,” Borovskiy admits. “Though we now offer financing through Hearth, which offers quick and easy rate checks, fast funding, fixed monthly payments, and no prepayment penalties.”

Customers who mention this article will receive a 15% discount off the cost of their new sunroom from Mt. Hood Sunrooms.

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