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Built for luxurious outdoor living, exquisite entertaining, or tranquil relaxation, a California room can be the perfect upgrade for your southern California home.


Today’s homeowners are often looking for outdoor living space, either in the home they already own or in a home they wish to buy. Rather than simply desiring a pretty patio or comfortable outdoor dining area, however, a California room has become the newest way to enjoy more time outside. Let’s take a look at what a California room is, some of the common features that are included, and how much it costs to build.


What Is a California Room and What Does It Look Like?


Imagine all the comforts and luxury of an indoor living space with the fresh air and tranquility of an outdoor living area – that is the ultimate definition of a California room. Although the idea for such a room originated in Florida, these outdoor living spaces have become popular in areas such as southern California because of the mild year-round weather.


California rooms are typically open on just one or two sides and have a complete roof. This gives them an open-air feeling but with added protection from the elements vs. a patio or outdoor seating area that isn’t enclosed at all. In fact, a California room is often a nice transition element between enclosed indoor living spaces and open outside features such as pools, patios, or barbeque areas.


Features vary widely and can include just about anything you can imagine! For example, this Villa Park California room has a large TV, fireplace, comfortable lounging area, and a full kitchen with built-in storage – the perfect place to entertain or simply enjoy the outdoors in luxury!




Just as luxurious but on a smaller scale, this outdoor living area in Mission Viejo is an entertainer’s dream. It boasts a built-in beverage center, barbeque area, comfortable seating, TV, surround sound, and more, all in close proximity to a stunning water feature.




Lastly, take a look at this lounger’s paradise in Coto de Caza. Gorgeous porcelain plank flooring, comfortable couches, a built-in beverage center, large screen TV, cozy fireplace, and beautiful pendant lights are just a few of the things that make this California room the perfect place to relax and recharge.




How Much Does a California Room Cost?


Now that you know what a California room is and what it looks like, it’s time to answer the big question: How much does a California room cost to build? Well, just like any other home remodeling project, the final cost depends on a variety of factors. These can include, but are not limited to:


  • Square footage of the room
  • Quality of materials
  • Features and appliances – entertainment center, fireplace, cabinetry, etc.
  • Geographical conditions (i.e. what needs to be done to make that particular part of the property buildable)
  • Electrical and plumbing


To get the most accurate estimate of cost, it’s wise to work with a design-build remodeling company that has experience in designing and creating California rooms and other outdoor living spaces. Although the overall cost will depend on the specifics of your property and what you want to include in the room, here’s how the cost typically breaks down in terms of percentages:


Working with a design-build firm, you have a host of benefits all under one roof:


  • Architecture, engineering and design professionals – They can combine your vision of the ideal California room with sound building principles and appropriate design techniques to create a space that’s functional, beautiful, and architecturally sound.
  • A project manager – Rather than having to coordinate multiple building professionals or contractors on your own, the project manager does it for you, helping to streamline the process and get the work done in a timely fashion.
  • Top quality builders and other construction professionals – From master builders to expert electricians, plumbers, and more, a design-build firm has the professionals you need all in one place and wrapped up in one single construction contract.


Orange County Remodeling for Outdoor Living


Sea Pointe Design & Remodel has been meeting the remodeling needs of Orange County residents for over three decades. From California rooms and other outdoor living spaces to whole home remodels, kitchen renovations, and more, we’re your source for design-build remodeling in southern California!


Need ideas and inspiration for your next remodeling project? Register for our upcoming remodeling webinars to learn about current design trends, see before and after pictures of some of our recent work, and hear from our remodeling experts how to plan and design your project.


Then, when you’re ready to start planning your own California room or other remodeling endeavor, give us a call at (949) 861-3400 or fill out the form below to schedule your complimentary design consultation.



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What Is a California Room and How Much Does It Cost? was last modified: July 5th, 2023 by admin