We’re in the December doldrums, that time of year when the bitter cold has set in and there are more grey days than sunny ones. I don’t know about you, but I want to be in the sun as much as possible. I’m not talking about lying on a beach, instead, I prefer in a warm sunny spot right at home. So, when a client asks me to help build a sunroom, I jump at the chance!
We recently helped a client turn their existing screened in porch into a four-season sunroom. We had a head start since the structure was in place, the existing footers already poured, and no building permits were needed. We just needed to enhance what was already in place. We removed the screens, walls and wood decking floors, installed insulation, subfloor and a flag stone pattern tile floor.
The owner likes the English cottage look with a beach flair. Once we framed out the walls and added windows, we achieved the look by installing wainscot on the bottom half of the walls and the tongue and groove wood plank ceiling. The finishing touch was painting it all white. We added the exterior door and double-hung vinyl windows and a sky light, to take advantage of the natural light from that side of the house. You will see in the photo that the owners like to add decorations, so in lieu of needing extra furniture like a bookshelf to put their decor, we added a custom window ledge to meet their needs. A ceiling fan and heating and cooling system were installed to keep the room the ideal temperature year-round.
This room is a great example of how existing spaces can be reimagined. The owners had the existing screened in porch, which served them well for many years, but we were able to give them valuable extra livable square footage in room that can be used all year.
I have to say, I wish I was sitting in that room right about now soaking up the sun!