“Very happy – would not change anything. I
am thrilled with the job.”
“A 10 – Couldn’t have been better.”
“I just sit here in my new kitchen with a grin on
my face. It’s so beautiful. It’s everything I could have wanted.
And we absolutely love Steve. He was great to work with.”
“We’re interested in a sunroom.” Those words strike both anticipation and hesitation in the minds of designers. The problem lies in the word sunroom. No two people have exactly the same view of what a sunroom is supposed to be. There’s no universal definition that everyone agrees on. The result is that a great deal of discussion must be accomplished to make sure all parties are on the same page.
The good news is that whatever course of action the planning takes, it’s probably going to be exciting. Whether your definition of sunroom is just a normal room with a sunnier disposition, or just one step away from a greenhouse, the result is likely to get everyone’s heart beating just a little bit faster.
The fact is that sunrooms draw people like moths to a flame. Most of us can’t help ooing and ahing when we walk into a beautifully bright room with an outstanding view. There’s something about them that makes them more special than other rooms in a house.
So how do you create a sunroom that’s perfect for you? The first step is to decide on a goal for this space. What will be the primary focus? If this is to be a place where plants will be a major focus, then you’ll want to design the space for the plants to flourish. Room for people will be a secondary, though obviously important, consideration.
Is view to the outside a factor? Then windows that bring the view into prominence will be favored. What kind of activities will take place? How flexible should it be? All these questions, and more, must be addressed before the design can even begin. The answers to these questions will play a big role in how the sunroom will be designed. Formulating good, sharp goals will result in a more perfect design.
Sunrooms are what I call transitional rooms. That is, they are not outside, but they’re not entirely inside either. They share some traits with both environments. It’s like having a porch that can be enjoyed all year long. So, many of your decisions will rest on how integrated – or how separated - you want to be with the outside. This will directly influence the size and placement of the windows.
How much light do you want? Well, literally, the sky’s the limit. With the excellent skylights that are available today, almost any size, shape, and feature can be accomplished, including motorized remote-control operation. With various methods of light control available, you can manipulate the ambience of your sunroom to your hearts content.
Ultimately, the biggest hurdle to overcome will be the issue of size. No matter how big it is, it will never be large enough to hold all the people who will be drawn like moths, seeking the warmth and tranquility of this special place of refuge.