DESIGNING A SUNROOM

Designing a sunroom can be a huge carpentry job. It is a good idea to consult an architect when planning to build a sunroom or make any structural changes in an existing area of your house. While designing a room to serve the functions you have in mind. an architect tail also help you achieve the quality of natural light you desire and obtain the greatest benefit from available solar energy.

 


For example, if your site has sufficient privacy and several well placed deciduous shade trees, your architect will probably encourage you to make use of solar energy by placing a number of windows on the south side of the house. Such a room will receive good morning light and also serve as a passive collector of solar heat. Proper size deciduous trees fast growing deciduous vines, and well-located roof overhangs and canvas awnings will shade the interior from the sun's direct rays in summer, preventing excessive heat gain. In winter, when the trees and vines have lost their leaves and the sun is lower in the sun's rays will penetrate the house's interior and warm surfaces there.

Windows and Ventilation

Double-glazed, reflective, and thermal glass windows are available for insulating a glass en­closed room from extreme outside temperatures. Double-glazed windows have up to an inch of airspace between two pieces of glass to act as insulation. Reflective glass is specially coated to repel the sun's heat when direct solar gain is not desired. Thermal glass has a thin insulating air pocket between the sheets of glass. (One method of cutting the high cost of large ex­penses of thermal glass is to design the window openings to accommodate standard-size replace­ment panels made for sliding glass doors.)

Another basic carpentry tip is to remember; It is important to provide natural ventilation in a sunroom so the room will be comfortable with­out air conditioning. In summer, ceiling fans are useful for generating a breeze inside the room; in winter, a fan will help recirculate warm air collecting at the ceiling.

Designing a Sunroom Skylights

Designing a sunroom skylights give a solarium like effect to a dark area. One or more skylights can be positioned to brighten the center of a room, illuminate an architectural feature, or wash a wall.

Furnishing a Sunroom

Carpenters designing a sunroom interior designers suggest limiting the amount of furniture placed in a sunroom that is designed to be open and airy. Let one table, such as a square table for four, serve both as a dining table and game table.

Furniture in the garden room can complement the furniture styles found in other rooms of the house, or project a different style, depending upon the effect desired. Antique settees and oak chairs, contemporary wicker sofas and otto­mans, or a mixture of both styles can be used. Fabrics should be light colored in a room that receives a lot of sun to lessen the chance of their fading.

Shutters, shades, rattan and matchstick blinds, even folding screens used at the win­dows aid in sun control. Thin-slatted aluminum blinds are also a good choice for sunrooms, because they are completely adjustable for light control and available in many colors. Avoid choosing dark-colored fabrics for window treat­ments, as they tend to fade.

Lighting can focus attention on a particular area within a room. Placing banks of down lights on rheostats will help you achieve a particularly wide variety of effects. Well-located exterior lighting will make outside plantings a feature of your sunroom and give it an illusion of greater depth at night. Install all exterior lights with dimmers for the greatest range of effects.