Update on My Sunroom: We’ve Got a Roof! And Windows!

by hookedonhouses on November 18, 2010

3-Season Porch plans

Well, I’m excited to report that there has been major progress on our new sunroom. A lot of you have been requesting photos and asking about the flooring we ended up choosing, etc, so I thought I’d give you an update.

As a reminder, that drawing is what it’s supposed to look like when it’s done. We did make one change, though, and decided against that bottom row of windows in an effort to save a few bucks. I figure the furniture will be covering most of them anyway, right?

Here’s how the back of the house looked last week, with the old deck:

before sunroom

They removed the deck and extended the floor by 5 feet for the new room.

In this next photo you can see how close we are to our neighbors (that fence is theirs). I’m sure they really appreciate all the racket the workers have been making every morning at 7:00 when they crank up their saws and start hammering away. I’ll have to make it up to them somehow.

deck removed

The next day they came and framed out the new room, but we were waiting on the trusses for the roof:

framing new room

Yesterday the trusses arrived. Up went the roof.

roof on

Then the windows arrived a few hours later, and they had them all installed by the end of the day. It’s been amazing to see how quickly this room has been coming together.

windows in-outside view

Here’s how the unfinished room looks inside:

windows in-inside looking out

The architect vaulted the ceiling as much as possible, but we’ve got windows on the back of the house that the roof had to clear. There will be beadboard on the ceiling, painted white. And a couple of ceiling fans, too.

We’re leaving the brick wall exposed (the door leads to our mudroom–or shoe room as it should be called):

inside sunroom-brick wall

We finally chose the flooring for the new room. Thanks to everyone who chimed in when I asked for advice! Here’s what we learned when we went to the flooring showroom:

1. You were right about slate. It’s high maintenance. So we nixed that idea.

2. We could afford the “fake hardwoods” (vinyl), but for me it was the real thing or nothing.

3. Only a few kinds of tile were within our budget. We chose one in a color called “Grey Stone.” Here’s the sample:

Daltile-Castle de Verre-Grey Stone tile

Castle de Verre is the name of the tile. I plan to have a couple of big area rugs out there, so it really just needs to be a good “background feature” that doesn’t call too much attention to itself. If you hate it, please don’t tell me, because this is the best-looking tile we could afford, and it’s already ordered, and it’s too late to change it now. Thanks. ;-)

Several of you urged us to consider radiant heat flooring. So we did. And the quote came in at $5,200 for the room, and that didn’t even include what we would have to pay an electrician. Yikes. Since we’re already $10,000 over budget on this project, we decided that area rugs will have to keep our tootsies warm in winter.

windows in sunroom-corner

I think that corner would be a perfect spot for a Christmas tree, don’t you?

This is truly a dream come true for me. Thanks for sharing my excitement with me. Stay tuned to see how it all turns out. :-)

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Monique November 18, 2010 at 8:23 am

The sunroom is our most used room in the house:) You will love it!
.-= Monique´s last blog ..Oui -Encore Des Cretons =-.

LoveFeast Table November 18, 2010 at 8:25 am

Wow!! Merry Christmas to you…a little early!! What a great gift! I can’t wait to see the finishing touches!
~Kristin
.-= LoveFeast Table´s last blog ..Velvet Pumpkin Thanksgiving Mantel Decoration =-.

Marie November 18, 2010 at 8:26 am

Thanks for the update on your beautiful sunroom. I love the size; not too big, not too small. Love the windows. Good luck with the project.

Luciane at Homebunch.com November 18, 2010 at 8:28 am

Julia!
GORGEOUS ALREADY! I love the architecture of it! The vaulted ceiling is great. It’s also so big! It’s weird, I never can picture a room done when it’s only on a paper. :-)
I am truly happy for you. I do like the floor a lot, and it’s true, slate is high maintenance. I didn’t think about that. You choice of tile will look perfect with the exposed bricks. And a X-tmas tree would be beautiful there. OMG, I am really excited for you! :-)

While you wait for your porch to be done, go dream with the ITALIAN COTTAGE on my blog today… :-)

xo

Luciane at HomeBunch.com

Janell Beals November 18, 2010 at 8:28 am

I just love the view out the wall of windows! Just fabulous, you will most certainly love being in this room! Janell
.-= Janell Beals´s last blog ..Kitchen Nook Art &amp Chalkboard Wall =-.

MissCaron November 18, 2010 at 8:29 am

I LOVE IT! I think the tile is great… I also think the vaulted ceiling will be wonderful and I can’t wait to see the fan and lighting you’ve picked out! It sure does come together rather quickly, eh? :-)
.-= MissCaron´s last blog ..Color Personality =-.

Stephanie@Geezees November 18, 2010 at 8:30 am

I can definitely see a Christmas tree in that corner….i can’t wait to see pics of it when it’s done, it’s gonna be so amazing!
.-= Stephanie@Geezees´s last blog ..You Capture – What inspires me Watch the sweet video =-.

Allison Hall November 18, 2010 at 8:31 am

Your sun room is looking good !!!!
It looks alot like what i will B doing to mine…
Oh how I miss my building days….Can’t help it it’s been in my blood since childhood…Keep us updated…Have you made a decision on flooring yet ???

Mom in High Heels November 18, 2010 at 8:32 am

It is moving along quickly! How exciting! I agree about nixing the bottom windows. They look nice in the rendering, but they would be covered by furniture, plus there would be all that bending over to clean them! I can’t wait to see it finished and decorated! I’m so excited for you and I agree that the corner you chose is a perfect spot for a beautiful Christmas tree!
.-= Mom in High Heels´s last blog ..RTT- Royals- Preidents and Mars =-.

hookedonhouses November 18, 2010 at 8:43 am

That’s exactly what I said. I don’t want to be crawling behind the furniture, trying to clean those bottom windows! Ha. -Julia

Tiffany November 18, 2010 at 8:32 am

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I can’t wait to see the finished product. It’s something that I want on the back of my house when we build.

Allison Hall November 18, 2010 at 8:33 am

One more question…Will you be using this all year round ???
If so make sure they insulate the floor….
.-= Allison Hall´s last blog ..Update on My Sunroom- We’ve Got a Roof! And Windows! =-.

hookedonhouses November 18, 2010 at 9:50 am

We plan to use it except on really cold days or really hot ones. We’ll have a heat and A/C unit for the room, but I know there will be some days when that won’t cut it. I’ll have to ask if they insulated the floor. Can’t remember! -Julia

Thirkellgirl November 18, 2010 at 8:34 am

Beautiful! Already! I think your tile is great, and I can definitely see a Christmas tree there! When do you think this project will be done, construction-wise?

hookedonhouses November 18, 2010 at 9:51 am

Thanksgiving next week is going to slow things down a little, but they should be able to finish up the week after that. The electrician comes out Monday to get started on the lights and outlets, etc. Then they’ll start with the finish work when he’s done. And we’re also waiting on the tile to arrive for the floor. -Julia

Debbie A November 18, 2010 at 8:34 am

Looks great – we are contemplating something similar – can i ask how big your new sunroom is?

hookedonhouses November 18, 2010 at 8:42 am

It’s 17′ x 18′. We eventually hope to expand what’s left of the old deck so it goes out as far as the new room does, too. -Julia

Sally November 18, 2010 at 8:34 am

All those windows are AMAZING. How exciting!!! Yes, I see the Christmas Tree right in that corner. Hope you have room for it in the budget. ;-)
.-= Sally´s last blog ..These are a Few of My Favorite Things =-.

hookedonhouses November 18, 2010 at 9:52 am

Maybe that’s what I’ll ask Santa for for Christmas. ;-)

Nancy November 18, 2010 at 8:36 am

Wow! It looks awesome! I am sure that you and your family will enjoy it! Thanks for sharing.

linda @ Lime in the coconut November 18, 2010 at 8:37 am

Ha! My thoughts exactly….this is a PERFECT room for a christmas tree! This is adding soooo much more square living feet to your home. A GREAT addition!
.-= linda @ Lime in the coconut´s last blog ..The secret life of bees… =-.

amy@maisondecor November 18, 2010 at 8:46 am

Wow it is fantastic! I remember not too long ago when a tree came crashing down and wiped out your umbrella and furniture on the deck!! This is a major improvement and will probably become your favorite spot!
.-= amy@maisondecor´s last blog ..Story of the White Chandelier =-.

hookedonhouses November 18, 2010 at 9:26 am

That’s right–that freak storm that wrecked our furniture was the impetus to look into getting a screened porch…which then evolved into a sunroom. In hindsight, maybe that storm was actually a stroke of luck for us! :-)

carolinagirl November 18, 2010 at 8:52 am

this is going to be so nice. i can’t wait to see the final product!!!

Emily@remodelingthislife November 18, 2010 at 8:53 am

Oh you are so going to love sitting out there with your laptop and blogging :)

It’s amazing, Julia. I am so excited for you!!

Catherine November 18, 2010 at 8:56 am

Looking good, Julia! Yes, that corner is a perfect place for the tree! Will you leave the existing brick wall, door, & window, or will they be redone? What will that existing outside wall look like when the room is completed?
.-= Catherine´s last blog ..Diving Bells or Butterfies =-.

hookedonhouses November 18, 2010 at 9:25 am

Yes, we decided to leave the brick wall, door, and window as they are. We talked about putting siding on the outside wall, but there was so little wall to add siding to, that I think we agreed to go with painted wood panels instead. I’ll have to double-check on that. We have changed our minds so many times during this process that sometimes I forget what we ended up with! -Julia :-)

Deb November 18, 2010 at 9:10 am

It’s beautiful! I love beadboard ceilings and can’t wait to see it all done :)
.-= Deb´s last blog ..The Henry Family Creed =-.

Farmeress November 18, 2010 at 9:15 am

Our last home had a very similar room (20×20) which like yours extended into a wooded setting view. It was remarkable about 8 months of the year, and in a pinch, had electric heater$ built into 2 walls for rare special occasions. Right off a large country kitchen (remodeled from kitchen familyroom combo), it was a wonderful walk-in cooler during holiday bulk food preps too! The sense of beautiful outdoors of that room, and the way people gravitated to it gave us a lot of pleasure as I know it will you! Current home has a very large long (ranch) porch. Well dressed & comfy, it is opposite side of house from kitchen & looks out on a pretty pond. Not visually present from the main rooms of house, we need to guide our guests, even those familiar with the porch, to it. Love time there,,,just different without the easy flow access of the former sunroom. You will all love your new room. Spring will be special… I love your tile!..thought “oh no” on slate!

hookedonhouses November 18, 2010 at 9:24 am

I hadn’t thought about using it as a big cooler in winter. My in-laws do that with their porch and it’s really convenient when they have been crowds of us staying there! -Julia

Mimi Linna November 18, 2010 at 9:16 am

good choice on removing those little windows. you won’t miss them. Is it justme or does anyone else love the smell of new lumber? kinda like new dolls. yes, my parents should have paid for therapy. On the tile, make sure you seal the grout. We had our carpet cleaning company do ours since i could not see me down on my hands and knees doing the whole house. looking forward to the finshed project.

hookedonhouses November 18, 2010 at 9:22 am

I love the smell of sawdust and lumber. Takes me back to when we were building our house years ago!

Good point about sealing the grout. I don’t want to do that job, either, so I’ll make sure they’re going to do it for me. Thanks! -Julia

Jena @ Involving Color November 18, 2010 at 9:18 am

Looking great! I can’t wait to see it all finished!
.-= Jena @ Involving Color´s last blog ..Flauntin it Ikea Style =-.

Jen @ After The Alter November 18, 2010 at 9:19 am

That room is going to be amazing! I hope you use and take advantage of it when it’s done! Looks like it will be a nice relaxing place for a book and a cup of coffee!! Can’t wait to see more!
.-= Jen @ After The Alter´s last blog ..Changes That Come With A Baby =-.

Vanessa@Decor Happy November 18, 2010 at 9:25 am

It is going to be beautiful with the view and the light. The Christmas tree will be perfect in there. Can’t wait to see it all finished!
.-= Vanessa@Decor Happy´s last blog ..Work in Progress Wednesday- Updating Stairs =-.

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints November 18, 2010 at 9:30 am

I’m SO excited for you girlie. I know that’s been a dream of yours…mine too! It’s going to look gorgeous:) Can’t wait to see the end result.
.-= Becky @ Farmgirl Paints´s last blog ..My winter porch =-.

Mary November 18, 2010 at 9:34 am

I love your room, and we have been discussing adding a sunroom on our house. I am fearful of the price! Your room is just what I want! Your choice of floor is great, love the color. I can’t imagine any prettier tile. The windows you selected-oh my, just wonderful! You are very lucky.

When I get to the point of getting prices for such a room I hope you will allow me to email with you some questions. Thank you for sharing your room to be. Can’t wait to see your Christmas tree.

Mary

hookedonhouses November 18, 2010 at 9:44 am

Mary–It isn’t cheap. Ours is going to run around $30k. But I think we’ll use it enough to make it worth the money. Feel free to ask anything you need to know when you’re building yours! -Julia

Kimberlee J. November 18, 2010 at 9:35 am

Jealous with a capital J!
And yes, that corner is crying out for a Christmas tree…can’t wait to see it there!
.-= Kimberlee J.´s last blog ..SRNI was =-.

Cori Heffernan November 18, 2010 at 9:38 am

I love the exposed brick and the windows are gorgeous. The flooring is lovely too. Can’t wait to see it all done.

Robin All Things Heart and Home November 18, 2010 at 9:43 am

It’s going to be just wonderful!!!! Keep us posted!
xo
Robin
.-= Robin All Things Heart and Home´s last blog ..Our Moments =-.

Lisa November 18, 2010 at 9:52 am

Oh My goodness, that DID come together quickly!

um, and radiant flooring?? we call it socks, here.. I think the tree is going to be perfect in that corner, and the view outside? TDF!! How lucky is the Hooked on Houses Maven?? The wainscotted cieling is perfect for the room!
congrats–cant wait to see your progress photos again..
xoxo
Lisa
Coastal Nest Cottage
.-= Lisa´s last blog ..Carry onandfor crying out loudKEEP CALM! =-.

Emily A. Clark November 18, 2010 at 9:52 am

Oooh, you’re so lucky! Would love to have a sunroom. We’re getting ready to build a stone patio out back. I guess I will have to settle for that for now. Can’t wait to see how you decorate this room!
.-= Emily A. Clark´s last blog ..The Non-Cooks Thanksgiving Menu =-.

Claudia Walsh November 18, 2010 at 9:55 am

Hello,
How exciting for all of you? The sunroom is our favorite spot in the house. I just love having all windows all around and to let the outside come in. Your windows are gorgeous!
Have fun and can’t wait to see more pictures as it comes a long.
Claudia
.-= Claudia Walsh´s last blog ..Old Wooden Crates =-.

Jocelyn November 18, 2010 at 10:03 am

How very exciting. The room is looking great. I love all the windows!

Pat November 18, 2010 at 10:08 am

Perfection!
I love to see a series of pictures like this that really shows the progress, and goodness…your building team is knocking it out in great time!
It’s going to be so wonderful. I’m afraid you’d already find me sitting all by my self in the unfinished room, planning all kinds of wonderful things!
I love the flooring, ceiling plans, windows…just everything!
So tell me, how many times have you decorated and rearranged furniture in your mind for that great space?!
.-= Pat´s last blog ..It Waits For No One =-.

hookedonhouses November 18, 2010 at 10:15 am

I was out there in the dark last night, freezing my tush off, because I just wanted to look at it some more. If it weren’t 40 degrees and raining this morning, I’d be out there again, but they haven’t hung the door yet and it’s pretty breezy. Ha.

I lost count of how many different ways I have imagined decorating it so far… I might be sitting on folding chairs for awhile until we can afford anything else, though! :)

Dean November 18, 2010 at 10:08 am

How great is that!? And I think the tiles you picked out are perfect for that space. Considering your kid’s craft room make-over, I’m sure this is going to turn out to be a fantastic looking room as well. Congratulations! :-)

Tamara @ Etcetorize November 18, 2010 at 10:17 am

I’m so jealous! Firstly because you’re getting a sunroom, and secondly because you don’t have any snow there! Can’t wait to see the after photos.

Desiree Leone November 18, 2010 at 10:21 am

What a beautiful gift you’re giving yourselves! The room is gorgeous! I know it’s going to be your favorite room to hang out with your family! God bless you! xoxo, desiree

Nichole November 18, 2010 at 10:45 am

Thanks for the update! I think it’s going to be beautiful. And the tile looks awesome.

http://40daysof.wordpress.com/2010/11/17/easily-influenced/
.-= Nichole´s last blog ..Giveaway Winner! =-.

Teacup Lane November 18, 2010 at 11:03 am

Julia…it’s looking great! You must be so excited and happy to have your dream come true. Before we replaced our old deck and added our screened in porch and deck one contractor quoted us almost $100,000 to build a sunroom! And we didn’t even want a sunroom. You do have to compromise because everything is so expensive.

There was a show on HGTV that had folks looking at existing homes that they could afford and then the designer would show them how to improve it. I always laughed at the quotes he gave to do all the improvements when I knew how expensive it was to just do a screened in porch let alone moving kitchens and bathrooms and building stairs as he proposed.

I’m looking forward to seeing your finished sunroom! I love your blog. I have so much fun visiting all the homes you showcase!
.-= Teacup Lane´s last blog ..REDnesday – My Red- White &amp Blue WIP =-.

Kristen November 18, 2010 at 11:23 am

This is so exciting…I am so happy for you! I know you will love the new space and those windows….divine! Thanks for shraing the progress pics!
Kristen
.-= Kristen´s last blog ..Just arrived- White x White iron &amp old pine furniture =-.

Tiffany S. November 18, 2010 at 11:27 am

That’s going to be a great room!

I’m really surprised that radiant flooring was that much. We had it installed (it’s just an underlayment below the tile) and it was $12 for the parts (in a TINY space, but still) and a little bit of labor. Your quote sounds crazy high. That’s too bad because it’s really the best part of our new bathroom.

pk @ Room Remix November 18, 2010 at 11:42 am

OMG, Julia! I can see why you’re excited. It looks great so far. Love all of those windows and you’re going to love the radiant floor heat. I think that’s an investment you won’t regret.
.-= pk @ Room Remix´s last blog ..Giveaway! you wont want to miss this one! =-.

Sophie November 18, 2010 at 12:14 pm

I’m SO jealous! It’s looking absolutely beautiful and I can see it being a wonderful space, especially during the summer! (:

Renae November 18, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Would love to see your selection of ceiling fans. We need to get some and I am paralyzed by the fact that I can’t seem to find any that please my decorating aesthetic!! I’ll wait if I must but i’d truly appreciate knowing what you’re going with. Thanks! Gorgeous room by the way, you’ll love that extra space and being surrounded by those windows. Jealous!

Phyllis Briner November 18, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Great progress! I think your tile is a smart choice. And the idea of a Christmas tree in the corner? Perfect! We put our tree in the corner of our sunroom and love it there. During the day the snow outside (usually, anyway.) is a perfect back drop and at night the lit tree just sparkles in all the glass of the windows!

Amanda November 18, 2010 at 12:36 pm

It is turning out so awesome already! I love how you don’t want to know if people hate your tile choice- I do the same thing on my blog. :-) I think it will be a lovely backdrop to some cozy rugs.
.-= Amanda´s last blog ..Those shady Romans =-.

Marie November 18, 2010 at 12:36 pm

OMG Julia! It’s looking perfect, and I’m jealous. It’s also my dream to add a sunroom to my home and it’s cool of you to show us the step by step progress. I can’t wait to see how it all turns out.
-marie
.-= Marie´s last blog ..Back from Charleston- Yall! =-.

Amber P November 18, 2010 at 1:30 pm

That is really exciting! It looks great so far! I bet you just stand there and stare at it thinking of the decorating possibilities! I know I would. :)

Ricki Jill Treleaven November 18, 2010 at 1:34 pm

I am so happy for you, Julia. A sunroom has also been a dream of mine. I think your tile is pretty. It will be durable, too, and it has just the right mixture of neutrals that everything you put on top of it will look nice. The workers have made quite a bit of progress, haven’t they!

Thanks so much for the update :D
.-= Ricki Jill Treleaven´s last blog ..Carol Marines Daily Paintings =-.

Kim November 18, 2010 at 1:43 pm

What a fantastic room! I love the idea of having beadboard on the ceiling. I can’t wait to see what the room looks like once it’s all done. I bet it will be one of the best sunrooms I have ever seen. Oh and I agree about the Christmas tree and that tile looks nice.

Amanda @ Serenity Now November 18, 2010 at 1:51 pm

It is really coming along, Julia!! :) I think you have great taste, and I know the room will turn out beautifully. I love your spot for the Christmas tree!
.-= Amanda @ Serenity Now´s last blog ..RJ Charms Shopping Spree Giveaway =-.

Cole November 18, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Love the tile you chose… that’s what I have in my kitchen.
.-= Cole´s last blog ..3-640-000 – Atlanta- GA =-.

Kelly R. November 18, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Julia- The room is beautiful! Try an under rug warmer for the winter. http://cozywinters.com/shop/rug-heat.html I saw Candice Olsen use one on Devine Design and thought it was a great and affordable idea. Can’t wait to see the finished project.

hookedonhouses November 18, 2010 at 3:15 pm

That’s a great idea. Thanks, Kelly!

melissa November 18, 2010 at 2:04 pm

There is something magical about having a row of windows or doors. It will be neat experiencing the change of season so close. Can I come over and read while sipping a cup of coffee while the leaves flutter to the ground? ENJOY! I think tile is a great choice, hard wood scratches (and vinyl is not hard wood) and carpet gets dirty to quickly.

Julianne November 18, 2010 at 2:10 pm

FABULOUS!! Oooh, those windows are the best best best part. It doesn’t even matter that you didn’t put in those little ones on the bottom; the big ones are totally great. The ceiling with its little bit of vault is great, too.

I like the tile + rugs idea. Definitely. Plus, in the event of a storm or flooding or anything, I’m guessing tile would hold up better over real or vinyl wood anyway.

I’m excited! Can’t wait to see it when paint starts going on! Also – I know the brick wall was already there as your existing outside wall, but it looks AWESOME in that room! I think it’s so cool to have one wall be all-brick.

Great job thus far!

Jocelyn Stott November 18, 2010 at 2:18 pm

LOVE this. It is going to be so beautiful when finished. What a fabulous addition!
.-= Jocelyn Stott´s last blog ..The Reason I Havent Posted Lately =-.

beth November 18, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Oh WOW!! That is bee-u-ti-ful! The windows are gorgeous, and the beadboard ceiling is going to be so nice. Can’t wait to see it all finished!! :)
Beth.
.-= beth´s last blog ..Planking our dining room table And a DIY tie up shade =-.

Julie November 18, 2010 at 2:42 pm

What a beautiful room, love the woodsy views! Your tile choice is very pretty, and will be cool on bare feet in the summertime. How about a heated under-the-rug pad for the Winter time? I saw Candace Olsen use one in a cold basement and it seemed like a cozy (and inexpensive) idea. I also recently saw a sun room with gorgeous sheer curtains on all the windows (and usually I don’t care for sheers). When the light hit them the room just glows… can’t wait to see what you choose to do, whatever it is I know it will be beautiful! Congrats!

Cheri@IHeartOldHouses November 18, 2010 at 3:03 pm

What a lovely view you’re going to have! Not many houses have sunrooms here in California, maybe because builders think it doesn’t get cold enough? But we’re definitely missing out. Anyway, I can’t wait to see how it turns out!
.-= Cheri@IHeartOldHouses´s last blog ..Making a List- Checking It Twice =-.

Ashley November 18, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Julia, the progress looks great! I think you’ll be happy not choosing slate flooring, and I also think it was a good choice to get rid of those lower windows… especially if there was just going to be furniture covering them.

I can’t wait to see the finished product, and bead board ceilings are my favorite!
.-= Ashley´s last blog ..Inspiration =-.

Laurie November 18, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Your sunroom addition is so nice! I’m sure you and your family will really enjoy your new space, and your Christmas tree will look gorgeous out there. I’ve been dreaming of a sunroom for our house, but I’m greatly discouraged by the cost you mentioned! In your experience, what do you think is the biggest driver in price? Windows? Lumber? Flooring?

hookedonhouses November 18, 2010 at 3:55 pm

It was going to be a lot cheaper when we were planning to build a screened porch. All those big windows definitely added a lot to the cost. And you pay by the square foot for everything, so our decision to expand it from the original deck size cost us, too (it’s 17′ x 18′). Hope it works out for you! -Julia

stephanie November 18, 2010 at 4:29 pm

It looks fantastic!!!!
You will get so much use from this added space that I bet you it will become your favorite room in the house.
It looks so much like our last house summer kitchen I could cry. It was my favorite room and when we built this style of house there was just no way to incorporate into our plans.
Enjoy, and yes a think that’s a perfect spot for your Christmas tree.
P.S.
I know I don’t submit comments as much as I would like too but I really love your blog site. You do a great job!

Jenny November 18, 2010 at 5:25 pm

It looks amazing so far! I can’t wait to have a sun room some day, but you are right…they are SUPER expensive! Plus our house is an atrium ranch and the sun room wouldn’t be on the ground floor ($$$$$).

Anyway, I just know you will love it and yes, a Christmas tree will be gorgeous there!
.-= Jenny´s last blog ..Homeschool Week 16 Review =-.

Sean November 18, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Your tile choice is fantastic – Its going to look lovely…

Centsational Girl November 18, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Julia, this is going to be a stunner! I’m sooooo excited for you, seriously thinking I’ll hop on a plane and crash in your sunroom when complete!!! Sunrooms/conservatories are my favorite spaces, they have the best of everything!
Yayyyyyyy!!!
Kate

Bre November 18, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Julia I love it! I adore outdoor living areas and I can just imagine all the different ways you will use this fantastic space. I think a Christmas tree would be perfect in your new sun room. Mazel! :)

P.S. I love the tile!
.-= Bre´s last blog ..How To- Treat Chapped Lips =-.

E. George November 18, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Hi Julia great choice it looks fantastic can’t wait to see the finished product which is just the way you would be feeling… Yes I can see the christmas tree in that corner. I must say I thought we have bad over here with the price of everything but I can see we are not alone. Have a wonderful weekend til next time Regards Esther from Sydney a bit cold today……

Destiny November 18, 2010 at 9:29 pm

So, so, happy for you!

Sarah November 18, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Which direction does your sunroom face? South? Is it designed to heat and cool your home? I love how eco-friendly sunrooms can be…

hookedonhouses November 19, 2010 at 8:07 am

It faces West, and our yard is heavily wooded, so we don’t get a lot of sun during the day, really. -Julia

melissa November 18, 2010 at 10:46 pm

This is exciting! I’m really happy for you and your family, you will absolutely love it – and live out there :-) The views are great, can’t wait to see it finished. Yes the tile is a perfect neutral for some pretty rugs. Yay!

Cindy November 18, 2010 at 10:50 pm

It’s going to be such a great place for your family to hang out. I’m very happy for you.

Nathan November 19, 2010 at 12:07 am

I know nothing about this, but as long as it’s insulated properly and sunny, wouldn’t it be an okay temperature in there even without heated floors?

hookedonhouses November 19, 2010 at 8:06 am

That’s what I’m hoping for! :)

Nita November 19, 2010 at 3:01 am

Love your little chandelier in the mud room!!!

Liz@VioletPosy November 19, 2010 at 4:20 am

That is going to look gorgeous, especially with a Christmas Tree in it. I can’t wait to see it when it’s finished! :)
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kthnxbye November 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Congrats on making a decision. I think it’s going to look really nice!

Sharon November 20, 2010 at 11:03 am

My 90 yr old mother is very ill and I needed to go away for a moment, so I chose your site. It makes me smile, your room is lovely.

Susan November 22, 2010 at 3:14 am

Julia, this is so exciting! I love the updates! I think that knee wall or lower wall is so short you won’t even notice it…like you mentioned once furniture is in there. Hearing your excitement reminds me so much of when I added my porch. :) I had it decorated many times over by the time it was finished. Somehow I got very lucky and found furniture that was just what I had imagined right at the time it was finished. Since then, I’ve never seen that same furniture again…so I was very lucky. Can’t wait to see it all done! You are truly going to love it!
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Scribbler November 24, 2010 at 1:42 pm

This is going to be fabulous! I miss mine so much — couldn’t figure out how to get it on the moving van! I hope to have another one day.

Happy TGV!

Elizabeth November 27, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Congratulations! How exciting! You can really see it coming together. It’s going to be wonderful
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angela | the painted house November 29, 2010 at 12:18 am

So excited for you, Julia! It is looking so good–can’t wait to see it done. :)
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Ruth January 11, 2011 at 7:15 pm

It looks so great! I love that it blends with the house like it has always been there. I would spend a lot of time in a room like that! Looks like you have great views, too.

Sunrooms South Jersey July 28, 2011 at 1:51 am

Nice photo shoot of your sunroom addition!!

matt fera July 15, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Love the sunroom. Can you tell me the dimensions of the room? And also, knowing what you know now, what would you have done differently?

thanks. Love your site

matt fera

hookedonhouses July 16, 2012 at 8:24 am

It’s 17 x 18. My biggest “regret” is that we didn’t have money to afford better tile flooring. By the time we got to that, we had gone way over budget and couldn’t afford what we really wanted. I’d love to have tile that looks like wood planks. Maybe in my next one! :-)

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