My Sunroom Is Finally Finished!

by hookedonhouses on January 11, 2011

3-Season Porch plans

Remember when I showed you our plans for a sunroom back at the beginning of November? Well, after a couple of months of hard work on the new addition, which was frequently delayed by torrential rains, snowstorms, and long holiday weekends, it is finally, finally finished. (Well, if you don’t count the exterior paint, which has to wait for better weather–right now it’s under a blanket of snow).

The back of our house has gone from looking like this:

before sunroom

To this:

sunroom exterior-back

We had them match the siding, roof, windows, and paint colors to the rest of the exterior so that it looks like it belongs to the house.

sunroom exterior-deck side

Our next big goal for the back is to extend the deck to the edge of the sunroom. It’s now too small to even fit a small table with four chairs around it. We’ll get to that eventually…

In this shot of the French doors leading into the sunroom you can tell that the exterior has been primed but not painted, so it still looks a little rough:

sunroom exterior-doors

The sunroom was finished only one day before my family was coming to celebrate Christmas with us. I was starting to panic that it wouldn’t be done in time. That only gave us 24 hours to find furniture and some holiday decor for it.

Here’s how it looked the day before everyone arrived (read about our tile and lighting choices here):

finished corner-playset

No time (or money) to shop for furniture, so we dragged out every piece of furniture we could find from the basement. We had this wicker on the screened porch at our last house, back in the late ’90s. That’s how old (and filthy) it was. But we cleaned it up and made it work:

sunroom at Cmas-wideshot

We brought in an old white resin table that we use for painting projects and threw a tablecloth over it, along with a rug, a small ottoman, and a couple of tables from the house.

seating area in sunroom

To make it look a little more like Christmas, we bought a couple of red pillows and a poinsettia. Dave hung the red wreath, which he found in my “Giveaway Pile” in the basement, on the window with one of those removable hooks. He put some candles in the windows, too, which made it look cozy at night.

I also found this old plant stand and birdhouse in storage. I think it looks kind of fun by the door for now, until I can figure out how I want to use that area:

back door and birdhouse

(Info on the lighting choices here.)

Even though it wasn’t perfect, everything worked! It was so wonderful celebrating Christmas with our extended family in the new sunroom with the snow falling outside.

two wicker chairs

At the end of the day, Lily looked at me and said, “I forgot we were at our house! It was like we were on vacation!” Which is the whole point of having a sunroom, if you ask me. It’s my vacation room behind the house… :)

Julia & Lily in sunroom-Cmas

What began as a $15,000 screened-porch project back when we started planning this in April evolved into a $30,000 room addition by the time everything was said and done. Gulp. It’s scary how fast the costs add up when you start dreaming big. But we’re so happy with the way it turned out that I can’t complain too much about the money we spent!

sunroom exterior-looking in windows

The problem now is that there’s no $$ left for furniture, so we’ll be making do for awhile. But that’s okay. It’ll give me time to figure out what I really want out there. I can repaint a chair or two, but I plan to buy everything else new. Any suggestions for colors? Furniture styles?

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Luciane at January 11, 2011 at 8:40 am

I was going to ask you about your sunroom… I was curious and look at this!!! Fabulous, Julia! I love the white wall and your furniture. It’s really “homey” and comfy. I know you guys going to have beautiful memories there!

I love the picture of you and your daughter. It’s really sweet!

I’m happy for you! :-)


Luciane at January 11, 2011 at 8:47 am

Oh…it looks great…I did a post a few days ago about conservatories and how nice I’d think they would be in the winter. I think it looks pretty good filled with the cast offs from your house and I really like the birdhouse on the plant stand. I really wish I had one of these kind of rooms.

Stacy@RedDoorHome January 11, 2011 at 8:47 am

It is gorgeous! What a great addition to your home.
.-= Stacy@RedDoorHome´s last blog ..Lisa Leonard Jewelry Giveaway! =-.

Mia's Pearls January 11, 2011 at 8:48 am

Well done, it looks stunning! I would love to have some sort of beach cottage theme, with cosy sofas, striped textiles and pale colours like duck egg blue and white.

Keep us posted on what you will go for! :)
.-= Mia’s Pearls´s last blog ..An ordinary day and the Happiness Project =-.

Brittany (aka Pretty Handy Girl) January 11, 2011 at 8:49 am

Your sunroom looks very nice! You can tell that you put a lot of thought into keeping it with the style of your house. I hope you have many years of enjoyment on it. And I hope you can save some $$$ for furniture soon. I know it is so hard to wait when you want the room to be truly finished. Maybe some Craig’s List shopping?

.-= Brittany (aka Pretty Handy Girl)´s last blog ..Tutorial for Painting Dandelion Wall Graphic =-.

Claudia January 11, 2011 at 8:51 am

It’s beautiful! Love all the windows. Bringing the outside indoors. You will be out there a lot. It’s my escape haven at our house. Congrats and enjoy! It will be fun to decorate.
.-= Claudia´s last blog ..I am in heaven =-.

MaureenCmodecor January 11, 2011 at 8:53 am

You will NEVER be sorry that you went over budget… you have time to sit in your sunroom and contemplate they type/style of furniture you want in the space…no hasty decisions and mistakes. Will be waiting to see the final reveal…even if it takes a while.

Jennifer R. Bernard January 11, 2011 at 8:58 am

Wonderful addition! Congratulations.

Ariadone January 11, 2011 at 8:58 am

It so so light…transparant..all you want out of a sunroom…you live in the woods ? Great. You did well and had a true Christmas in the end after all. Thank you for this post. Love to lovely Lily too.
.-= Ariadone´s last blog ..Citeren =-.

Stacey Dishman January 11, 2011 at 9:04 am

No money? Looks like a million bucks~! I think it looks fantastic and completely intentional. I would never of guessed that it was a hodge podge of left overs.

The only part I wasn’t in love with was the one black folding chair at the table, but I like the idea of the different texture.

hookedonhouses January 11, 2011 at 9:06 am

Yeah, we had to use some folding chairs that day to seat everyone. Not my favorite, either, but they worked in a pinch! :)

Carrie January 11, 2011 at 9:09 am

Looks great!! We had and sunroom at our previous house. I miss it!!
.-= Carrie´s last blog ..2011 =-.

bungalowbliss January 11, 2011 at 9:09 am

Congrats on the completion of this special project! And you’re right about not being able to buy new furniture right away…live in it for a bit, then you’ll be able to know exactly what you need/want. I’m so excited for you…and maybe a just little jealous, too! :)

Suzy January 11, 2011 at 9:12 am

I’m sure you’ll make the money back if you ever sell (why would you, though?)!

Lovely, lovely photo of you and your daughter.

karin/ January 11, 2011 at 9:15 am

How nice that you got to use it for the holidays! A beautiful room!

Monique January 11, 2011 at 9:16 am

Well worth it! And a darling photo of you both too!
.-= Monique´s last blog ..Une Mignardise =-.

Ami @ beyondpeasandcarrots January 11, 2011 at 9:24 am

looks great! Jealous!
.-= Ami @ beyondpeasandcarrots´s last blog ..Orange Chicken =-.

Barbara January 11, 2011 at 9:39 am

BEAUTIFUL!! I would definitely live in it too!!! Have fun!!

rosie at 3rosebuds January 11, 2011 at 9:47 am

It looks wonderful!! What a great space.
.-= rosie at 3rosebuds´s last blog ..getting organized for Christmas 2011! =-.

Cathryn January 11, 2011 at 9:52 am

Looks great, Julia! As far as decor ideas for the future, consider using furniture pieces with natural wood finishes. Not unfinished wood, but more in the Arts & Crafts style. You have such lovely views out your new windows, why not bring a little of nature’s beauty inside? Natural wood would also be timeless with any seasonal decorating you choose throughout each year. Hope this helps!

hookedonhouses January 11, 2011 at 10:15 am

I like that idea! I’d love to have something like a rustic farm table in there.

Stephanie@Geezees January 11, 2011 at 9:55 am

WOW! It looks wonderful, i love what your daughter said “I forgot we were at our house! It was like we were on vacation!” so cute!
.-= Stephanie@Geezees´s last blog ..Photo Collages with words – Popular Wall Art =-.

Phyllis Briner January 11, 2011 at 9:56 am

Fabulous!!! You do need some live plants in there to emphasize the “sun”room. Otherwise you are well on your way, IMHO. My favorite decorating book is “Garden Style”, a Better Home and Garden book. It’s what I refer to when deorating or even changing out our sunroom season to season. I know you have been looking at ideas online, so perhaps you can still find this book, or try the library.
Again, tho, it already looks GREAT!

hookedonhouses January 11, 2011 at 10:13 am

I remember reading that book a few years ago and loving it. I think my mom has it, so I need to borrow it again. And you’re right about the plants. All we’ve got is the poinsettia right now. Thanks, Phyllis!

Ricki Jill Treleaven January 11, 2011 at 9:58 am

Yea! I know you are so glad it is finished. I love Lily’s comment…she is adorable. I think it was well worth the money…to come home to a sunroom every day 😀 pier!’s spring line is soooooooo cute to look at on the internet because I get an email from them about every other day. I do not know if the quality is there, but it might be worth checking it out. Also, I got an email from Smith & Hawken for Target and their line is supposed to be expanded at Target stores because their retail stores closed. I can’t believe you pulled everything together like you did in just twenty-four hours. The sunroom looks festive. Great job!!!
.-= Ricki Jill Treleaven´s last blog ..Lacy Things =-.

MissCaron January 11, 2011 at 9:58 am

LOVE IT! You are so creative and made it work with what you had available and I love that about you! Great job. Glad you were able to have it finished in time…
.-= MissCaron´s last blog ..Mickey’s American Dream =-.

Lene Pedersen January 11, 2011 at 9:58 am

Hello Julia.
Happy New Year to you!

Your sun room is wonderful – and the best part is the view!
A smart move to insulate the room.

Why buy new furniture when the white and the single brown wicker and the green rocking chair suit the room so well and don´t disturb the view?
Instead you could change the pillow and cushion covers according to the season and your mood :-)
You just need to find/buy a new round table to suit the wicker for dining. Painted iron? (like the plant stand).
The bird house on the plant stand, the door, wall and the lantern make a great feature. A couple of changing potted plants could be added to the “still life”.
I think you should go by the motto: less is more.
I wish you many happy hours in your new room!

hookedonhouses January 11, 2011 at 10:03 am

The white wicker is in really bad shape, unfortunately. Really beat up and broken in places, and the paint is all chipping off because of the years it spent on the screened porch. Might be able to salvage some of it, though. The brown wicker chair is actually from the front porch, so it has to go back in the Spring. The green rocker can be repainted, though. Thanks, Lene! :-)

Liz @ It's Great To Be Home January 11, 2011 at 10:11 am

Woohoo!! I would kill to have a room with windows on 3 sides – your family is going to LIVE in there! Great job, it’s beautiful. :)

Jocelyn January 11, 2011 at 10:13 am

Your new sunroom looks GREAT! And what a great way to entertain people. When we moved into our new home this past summer, it was our plan to have people over during the holidays, because we finally had some room. Enjoy your new space.

black eyed susans kitchen January 11, 2011 at 10:13 am

Julia, The room is beautiful, and I will bet that it added a lot of value to the house as well. Living with what you have for decorating is the best idea…you may find furniture in other rooms of the house that you like better in the sunroom. You could also paint the wicker and other chairs to match one another. It is so nice to see the project done…we are in the midst of a bathroom redo upstairs that started as a leak in the shower, became a total gut job in the room and then involved a bedroom which is now going to be a second master suite. It involved moving everyone who had a bedroom upstairs to bedrooms downstairs and of course, we started this project in the beginning of December. I am holding tight to the thought that we may be finished with this one day.
.-= black eyed susans kitchen´s last blog ..TO SELL OR NOT TO SELLITS NOT THAT HARD TO DECIDE! =-.

Kim January 11, 2011 at 10:24 am

Julia, it looks great. I know what a big job that was. We went through the same thing when we added our sunroom on a few years ago. I first stuck the typical wicker furniture in and then the seats were not very comfortable and I realized it could be decorated like a normal family room so I purchased the Potter Barn basic slipcovered sofa and love it. Very comfortable and I have two slips if I want to switch colors. Was a bit of an investment, but very well made and will last forever probably. I ordered the new slip off ebay. Much better prices that PB. Isn’t it nice having that bright sunny space. You will really enjoy it in warmer weather. Would love for you to share this at my makeover party that goes up tonight.
.-= Kim´s last blog ..New Look In the Foyer =-.

The English Organizer January 11, 2011 at 10:32 am

Beautiful, congratulations! A room filled with light is such a wonderful mood booster, at any time of year.
.-= The English Organizer´s last blog ..Vertical is Visible =-.

Melanie {The Tiny Tudor} January 11, 2011 at 10:40 am

So pretty and bright! Glad you get to enjoy your new space. You did such a nice job making it look like an extension of your home.
.-= Melanie {The Tiny Tudor}´s last blog ..Jack Vettriano =-.

Erin Branscom January 11, 2011 at 10:40 am

Very pretty!!! I love sun rooms!!
.-= Erin Branscom´s last blog ..Live with less =-.

Amanda- Hip House Girl January 11, 2011 at 10:42 am

It looks fantastic Julia! It really does look like it was there all along. I love your red brick. And the old furniture looks great!
.-= Amanda- Hip House Girl´s last blog ..Lotsa cabinets =-.

Illinois Kathy January 11, 2011 at 10:51 am

What an awesome sunroom! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it year round. I’m seeing light blue, and light green in there for the future. A coastal, sea glass theme that ties in some natural wood tones. Your sunroom inspires me to finish our new patio/fireplace project, as soon as the snow melts.

Lisa January 11, 2011 at 10:56 am


I knew it would be so perfect when you got done. You KNOWWWWW this site is so popular, I bet some furniture company might just say, Hey Hooked on Houses, we’d looooove to furnish your place for a little extra EXPOSURE and a nice post about our site….and your new sunporch furniture….you never know!
Just saying……
.-= Lisa´s last blog heart doth go pitter patter =-.

Amy Button January 11, 2011 at 11:01 am

I just love it! I’m so happy for you. I think you’ve done great already with the things you have. I think I’d put something out there that you could sleep on as well as sit on. It would make for some lovely afternoon naps :)
.-= Amy Button´s last blog ..The Weekend in Review =-.

Lisa January 11, 2011 at 11:01 am

Check out the local auction houses in your area. You can find some great new furniture as well as vintage pieces for pennies on the dollar. Make sure it’s a auction house that doesn’t own the stuff it’s auctioning off, they have to sell at a higher price.

Pat January 11, 2011 at 11:01 am

Takes my breath’s so perfect! One problem if it were mine…it might cause a severe case of day dreaming!
I think it looks lovely just as it is, but like you, my mind would be in over-time with decorating ideas. I like too many styles and it’s hard to narrow it down. I like the twiggy, rustic look, the beach look, the New England look, the French country look, LORD! I would have a problem!! Most of all, you have a lovely space in which to dream!
Lily is aways so wise!
.-= Pat´s last blog ..Classes for Women at THE ADULT LEARNING CENTER =-.

Joanie January 11, 2011 at 11:02 am

Oh, Julia! I love the new sunroom! I will definitely be sending a link to my husband to inspire him. I have been dreaming of a sunroom for some time now. Just think how wonderful it will be to have a room like that in the summer.

Thanks for sharing!
.-= Joanie´s last blog ..mondays workout =-.

Donna Johnson January 11, 2011 at 11:02 am

Your sunroom is beautiful. Do you have consignment shops/used furniture stores around. We have so many here in North Carolina and the furniture is gently used and there is an incredible variety. I’m amazed at how much wicker, outdoor furniture there usually have in their inventory throughout the year. Don’t pay full price until you check these out. You will save a ton of money and have your room finished earlier! I would definately have an upholstered sofa! Wicker sofas are pretty, but not fun to nap on! :) Remember to use colors from nature and consistent with your home decor. You want it to be an extension of your home and flow with the room that is attached. Remember, use something black to anchor the room, red to warm it, and the rest is up to your imagination!! Blessings to you and your family in your new space!

beth January 11, 2011 at 11:10 am

Oh, my GOODNESS!! Julia! I absolutely LOVE your new sunroom. It’s so beautiful! I think I would sit out there all the time. Actually, I know I would. :)
Hope you have a wonderful day!
.-= beth´s last blog ..First Project of 2011- Finishing up our Board and Batten Wainscoting =-.

Shelia January 11, 2011 at 11:21 am

Hi Julia! Oh, my goodness! I love your new sunroom! How exciting that you were able to celebrate Christmas with your family in there. I think your rooms looks wonderful. Now, can I come over and go through your stash of stuff you think you don’t want!! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia 😉
.-= Shelia´s last blog ..One Dollar Each =-.

Nichole January 11, 2011 at 11:24 am

Yeah!!!! I’m so excited for you. It looks amazing! And now you can take your time to find the exact right pieces for the room. Sometimes it’s better that way.

PS giveaway on my blog today for an Amazon gift card!
.-= Nichole´s last blog ..Fat Tuesday Vol II =-.

Heather January 11, 2011 at 11:36 am

congratulations! It’s really beautiful, and such a great view of the snow!

Cindy January 11, 2011 at 11:38 am

The sunroom turned out amazing! You get extra points for making it perfectly match the rest of the house. May you enjoy it for many happy years. My guess is that you will probably decorate in beachy colors but it will look great however you do it because you’re good at that based upon pictures of the rest of your house. You have such good taste.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality January 11, 2011 at 11:43 am

Oh, Julia! It’s beautiful and so cozy looking. Even with your hand me down furniture & stuff, it looks great. I know you are going to SO enjoy this space with your family. It will be fun making it your own. you could always shop vintage & 2nd hand & make it look really cute too.l

Are you going to Blissdom at all this year? I wish you were, some of us are going & just hanging out,not going to the conference.
.-= Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality´s last blog ..Fashion- High Maintenance or Low =-.

Alycia January 11, 2011 at 11:48 am

Wow! Even with your “cast offs”, the room looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing it :)
.-= Alycia´s last blog ..IE Home Decor Love Nest =-.

desiree January 11, 2011 at 11:51 am

Great Job! I’m sure you will enjoy it for many many years with your family. I love that it feels like a vacation—just what home should be!

Spring January 11, 2011 at 11:57 am

I like the white wicker furniture. :)

The sun porch looks amazing and I’m still in awe that it was finished just in the nick of time.

Emily@remodelingthislife January 11, 2011 at 11:58 am

It’s beautiful!!!

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top January 11, 2011 at 11:59 am

Well, it looks pretty darn good for being put together in 24 hours! :) I love it! It’s beautiful! And I am jealous. 😉
.-= Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top´s last blog ..Awakening!!!! =-.

Debra January 11, 2011 at 12:21 pm

It’s a great space and you will enjoy it so much! I can totally relate as to how the $$ skyrockets….the same thing happened to us when we did our patio. Your wicker looks great, even if it’s not what you really want. I love how you can sit there and enjoy the outdoors while being warm and cozy!
.-= Debra´s last blog ..Chicken with creamy mustard sauce =-.

Stephanie Sorensen January 11, 2011 at 12:26 pm

It looks great, you should be proud! I especially like the windows. The only suggestion I could come up with as far as decorating would be to maybe add some light sheers to the windows, so you still get all that beautiful natural light. I would also add a soft area rug, especially for the colder months, and for a pop of color. Lastly with all that light I would add some nice plants. Maybe a few hanging ferns, and some small trees to make a true vacation room:)!

hookedonhouses January 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm

We definitely need a couple of big rugs out there–one for the seating area and one for the eating area. The tile floor is COLD on days like this, even with the insulation and the heat. Brrr.

Stephanie Sorensen January 12, 2011 at 12:24 am

Good luck “warming” up your new room! I was also thinking a few warm throws in your seating area might be a must right now:)!

hookedonhouses January 12, 2011 at 11:43 am

I’ve got one out there but really need more. Everyone wants one! :-)

Cheri@IHeartOldHouses January 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Congratulations, it’s beautiful! I bet it’s so cozy when the snow is falling outside…a perfect place to curl up and read a book or work on a laptop. If I had a room like that in my house, I don’t think I’d ever leave it!
.-= Cheri@IHeartOldHouses´s last blog ..Virtual Tour- Ocean View =-.

Vicki January 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Stunning! I do love sunrooms!

Emily A. Clark January 11, 2011 at 12:53 pm

What a wonderful place to hang out! I know you and your family will love using it.
.-= Emily A. Clark´s last blog ..Using Household Items to Stay Organized =-.

Kate January 11, 2011 at 12:59 pm

BEAUTIFUL! I love the simplicity you’ve given it, the plain colours make it appear very fresh and airy. I’d suggest and blue and white look similar to the one in ‘Something’s gotta give’ – we all know how much you love that house.

Sally January 11, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Julia – it’s beautiful! The wicker furniture looks great out there. Even though you want to get new furniture, I’m glad that you could have enough to make do for now, so that you can enjoy the sunroom. Here’s to sunny days!
.-= Sally´s last blog ..Turns Out I Have An Opinion! =-.

Rachel January 11, 2011 at 1:09 pm

How exciting! It looks beautiful!~ We are talking about some “remodling” and “addition” things as well. Maybe a large family room/den is on our horizon, but I must say that these photos are making me lean toward a sunroom!

Destiny January 11, 2011 at 1:24 pm

It’s lovely and I love that the picture shows two very content girls enjoying it!

I think you are wise to think a little bit about your choices for furniture and decorating. If you had the funds to purchase things now you wouldn’t take the time to really think/plan it through. This way you will and it will be absolutely perfect. “Sometimes blessings come in the disguise of disaster…”

petra voegtle January 11, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Happy mother and happy daughter – doesn’t this say it all?
Julia, your sunroom is lovely and provides everything for completeting the dream. And now you have enough time to do the rest in peace and without stress.
Warm greetings, Petra
.-= petra voegtle´s last blog ..Romance pure and a chinoiserie Wallpaper =-.

Julianne January 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Congratulations, it looks fabulous! All those huge windows = beautiful.

As far as no money left for furniture…I think what you have in there is good enough! Really. Maybe if you find yourself spending lots of time out there you could invest in a nice chair and/or couch when it goes on sale someday, but it really does look “finished” right now.

Great job!

Bre January 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm

I saw the title of your post and I got so excited for the big reveal! It’s fantastic! I love how bright and open it is, and I love the festive little re-purposed touches you and your husband added for the holidays. The picture of you and Lily is so adorable! I’m glad you and your family have a new vacation home 😉
.-= Bre´s last blog ..Beauty Resolutions =-.

cbean January 11, 2011 at 2:17 pm

It’s very lovely, Julia. I hope you and your family enjoy it for many, many years to come.

Being of a practical bent, (although you mentioned insulation) I am curious how the room is heated. I did not see any heat vents.

hookedonhouses January 11, 2011 at 2:25 pm

There’s a heat and A/C unit in the wall, so it’s heated and cooled separately from the rest of the house. We only turn it on when we’re out there. -Julia

Julie McNeil January 11, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Looks great! I’ve always loved sunrooms, even though I’ve never had one, lol. Enjoy her vacation room 😉
.-= Julie McNeil´s last blog ..Snow Day 2 =-.

Ranell Morris January 11, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Love your sunroom!!! So happy for you. Hope you have many wonderful days to enjoy there.

Amanda @ Serenity Now January 11, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Hurray!!!! I just looove all those great big windows, Julia. The sunroom looks wonderful, and the most important thing was that you all were able to enjoy it together. :) The furniture will come!
.-= Amanda @ Serenity Now´s last blog ..Getting Organized 2011 =-.

Kim January 11, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Beautiful sunroom Julia! You did such a wonderful job. I love the view and those wrap around windows. Enjoy your sunroom! If I had one, I would be out there alot.

pk @ Room Remix January 11, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I love Lily’s comment, and that’s such a cute photo of the two of you. The sunporch turned out so great! It is amazing how the $’s on those types of projects always tend to end up being more than you anticipated, isn’t it? So worth it in this case though. Now you can sit in your cozy sunroom and put together your inspiration and ideas on how you want to furnish it. :-)
.-= pk @ Room Remix´s last blog ..TV Gallery Walls – Part 2 =-.

Deb in Oz January 11, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Love it! Makes a great addition to your home and you’ll never be sorry you’ve built it. Also love the snow vista. All we have here in Queensland here at the moment is floodwater.

Kristin January 11, 2011 at 3:41 pm

It looks gorgeous, Julia!!! What a beautiful picture of you two also! Have a lovely day!

Kristin xo
.-= Kristin´s last blog ..Pink birthday party =-.

kthnxbye January 11, 2011 at 4:09 pm

It looks *really* lovely. Even better than I’d imagined from the sketches. And I’m very impressed that you did it in less than 2 months (not counting the planning), with a busy family that’s something to be proud of!

Nancy Hood January 11, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Oh, I love it!! and you have snow!! I think you pulled it together very nicely, girl! Happy New Year :)
.-= Nancy Hood´s last blog ..College Football History! =-.

Dawn January 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Beautiful! Congratulations! How wonderful to have it finished in time for your family Christmas gathering!

The furniture and decorations will continue to evolve and change as time goes along and you’re off to a great start. You have a beautiful retreat.

I’ve wanted a screen porch ever since I was about 9 or 10 and used to have dinners at a friend’s house on theirs. It was so peaceful and nice that I dreamed of having my own some day. When this house is paid off, we might get one … and I’m torn between getting a screen porch or a sun room. A sun room makes more sense since it’s year-round and adds to the value of the house by counting as square footage so I think you made a great choice even if it’s more expensive to build.

Congrats again!

Vicki @ In The Sandbox Comic Strip January 11, 2011 at 5:01 pm

GREAT JOB!! What a beautiful sunroom!! I love it! =)
.-= Vicki @ In The Sandbox Comic Strip´s last blog ..Cursive Writing =-.

Love Where You Live January 11, 2011 at 5:02 pm

My gosh, girl, you are on a roll! Every so often, I see a headline that indicates you’ve tackled another space of your own. You don’t let any grass grow under your feet, do you?! This is wonderful!! I bet you use it more than you ever could realize.
.-= Love Where You Live´s last blog ..Kitchens and Baths are In- According to Architect Tom Wilson =-.

Sharon January 11, 2011 at 5:25 pm

I love your extension and I especially love the costs and the windows are to die for ,it must cost so much more per sqm in Australia we did a 2 room rumpus/office extension 3 years ago and it cost us $120,000 aud which was about $200,000 usd no plumbing just electricity needed to be connected,yes I know what you are thinking we could have built a small house for that even in Australia ,but the cost for extensions here are much more expensive.
There are pictures in the following post:-
.-= Sharon´s last blog ..What a Difference 3 Years Makes =-.

anna see January 11, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Yay! I love it! THANKS for sharing your after w/ us!
.-= anna see´s last blog ..Hippy New Year =-.

grapevine93 January 11, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Think if you can stand to limp into Spring (allowing your purse some recovery too) so you could see how the light falls in your room with all the leaves on those shade trees vs. their stark winter look now, you might be happy you were patient & took your time. Meantime magazines & resale shops could create dreams & stimulate ideas. Enjoy your new room high! It will be long lasting! Congratulations!

cheryl January 11, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Wow…fabulous! Your sunroom is so beautiful. I know you will do so much “living” in there. Happy New Year! Thanks for the gift all year of your blog. I get so much enjoyment from it.


Erin January 11, 2011 at 6:06 pm

It looks wonderful! Just think, for less than the price of a new car, you have something that your family will enjoy for years (even better: no depreciation, but a bump in your home value)! Looks like money very well spent! Enjoy!

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints January 11, 2011 at 6:11 pm

gorgeous!!! so happy for you:)
.-= Becky @ Farmgirl Paints´s last blog ..making it click =-.

mary kay andrews January 11, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Julia, hop in the car and come down to Atlanta for a weekend of junking with me. We can whip that bad boy into shape in no time flat!

hookedonhouses January 11, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Sounds like fun! :)

John March 28, 2011 at 2:55 pm

how big are the windows in your Sunroom, Julia?

hookedonhouses March 28, 2011 at 4:30 pm

They’re 58″ x 58″. -Julia

Kristen @ JoyfullyThriving January 11, 2011 at 7:07 pm

I’m so excited for you all, Julia! How nice that you can finally vacation at your own home! :-) It will be a great place to snuggle up on a snow day, too!
.-= Kristen @ JoyfullyThriving´s last blog ..Company Contacts Challenge =-.

Holley January 11, 2011 at 7:38 pm

That is beautiful! I know you will really enjoy it. Now I have addition envy!
.-= Holley´s last blog ..Good Heavens! =-.

Desiree @ chic coastal living January 11, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Julia! I love it! So much fun to see it come alive! Enjoy every minute of it! How nice to be able to see the snow fall!
.-= Desiree @ chic coastal living´s last blog ..Chic Bloggers and Their Coastal Kitchens Series 2011 =-.

linda @ Lime in the coconut January 11, 2011 at 8:02 pm


Spine tingling gorgeous!

ANY furniture will work beautifully!
.-= linda @ Lime in the coconut´s last blog ..A little vacation in our little town… =-.

E. George January 11, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Hi Julia now that was worth waiting for – beautiful. I love everything about your new sunroom including your emergency decor. For indoor plants how about something exotic like Orchids and furniture I like what you have in there already maybe with a fresh coat of paint perhaps in an antique white or a very soft green (note girl scared of strong colour) I like splashes of strong colours in throws and cushions. I know you will come up with something lovely. Thank you for sharing your family and your home with us. Regards Esther from Sydney.

Nancy B January 11, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Oh Julia,
I am hooked on your house now. I am so envious. How cozy to be in the warmth and be able to look out at the beautiful snow. Many, many,many happy years in your new room.

Dean January 11, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Congratulations! It’s looks great and like it’s always been there.

Right now, I really like the way the walls and furniture blend together to accentuate the views. You mentioned that some of the wicker is in bad shape, but what you’ve got here is a really nice template to start from. I think the space would look great with all white (wicker) furniture (paint the rocking chair white as well) and spice it up with color in the pillows and seat cushions etc. and floor covering(s). Whatever you decide to do, I know it’ll look great…

Allison January 11, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Hey Julia- Love the new porch! It really looks wonderful. You have a great start on furniture, but when the time comes and you do start looking for some new pieces, I have a couple suggestions. Definitely a sectional possibly, something you could curl up on and hang out with friends and family. Possibly a chaise to read on. And for the windows, some natural, roman style shades may be nice. That would warm it up some! Great job again and Happy New Year! Love your blog!

hookedonhouses January 12, 2011 at 11:45 am

I like the idea of a comfy sectional and a chaise. It would make it easier to take naps! :-)

We do need shades on the windows, too, as soon as we can afford them. It gets pretty sunny at certain times of the day.

Karen T. January 11, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Lovely room! Since I believe you say your room is insulated, then you will want to spend more time out there than if it was merely a seasonal room. With that said, I don’t know how comfortable your current wicker furniture is for long-term sitting & lounging. I would use “real” furniture for your big, basic piece(s) (such as an Ikea slipcovered sofa with an extra slip(s) to change seasonally). You could add a couple of the more substantial grey wicker chairs with cushions that are so popular now (checkout Cost Plus World Market). Then you might add a seagrass rug. A metal/iron table for family meals or playing games (with chairs of your choice) would be nice if space allows. Like others have said previously, you do need plants. A “coffee” table (or ottoman) & one or two side tables on which to set down a beverage and on which to put a few “coffee table books” (about houses, of course), lamps, a few choice accessories, and you’re done! Oh yes, keep the birdhouse by the door; it’s so cute & charming.

Karen T.

Marie January 11, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Julia, I think it’s fabulous just the way it is. I wouldn’t change a thing. Just enough vintage furniture to feel comfy, but not overly cluttered or too cutesy-cutesy. Just perfect!

Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea January 11, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Wow – it turned out wonderfully! Well done. I’m sure that your family will create many, many lovely memories in such a lovely space.
.-= Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea´s last blog ..Interior Design You can Count on this Trend =-.

Liz January 11, 2011 at 11:53 pm

I love how it turned out. I know how great it must have felt to finally have it done and to use it! You did a great job of pulling it together for the holiday gathering! Perhaps having some extra time to think about what you would like for furniture is the best thing! Why don’t you use that part of the deck that is left as a first level, remove the railing and then make a step down to another larger level…kind of a terraced affect! I think that would look grand! I’m not sure which color I would use inside but Seems like a light color would be good so you aren’t competing with the view of the outdoors. Congratulations on getting it done!
.-= Liz´s last blog ..Favorites of Christmas =-.

Nathan January 12, 2011 at 4:15 am

I’m undecided how I feel about the flooring. I know your reasoning for your choice and I look at it and like it, and then the next picture I’m unsure again. Haha. Regardless, congratulations on a finally finished project!!

hookedonhouses January 12, 2011 at 9:47 am

I’m not crazy about it, either, to tell you the truth. I’m not much of a tile-floor kind of girl, and it turned out much more beige than I expected (it’s supposed to be gray and is even called “Grey Stone.”) I’ll be looking for some rugs, for sure!

What do you think we should have gone with? I would have loved hardwoods, but the fluctuations in temps out there–not to mention the costs–ruled it out. Sigh.

Mamadocmel January 12, 2011 at 7:19 am

Love it….but you should paint your brick to match your siding…both inside and out.

hookedonhouses January 12, 2011 at 9:49 am

Oh, no, I love my red brick. Don’t think I could paint it! It’s so white in there that I like the contrast and warmth of it. -Julia

hookedonhouses January 12, 2011 at 11:51 am

Oh, wait, you mean paint the whole house? Maybe someday! A neighbor down the street has all-white brick and I love it.

Maureen January 12, 2011 at 7:38 am

It’s beautiful! A place your family will enjoy for years! I love it.
.-= Maureen´s last blog ..field trip =-.

Manderley January 12, 2011 at 8:06 am

Ohhhhh it’s beautiful!!!!!! I love it!!!
how I envy you! hahaha

.-= Manderley´s last blog ..Roscón de Reyes ¡qué original! =-.

Lauren @ Meet My Ugly Baby January 12, 2011 at 8:37 am

Congrats on a big finish! So when does the sun come out to melt the snow in Ohio??
.-= Lauren @ Meet My Ugly Baby´s last blog ..25 blank- boring balconies- why =-.

mwg January 12, 2011 at 9:58 am

Looks gorgeous Julia — just as a sunroom should look! In fact, it looks like it has always been on your house — a real compliment, as I hate it when additions look like additions. I even really like what you pulled together from your basement — at least you have furnishings that look good and ones you can use while you take your time to live in the room and decide how you want to furnish it eventually…. I am curious about your heat — I see snow outside so I am assuming the room is heated, but I didn’t see any floor vents or baseboard heating or radiators in your photos — did you end up heating the floor? Very nice job — it looks beautiful!!!! ENJOY!!!

hookedonhouses January 12, 2011 at 10:10 am

There’s a heat and A/C unit in the wall and it’s keeping us warm even on really cold days like today! -Julia

hookedonhouses January 12, 2011 at 10:11 am

Oh, and no, we didn’t get radiant heat flooring. The quote came in at over $5,000, so we couldn’t afford it.

Cori Heffernan January 12, 2011 at 10:27 am

Perfection worth every penny!

Craig January 12, 2011 at 11:22 am

I am all for restoration which is very different from renovation or remodeling. Restoration is when you restore the house back to its original beauty. When you used old house parts and hardware. Not when you make an old house look new. Very sad to see old houses being stripped of its originality and unique characteristics. Can’t be duplicated today. Siding an old house is wrong. It covers up the unique designs that make a house historic.

hookedonhouses January 12, 2011 at 11:54 am

I agree with what you’re saying, but I’m not sure why you’re saying it on this post. My house isn’t old at all (7 yrs), so I wasn’t stripping anything from it. The siding is original, not an addition.

aubrey January 12, 2011 at 3:13 pm

that looks awesome. i like your view too–it looks like it fells like you’re out in the trees. i think you decorated well using what you had. i could live with that stuff for awhile. :)
.-= aubrey´s last blog ..Its beginning to smell less like Christmas =-.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy January 12, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Wow. I love it!
.-= Juju at Tales of Whimsy´s last blog ..So Not Tuesday Teaser- Medicine =-.

Beth@A2Z January 13, 2011 at 12:34 am

It’s absolutely heavenly! I grew up in a house with a sunroom and dream of one day having one of my own! It’s so fantastic to get “outdoors” while still being in. What a fun space to decorate and you did a fab job in only 24hrs! Thanks for sharing it with us!
.-= Beth@A2Z´s last blog ..Mudroom Inspiration =-.

Maria January 13, 2011 at 12:46 am

Congratulations on completion!!! Looks fab I must say.

I have a sunroom too so a bit of advise: be mindful when buying items things will fade from the sun depending on your windows. Also as someone else mentioned a sofa that also has a slipcover would help with this, plus give you a summer/winter look. Never ever regret the insulation – trust me on this. I’m in N CA and with almost all glass unless we get a crowd in there…brrrrr and in summer: hot!

Enjoy – I see smart cocktails and iced tea in the solarium in your future!

Jan's camera January 13, 2011 at 1:50 pm

This room is beautiful. I love all the windows. It truly brings the outside indoors.

Richella January 14, 2011 at 10:51 am

I’m so happy for you, Julia! I know how you feel about not having money left over for furniture–that’s happened to me more than once. But you’ll have lots of fun decorating this room with what you have and what you can find at thrift stores, etc. It’ll be much more interesting that way, anyhow! Congratulations!!
.-= Richella´s last blog ..Dear Lord- forgive me =-.

Antoinette Scognamiglio January 14, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Your sunroom is absolutely beautiful! I adore the huge almost floor to ceiling windows! You’re going to get so much enjoyment from it, Julia. We bought our house in 2005 and the sunroom was a complete disaster, never used, termite infested, awful – awful – awful. I just renovated & furnished it this past Spring and it’s my RETREAT. Word in the house is, if her car’s in the driveway and she doesn’t answer when you call, check the sunroom…she’s there. :) The advice re findings from garage sales & thrift shop is so right on. You’ll fill that space with beautiful items bit by bit. Enjoy your sacred place!

Sheila Krehbiel January 16, 2011 at 10:05 am

Oh, Julia! It’s simply lovely. What a terrific way to enjoy that wonderful wooded backyard — windows to the world. And yes, it must be just like taking a mini vacation every time you step inside. LOVE it! I like Mia’s Pearls’ suggestion for decorating. I’m partial to all-white (or neutral), comfy furniture and changing out the decor to fit the season — the decor adds the colors of the season and your whims. But I know that whatever you choose will be fab. Seriously. Nice work!
.-= Sheila Krehbiel´s last blog ..Writer’s tool- MoreWordscom =-.

angela | the painted house January 19, 2011 at 9:28 pm

I don’t know how I missed this post!!!! The room turned out GREAT! I know you will have so many wonderful moments in there in all seasons. I look forward to seeing how you furnish it. :)
.-= angela | the painted house´s last blog ..Dreaming of San Miguel de Allende =-.

Susan February 17, 2011 at 9:42 am

Julia, I’m sooo glad you linked to this post because I had missed it and was wondering if your sunroom was finished. Delays are maddening aren’t they…I’ve gone through that with renovations and you are just so eager to get it done. It turned out absolutely perfect! I can just imagine how wonderful it must have been to be inside while it snowed all around…awesome! I was just reading at old post over at Mrs. Blandings the other night and she mentioned it felt like being inside a snow globe…I love that analogy. :) I love what Lily said…children can be so wise. Now you can go on vacation every day, instead of a few days a year. :) You will have so much fun finding just the right pieces for it this spring…although I think it looks great now! Sunny days are coming! Yipee! :)

Marni Nelson March 3, 2011 at 12:09 pm

So.. I am just as hooked on landscaping blogs as I am your blog. And I learned a couple of things from‘s blog. Restful lines for restful places.
if you look under the tag proverbial decks… she does a beautiful makeover on a deck that looks similar to yours… and when I looked at your sunroom, I thought how great it would be with lots of horizontal lines in the furniture, tables and decor.
I loved that you used everything you had til you are able to make it the way you want .

Joanna June 14, 2011 at 5:23 am

The room is great, you may want to add some different lighting fixtures to give the room a cozier feel especially at night.

Alison May 24, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Love your sunroom. Can you tell me the dimensions of the windows and knee wall. Thank you.

Pamela July 23, 2013 at 9:57 am

Thank you for including a cost amount in your post. We are thinking of adding a sunroom, and it is helpful to have an idea of the costs we might be looking at. I agree that you will never regret going over budget on this one. It’s beautiful!

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