My Sunroom Is Finally Finished!

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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  1. says

    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

  2. says

    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.

  3. says

    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 =-.

  4. says

    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 =-.

  5. says

    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.

  6. says

    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 =-.

  7. Stacey Dishman says

    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 says

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

  8. bungalowbliss says

    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! :)

  9. says

    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.

  10. karin/ says

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

  11. Barbara says

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

  12. Cathryn says

    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 says

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

  13. Phyllis Briner says

    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 says

      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!

  14. says

    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 =-.

  15. Lene Pedersen says

    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 says

      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! :-)

  16. says

    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.

  17. says

    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! =-.

  18. says

    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 =-.

  19. Illinois Kathy says

    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.

  20. says


    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 =-.

  21. says

    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 =-.

  22. Lisa says

    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.

  23. says

    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 =-.

  24. says

    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 =-.

  25. Donna Johnson says

    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!

  26. says

    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 =-.

  27. says

    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 =-.

  28. Heather says

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

  29. Cindy says

    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.

  30. says

    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 =-.

  31. says

    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!

  32. Spring says

    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.

  33. says

    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 =-.

  34. Stephanie Sorensen says

    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 says

      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 says

        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 says

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

  35. says

    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 =-.

  36. says

    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.

  37. says

    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! =-.

  38. says

    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!

  39. Destiny says

    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…”

  40. says

    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 =-.

  41. Julianne says

    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!

  42. says

    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 =-.

  43. cbean says

    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 says

      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

  44. Ranell Morris says

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

  45. says

    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 =-.

  46. Kim says

    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.

  47. says

    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 =-.

  48. Deb in Oz says

    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.

  49. kthnxbye says

    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!

  50. Dawn says

    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!

  51. says

    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 =-.

  52. grapevine93 says

    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!

  53. cheryl says

    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.


  54. says

    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!

  55. says

    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!

  56. E. George says

    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.

  57. Nancy B says

    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.

  58. Dean says

    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…

  59. Allison says

    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 says

      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.

  60. Karen T. says

    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.

  61. Marie says

    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!

  62. says

    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 =-.

  63. Nathan says

    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 says

      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.

  64. Mamadocmel says

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

    • hookedonhouses says

      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 says

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

  65. mwg says

    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 says

      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 says

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

  66. Craig says

    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 says

      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.

  67. says

    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!
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  68. Maria says

    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!

  69. Jan's camera says

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

  70. says

    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 =-.

  71. says

    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!

  72. says

    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!
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  73. says

    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! :)

  74. Marni Nelson says

    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 .

  75. Joanna says

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

  76. Alison says

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

  77. Pamela says

    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!