We were contacted by a client who saw us at the Whatcom County Home & Garden Show in Lynden a few years ago. We were featuring one of our favorite additions, an outdoor kitchen and living space (I’ll post that soon!), and our new client had remembered it. Luckily our name stuck as well! They’re interested in a new sunroom and deck. Sunrooms are a wonderful addition to almost any home. Because this home lies on the edge of a golf course, it will allow for beautiful views over the landscape.

When thinking of sunrooms, most people imagine huge additions with glass ceilings and countless windows. However, a sunroom can be as ornate or simple as you would like though, obviously, windows are the key ingredient. After all, the reason to build a sunroom is so you can look outside in all types of weather! That’s difficult to do if you have no windows (ahh, a little joke there). If you have a small budget, I would recommend framing some of your favorite views with good quality windows rather than choosing a full wall of lower quality windows. An inferior window will cost you in the long run in heating and cooling costs and will need to be replaced much sooner than a qualty window. Your contractor will have suggestions and should be able to help you keep the long term costs down by making smart decisions now.

We are still in the design phase for this project and are planning a simple but elegant sunroom addition. We have several schemes, one of which features a hip roof extension whereas a second features a gable roof extension. Three sliding glass doors are planned, all of which enter and exit on the proposed deck. The Milgard windows feature, of course, tempered glass (gotta watch those golf balls!). Our initial scheme included a decorative Catalina Estate Lattice used as railings but some design changes lowered the height of the deck, which means that railings are no longer necessary. This is going to be an interesting project. I’ll be sure to post finalized drawings once they’re complete.

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