Column: Converting screen porch into sunroom adds living space


EXISTING SCREENED PORCH: The owners of this home in the Lincolnshire addition on the west side of Carmel quickly ran out of space as their family grew. “The bigger our family grew the less room we had for seating. It always felt too crowded and dysfunctional.” So they set out to expand their kitchen by expanding into the adjacent screened-in-porch. Creating a cozy seating area just off the kitchen was the main goal of the project.

SALVAGING ROOF: Salvaging only the existing roof structure and windows, the existing siding, screens and interior wall between the kitchen and sunroom were removed. To support the cathedral ceiling, new structural beams were installed. After the completion of the structural prep work, framing was installed and the masonry for the fireplace and brick base was completed. To ensure the room stays warm during the colder months, fiberglass batt insulation was added to the ceiling, walls and floor.

EXTERIOR FINISH: Matching cedar siding was added to the walls of the sunroom and painted “Soft Yellow” to match the rest of the house. The three salvaged windows and three additional matching windows were placed around the perimeter of the room giving the space an abundant amount of natural light. Matching trim completed the exterior finish – making it appear as if the sunroom was originally built with the house.

INTERIOR FINISH: An extensive amount of trim work was incorporated into the design of the fireplace and interior walls. Adding coffered ceilings added an upgraded look while also adding architectural interest. The entire room was painted “Delicate White” and finished with oak hardwood floors which match up perfectly with the existing kitchen flooring.

FINAL RESULT: What was originally an underutilized screened porch is now a cozy dream space creating a better flow for the kitchen and surrounding rooms. “We couldn’t be any happier with our new sunroom addition. Of the entire space, we love the coffered ceiling the most. It really adds so much character and definition to the room.”

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