Sunrooms

Dreaming of a Sunroom

December 29, 2016
image of a sunroom roof

If you’re like me, there’s no better place to enjoy a quiet moment than in the sunshine. As a landscape architect, I spend a lot of my time thinking about how to provide places for people to enjoy the sunshine in an outdoor setting, but I also like to be able to experience that light when I’m indoors. So as I think about how to bring more light into my own home, I am dreaming of a sunroom, and I thought I’d share my research and daydreams with others who have a similar love for bringing nature indoors.

I learned a long time ago that there are threes qualities to an indoor space that make it pleasant to occupy, at least for me: light, height, and airiness. The particular architectural style doesn’t matter that much to me. I can be very happy in a house that’s ultra modern, eclectic, traditional, whatever. For me, the key is to have big windows, high ceilings and lots of natural light.  That makes a sunroom an ideal addition to my kind of home.

Do I have one at the moment? No, but I’m working on it.

image of interior of sunroom at Smith-McDowell House in Asheville, NC

The first sunroom I got to spend any amount of time in was at the Smith-McDowell House Museum in Asheville, NC. Let’s just say I was hooked. If anyone is looking for a museum to volunteer at, this is a great place to spend some time. It focuses on the local history of Asheville in the Victorian era when the house was built.

Would my own sunroom be filled with geraniums? Maybe not, but there will probably be one or two in there just for old-times sake (and a little color).

image of the exterior of the sunroom at Smith-McDowell House in Asheville, NCAnd you know, if you have to have a sunroom, why not attach it to a lovely old brick mansion? Seems like a smart decision to me. Or attach it to a mid-century rancher, or a townhouse, or a suburban split-level. Whatever floats your boat.

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