When my husband and I purchased our home almost five years ago, we bought a house in a field–no grass, trees, fences, gates, barns…nothing. The basement was just a concrete slab. Since then we’ve done all those things with the help of our kids.
When we toured the house, before buying it, we walked out on a very small deck and looked at each other and said–this will be one of the first things we change. Four and half years later, we finally got started.
Living through the cold Spokane winters, springs and falls, changed our dream even further. We started to imagine what life would be like with a sunroom–a place we could go during windy, rainy, snowy days and still experience our flowers and the outside. But it seemed like a very far off dream.
Luckily for us, that turned out not to be the case. My husband started to think it through and talk to others, and he realized he could do it himself…with the help of our sons–mostly his youngest, and to a smaller extent because of his other commitments, my youngest son…and YouTube.
Here are photos of the progression.
There’s still much more finish work to be done, but we’re almost there.
The conservatory project, sun room addition, is moving a long quickly and just in time for the bad weather that has moved in. Spokane is cold from October to June, what better place to have an indoor/outdoor room for my flowers.
The rest of our windows should arrive today via UPS. There are 9 of them. I’ve also ordered 4 antique windows from a 1904 home in Lower Michigan that will go across the front. I found them on eBay–my favorite site for all things hard to find.
I’m looking now for a used wood stove that has a glass front so I can heat the room during the winter with a real wood fire. Since this is an indoor/outdoor room, it will be very easy to bring one in and cut a hole for the vent before we add the siding.
I’ve been very surprised at how easy an addition like this is to do yourself. We also extended our deck which made it more expensive and time-consuming, but if we’d only done the sunroom, it would have been finished long ago. The requirements for a “porch” type addition like this are minimal. You do need to pour a foundation around it if you want to protect glass windows from being broken as the ground contracts with cold and heat, but that was relatively simple and fast. And, almost everything you need to know you can find on Youtube.
I highly recommend an addition like this for anyone who lives in a cold climate and wants to enjoy their garden year-round. The sky is the limit on how you can design it.