Sunrooms, Outdoor Rooms

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“People want to feel connected to the world around them even while they’re indoors,” says Christine Marvin of Marvin Windows and Doors. “More people want to spend their time outdoors, or at least feeling connected to what’s outside their walls,” she says.
While screened porches remain popular, allowing outdoor living with barriers to the weather and bugs, homeowners today often opt for three- to four-season sunrooms. Sunrooms not only bring the outdoors in but are a space that can be lived-in all year.

 

 

 

Jonathan Miller Architecture and Design

Jonathan Miller Architecture and Design

Reporting that people want to make as much use of the outdoor space as possible, Emily Yoakum of Jonathan Miller Architecture and Design says, “We try to incorporate a screened area or glassed area that can be used during cold months or in periods of inclement weather. The flexibility of having multiple spaces allows much greater use.” The company has created conservatories, spaces for entertaining, spaces off a master bedroom, and more.” Generally, the spaces incorporate great views, sunlight, and fresh air.

 

 

 

Renaissance Stone Company

Renaissance Stone Company

Agreeing with the shift from a simple patio or screened-in porch to a true sunroom is Susan Butcher of Renaissance Stone Company. She says, “We are seeing homeowners shift from an open-air covered patio with kitchen and fireplace to more of four seasons outdoor space. Homeowners want complete walls that can be open and closed throughout the year.”

 

 

 

 

Van Mol Restoration

Van Mol Restoration

Mari-Kate Hopper of Van Mol Restoration says clients want these spaces to be a true extension of the home and add a fireplace that makes space a true three-season area for the entire family—and pets—to enjoy. “They want the feeling of being outdoors with the comfort of being indoors,” she says. The attraction of adding a sunroom to a home is having extra year-round living space with the feeling of being outdoors and not having to fight the outdoor elements. A screen or sunroom is often an anchor of a larger plan that may include an outdoor kitchen or water features.

 

 

 

Decorating Den Interiors

Decorating Den Interiors

“It’s the calming qualities of an outdoor room or sunroom that attract people,” says Bohnne Jones of Decorating Den Interiors. Reporting that she sees mostly requests for porches or screen rooms. “Typical uses are al fresco dining, space for over-flow entertaining, evening cocktails, etc.,” Jones adds. “I’ve never heard anyone say they regret having added outdoor space.”

 

 

 

Mr. Enclosure Sunrooms

Today’s homeowner loves the feeling of being outside all the time, even in the cold, according to Darryl Myers of Mr. Enclosure Sunrooms. “We offer a variety of different glass and screen options and also offer remote-controlled louvered roofs.” The goal, as Myers says, is to make the room look and feel like it’s part of the original house. “Sunrooms offer homeowners a place to enjoy morning coffee and give family, friends, and guests a place to celebrate the holidays,” he says, reporting that most homeowners are purchasing year-round rooms that can be heated and cooled and counted as square footage, thus they are considered a better investment.

 

 

 

Scott Wilson Architect LLC

Mr. Enclosure Sunroom
Scott Wilson Architect

The trend is an affordable way of increasing value in a house, as well as fitting the overall general trend of moving living area outdoors. Myers recently completed a sunroom for his own home designed by Scott Wilson of Scott Wilson Architect, LLC, which received a 2017 Chrysalis Award. The Chrysalis Award goes to outstanding remodelers.
According to Wilson, space must function for the people that inhabit it. He suggests that before diving into an add-on or an update, “consider how you want to spend your time. What features do you want and how do you want to connect to the outdoors?” Ultimately, when it comes to design, family functionality is the priority.

Mr. Enclosure Sunroom
Scott Wilson Architect

“Many of our clients choose a building site because of the view, natural features such as woods, water access or manmade features such as golf courses. Outdoor living areas allow our clients to access and enjoy the unique features of their property more often,” Scott says.
The trend for these spaces has been increasing for several years. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) just released a survey of Architects that showed outdoor spaces as the most popular spaces for their clients in 2017, Scott reports. “Since these rooms are becoming more popular, people are spending more time in them and are willing to invest money to make them as comfortable and inviting as the rest of the house. We often design these rooms with sound systems, televisions, fireplaces, and outdoor kitchens,” he adds.

 

 

 

Marvin Windows

Marvin Window

Designing a sunroom, much like other areas of the home, revolves around the functionality of the family occupying the space. Marvin reports most homeowners design their sunroom around focal points, “an outdoor kitchen/dining area or an outdoor TV viewing area, outdoor wood burning fireplace or a fire pit.” The goal of this type of space is to give the family and friends a place to gather and connect with all the amenities of being indoors. Features include glass and screen options, remote controlled louvered roofs, retractable folding aluminum glass door systems that glides on a track, heated floors and fans, and standby features such as sound systems, televisions, fireplaces and outdoor kitchens.
In a world that’s fast-paced and where living and workspaces are merging, sunrooms and outdoor living spaces are serving as social or “recharge” rooms for clients, according to Marvin. “With natural light’s importance as a factor in our health, it isn’t a surprise to hear customers who have incorporated windows and doors in their room design share how they feel reenergized after using their new sunroom or outdoor living area.”

 

 

 

Mr. Enclosure Sunroom

Myers concludes, “All of our customers say ‘it is the room that everyone wants to sit in, it is the go-to room.’ They always say they regret not building their rooms sooner.”
—Starshield Lortie

There are a number of sources for sunrooms in the Nashville area including:

Architectural Visions, Inc.
Nashville
615/ 712-6498

Decorating Den Interiors

Nashville
615-469-7334

Jonathan Miller Architecture and Design
Knoxville
865/ 602-2435

Marvin Windows and Doors
Warroad MN
888/ 537-7828

Mr. Enclosure
Nashville
615/ 736-9626

Renaissance Stone Company
Nashville
615-297-9933

Scott Wilson Architect
Nashville
615/ 377-9131

Superior Custom Homes & Remodeling
Brentwood
615/ 224-9771

Van Mol Restoration
Nashville
615/ 457-2355

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