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Enjoying the Holidays in a Sunroom

I’m from the great state of Maine and with it being the holidays, I often reminisce about the holiday season back home. The family, the friends, the laughs, it was great. On Christmas Eve, my large family and I would go over to my aunt’s house for lobster stew and a holiday gift swap. Oftentimes […]


These Forest Acres homeowners are making a grand entrance with their new entry sunroom addition!

In the realm of outdoor living structure design, there is literally no end to the creative placement and functional diversity we are able to design in order to fulfill a homeowners’ desires. Our most recent sunroom addition located in the Forest Acres community of Columbia, SC, is a great example of the  individualized benefits a custom  structure can […]

Arranging the Perfect At-Home Workspace

As Americans wrap up summer vacation season, many seek more effective work areas for returning students and adults alike. Help buyers weigh whether a listing offers suitable space for everyone to get down to business. SEPTEMBER 2015 | BY BARBARA BALLINGER Sarah Barnard design for home office. The telecommuting population is growing: Some 30 million […]

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75 Breezy Porches and Patios

I know the snow is falling in most of the country but Spring & warm weather is coming soon. Until it does, it’s time to dream & plan for those warm days ahead. Southern Living is ready to help you with these gorgeous porch & patio ideas. I know some many be beyond your financial reach but I enjoy working to find ways to recreate without the expense. Adopt, adapt & make it work for YOU! And, as always, Enjoy!

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How My Sunroom Helps Me Beat Seasonal Depression

I Am Setting in my Sunrroom right now. It is 5 above here in Iowa. The Sun is coming in. My Sunroom is a way to beat the winter Blues. Spring Come Soon!

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The sun, coming through my sunroom windows.

Thank goodness for the sun. Almost as magical as watching the snowfall is that of the brilliance, when the sun returns to make driving safe and to brighten spirits that had begun to succumb to the blueness of snow.

My Sunroom is more than a deorative nicety; it is my antidote for seasonal depression.


Research has scientifically affirmed the health benefits of gardening: and with every fiber of my being, I experience those benefits. Yet, what happens during winter–especially during Northern winters, which are both long and brutal?  For me, my sunroom and my activity in my sunroom help fill the void that occurs during winter, when I cannot get outside and garden.

I am an avid gardener.  You might say that I garden with a vengeance–a vengeance against the depression and the blahs that I experience when I am not gardening…

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How Plants Can Accessorize Your Sunroom | Sunrooms Southern New Jersey

How Plants Can Accessorize Your Sunroom

Posted on July 24, 2011 by sunr3121

By Mike Everett

People love sunrooms. It’s a fantastic way to extend your home’s living space. It’s also a great way to enjoy the out of doors without exposure to rain, sun and bugs. You can continue to bring more of the out of doors into your home by adding plants to your sunroom.

Plants add a nice element to any room in your home. They’re calming, beautiful and can help a room feel alive. Adding plants to your sunroom just feels natural. However, you probably don’t want to use the same outdoor planters and delicate indoor vases. Instead, you may want to use a planter that offers both durability and an indoor furniture appeal.

Wicker Planters and Plant Stands

Consider using wicker and rattan planters in your sunroom. Wicker and rattan are both durable. They’re also made from natural elements so they’ll fit nicely in your sunroom. They’ll look decorative without stealing the spotlight from your plants and other decorative accessories. Additionally, Wicker is a natural sunroom material because of its light nature and its ability to stand up to the sun’s rays.

Wicker planters are also versatile. You can buy them in just about any shape, size and color. For example, consider using hanging wicker baskets for the walls in your sunroom. They’ll support annual flowers or year round plants.

Wicker plant stands work quite well along the wall in your sunroom. Some stands support two plants stacked on top of each other. While others are rectangular and support a whole row of your favorite flowers, greenery or ferns. Ferns are actually great sunroom plants because they don’t require much maintenance and they look beautiful year around.

You can also get creative with your wicker planters. For example, a bicycle with wicker baskets at the front and back is a unique decorating item.

The Best Plants for Your Sunroom

When choosing plants for your sunroom consider their exposure. How much sun will they get? Is your sunroom heated in the winter time? Is it air conditioned in the summer time? IF you have a sunroom that has year round temperature control then you can choose to display just about any house plant you desire. Spider plants, the Peace Lily and the Golden Pothos are all very hearty plants that are great for beginners and experts alike. They’re also good for filtering your indoor air.

If you have a sunroom that is warm year around consider palms and bromeliads. Live in a desert area? Consider cactus and succulents.

And of course if you have an indoor/outdoor space you can plant annuals in your sunroom to bring the two spaces together.

Adding plants to your sunroom is simply a matter of examining your space and temperature. Choose the planters that fit the size and shape of your plants and your sunroom design. Consider wicker planters because they’re durable, versatile and add the perfect touch to any sunroom.

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The Basics of a Sunroom Addition | Sunrooms Southern New Jersey

The Basics of a Sunroom Addition

Posted on July 26, 2011 by sunr3121

By Yanni Giannaros

If you’re a homeowner going over ideas for a remodeling project, have you ever considered a sunroom addition?

Sunrooms are popular with homeowners for a number of different reasons. Not only do they add a relaxing, welcoming place to entertain guests but sunrooms are popular because they are known as a place where you can relax and spend some letting your body and mind recharge.

Think about this: You could spend a relaxing day in your sunroom, enjoying breakfast while you read a book under the morning sun. You could spend summer days entertaining friends over lunch, or having a relaxing dinner as the sun sets in the background.

Not only that, but your new glass sunroom would allow you to enjoy the outdoors not matter what the weather was like. If you’re the sort of person who enjoys rainstorms, having a sunroom attached to your house would let you sit and enjoy one without getting wet.

The versatility of a sunroom addition is another reason why it’s such a hit with many homeowners starting their own home improvement projects. It can not only be used for entertaining guests and relaxing on your own, but you can use it to exercise, create, play games or do anything else that allows you get away from the hassles of everyday life.

Because sunrooms are glass enclosures, they make use of the sun for both light and heat, leaving little need for the use of electricity during the day. Using materials that are especially energy efficient is a good way to maximize the enjoyment of the new addition to your home while keeping your utility bills down.

With these qualities in mind, it’s easy to see why so many homeowners like having sunrooms as a part of their homes but, like with many other home remodeling projects, there are things to keep in mind when you want to build a sunroom addition.

The one thing you have to consider with a sunroom is the cost, as this addition can be expensive depending on the materials used to build it as well as the labor.

Consider not only the type of sunroom, but the material of the walls and the type of glass used in the build as well.

When talking about specific types of sunrooms, you typically have:

* Screen Sunroom – This is perhaps the most economical type of sunroom that you can buy. The walls are made of mesh to allow air in, but not insects. The main drawback is that it can typically only be used during specific times of the year, particularly spring through fall.

* Seasonal Sunrooms – This type of sunroom addition is also typically meant to be enjoyed from the spring through the fall. Like screen sunrooms, these rooms are economical and not meant to be heated or air conditioned.

* Knee-wall Rooms – These rooms are popular because they are made up of walls that are windowsill height, at which point they continue into large glass windows.

* Conservatories and Solariums – These rooms are among the top tier as far as both cost and luxury are concerned. They are full insulated, built for heating and air conditioning and completely encased in glass. Keep in mind that they often need permits in order to be constructed.

The type of sunrooms mentioned run the gamut as far as build complexity and cost goes, so always consider what you can do within the confines of your budget before you commit to anything.

After all, not only does the style of the sunroom addition factor into the overall cost, but the materials do as well. You have to consider the type of glass, like single glaze vs. double glazed, for instance, when planning your sunroom.

You also have to figure out what kind of walls you want.

Some walls, like those made of aluminum, are strong and inexpensive, but not very good at insulating heat. Wood is another example of a material with both good traits and faults: It’s beautiful to look at, but requires much more attention to maintenance than most other building materials.

Are you interested in home remodeling or learning more about home additions in general? Starcom Design/Build has been helping home owners in Towson, Lutherville, Owings Mills, Columbia, and Ellicott City Maryland create the prefect bathroom remodel, sunroom addition, and custom kitchen cabinetry for over 20 years. Contact them today and get expert help with your next home remodeling project.

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Fantastic Iowa Built Sunrooms Promote Healthy Living

Installing one of our Sunny Four Seasons Sunrooms on your home can offer you the warmth of the sun year round in All Seasons. A Sunroom gives you outdoor access while offering you indoor comfort. Benefits of sunlight, are numerous. Exposing our bodies to the Sun boosts vitamin production. Vitamin D, helps Form our bodies absorb the calcium necessary to keep bones strong. In the winter months, many bodies can not keep up with the necessary vitamin D production. As a result, our bones suffer from diseases like osteoporosis.