|The Sun Room before we moved in, May 2009|
|My Studio, June 2009|
When we began our ongoing repair and remodeling projects we needed a place to store everything from whatever room we are working on. This 9.5' by 20' room became that place, except for setting up a small office space for the computer at the far end, near the front of the house.
When we started on the front porch I needed to dig out the new front door from that room. As I was moving boxes out of the way I had a sudden "why didn't I think of this before" moment. It occurred to me that I could swap my office with storage space. So .......
|My "new" office. View from the living room looks a|
zillion times better than the piles of boxes and stuff.
|I created a wall with bookshelves and boxes. The quilt|
insulates & gives access to the storage part in the front.
|Curtain fabric came from my stash. Carpet was|
a remnant from carpeting the master bedroom.
|Gardening and homesteading books readily accessible|
With nine large old windows and no insulation, this room has been a sweatbox in summer and an icebox in winter. This new arrangement is not only more convenient, but now I get the benefit of heat coming from the wood stove in the living room. The curtains help in blocking the cold seeping through the windows. The only thing I had to buy for this remodel was the little throw rug in the doorway.
The room itself is pretty much last on the house project list. I haven't wanted to think about it because it seems there's nothing for it except tearing the whole thing down and rebuilding from the foundation up, including the foundation. Dan recently proposed a brilliant idea which would serve a double purpose - rather than rebuilding the room, add a lean-to sunroom / greenhouse along the length of the room on the outside. It would insulate and solar heat the room without having to replace all those old windows, plus give a greenhouse the benefit of warmth from the house. Considering that we have more projects than time and money, however, I'm guessing we'll get to this one somewhere around 2035. That's assuming we live that long and the zombies don't take over first.