Help me turn my ugly sunroom into something less hideous!
June 21, 2010 6:04 AM Subscribe
i want to fix up the sunroom in my house and I need a little guidance, as this is beyond some of the other home repair stuff we've done.
posted by katers890 to home & garden (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Basically, I have a little sunroom with windows all around, a crappy, crappy, sagging ceiling, and ugly, crappy, fake grass carpeting over a normal deck/porch flooring. What we really want to do is replace the flooring with something better (but not super fancy/expensive) and take out the ceiling, and have the space open to up to the roof, with a nice ceiling fan to cool everything off. The sunroom has it''s own roof (picture a mini house roof that comes to a point in the center of the room. We've pulled off one panel of the crappy drywall ceiling and found that it's a fully framed out roof with horizontal cross pieces (ie. the bottom of a triangle formed with the two diagonals of the roof) that run across the entirety of the room. Can we take some of those out, and how do we determine which of those are necessary to maintain the structure of the roof? Secondly, we obviously need something up on the ceiling... I guess we could put drywall across the support beams going up, which would allow us somewhere to hide the cables for the electricity, but I do think there's something a little cool about the beams being exposed (just not the plywood and nails from the roof).
As far as the flooring goes, it was suggest to me to just lay down a thin layer of styrofoam for insulation (the sunroom is on the 2nd floor (it's a split level house) with a outdoor storage area underneath) then just plywood sheeting and then whatever flooring choice we pick on top of that. Does that sound good? That will make a little step down between the sunroom and outside porch and mean that the door will be lower than the floor, but the door opens out anyways, so how necessary is that to fix?
Finally, with it being all windows, is it a bad idea to replace the crappy plasticy window sills on the inside with actual wood ones?
I'm looking for any advice/books to read/websites to peruse that may help us. We are generally fairly handy people who have done a bunch of work on the house ourselves (and thanks to my parents, my husband has experience drywalling a ceiling), but we just aren't quite sure all the steps we need to take here. Thanks!