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Catching Rays in 11 Golden Sunrooms

Are you thinking about adding a sunroom to your house? Or maybe you’re in the market for a new home, and a solarium or sunroom is on your wish list. Whether you're buying or building, three- or four-season sunrooms are attractive amenities that add living space and natural light to a home. Sunrooms can be constructed in a wide variety of sizes and shapes, and designed to suit almost any architectural style. Before investing in a sunroom addition, think about the size of your family and your home's location and site orientation. You'll also need to take into account your region's weather and how you plan on using the space. Are you envisioning family meals in a sun-filled room? Then consider a kitchen or dining room sunroom addition. Do you like the idea of relaxing in a hot tub with a glass of wine? Maybe you'll want to append a sunroom to a family or living room. If you're looking for ways to incorporate a sunroom into your floor plan, check out these light-filled space. Maybe you’ll be inspired to build your own sunny retreat—or find a home that already has one!

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Multifunctional Sunroom


This large sunroom provides ample space for the whole family to congregate—either on the corner sectional sofa or at the long harvest table. Soaring ceilings and large windows bring in loads of natural light in summer and winter, and let everyone enjoy the peaceful country location.

Cozy Kitchen Solarium Addition


If you love your home but want a bigger kitchen, consider extending it with a sunroom addition. This sun-dappled eat-in area overlooks the wooded backyard and makes the kitchen an inviting space the whole family will want to linger in long after meals are finished.

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Stone Farmhouse Sunroom Addition


This delightful sunroom addition to a stone farmhouse not only provides additional dining and entertaining areas but also captures views of the nearby pond. It’s a sunny, visually compelling space that visitors will be reluctant to leave. 

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Bright and Breezy All-Season Sunroom


High white walls, light tile flooring, and a neutral carpet create a bright sunroom for family members of all ages. Comfortable seating and lots of natural light make this the perfect place to curl up with a good book. Lowering the bamboo shades keeps the room cool on hot sunny days.

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Second Floor Sunroom


Who says a sunroom has to be on the main floor? This open and airy room makes occupants feel like they’re in a modern treehouse. Flooring laid on an angle adds interest while a glass door leads to an outdoor upper deck and stairs to the back garden.

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Elegant, Four-Season Music Room


With a slate tile floor, casual and comfortable upholstered chairs, and wall sconces set between mullioned casement windows, this elegant sunroom is the ideal setting for a black baby grand piano. We would love to lounge here, soaking up the sun and music, even in the dead of winter!

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Enlightened Porch Conversion


Adding windows and a new floor made this covered porch useable for at least three seasons, even when the weather is bad! The glass-topped patio tables promote an outdoor atmosphere, while pale green drapes, white walls, and expansive windows enhance the indoor-outdoor ambience.

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Lakeside Sunroom


This lakefront sunroom offers a comfortable, cozy spot for enjoying soothing water views. Situated on Lake Wentworth in New Hampshire, this sunny space blends into its wooded setting and provides a warm perch—even on less-than-balmy days—where visitors can take in the lake’s many moods.

Sun, Woods, and Warmth


The addition of a pretty woodstove in the corner brings warmth and charm to this bright sunroom with a sloped glass ceiling. Wicker and wrought iron furniture, as well as several houseplants, make this a pleasant spot for a quiet breakfast or a peaceful Sunday afternoon.

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Soaking in the Sun


A hot tub in this sunroom guarantees that you’ll want to spend as much time as you can out there! Glass-topped wrought-iron tables, a colorful rug, and greenery define the room’s casual feeling and create a lovely environment for watching the changing seasons.

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Studio-Style Sunroom


Are you an amateur artist looking for a light-drenched studio? This sunny, spacious room benefits from a ceiling fan that keeps things cool when the sun is out. Double doors lead to the backyard, while gleaming light oak floors make wiping up paint spills a breeze.

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