Build a sunroom into your log home design to bask in happy golden rays all year round.
Sunrooms are a natural fit in log homes. Log homes, by design, exude a sense of light and air, and sunrooms open up the home with lots of windows. A sunroom will usher in the outdoors, which the log structure itself expresses naturally.
When considering the inclusion of a sunroom, the top priority is to figure out where it goes. Sunrooms heat up faster than other rooms, so when and how the sun's rays flood the room affects your comfort and heating bill.
Most sunrooms feature a southern exposure that aids passive solar heating. They're also typically in the back of the house because that's where home owners are more likely to enjoy the features that first attracted them to their home site?a lake, woods, mountain view or big backyard.
Also, think about the location in proximity to nature itself. Building near shade trees, windbreaks and hills can help with the ever-present issues of energy efficiency and climate control.
Here are some other ideas to keep in mind when planning your sunroom:
The complete article appears in the 2006 July issue of Log Home Living.