The Sunroom is My Favorite Room in the House
Ever ask a person what is their favorite room in the house? Many will likely respond: either their bedroom or the kitchen. Some might say the family room. Others might say the bathroom. My response would be: The sunroom is my favorite room in the house. I love sunrooms! Don’t you? Sunrooms allow you to enjoy the outside on the inside, without insects, wind and inclement weather.
Regarding the history of sunrooms, one source reports that the evolution of sunrooms began with screened–in porches.  But that source only went back to circa 1960, USA. No surprise there. During the 60s, as a young child, I often visited the home of my late aunt in Opa Locka, Florida. Her house had a screened-in porch. I could spend the entire day outside and still be inside. The screen offered excellent protection from flies and other pesky bugs; but the screen did not block out the brightness and warmth of the sun. Even if it started raining, I could still stay on the porch and be outside. It was great!
But sunrooms go back much farther than the 1960s. Another source, aimed at tracing the history of solar architecture, reports that the “idea” of a sunroom dates as far back as China, 6,000 B.C. The Chinese built their houses facing the south so that the sun would warm the interior. They still build that way in China, even today. Further tracing along the historical timeline led to archaeological evidence which indicated that in ancient Greece (500 B.C. – 100 B.C.) and ancient Rome (100 B.C. – 500 A.D.), private homes, bathhouses, and other buildings were specifically designed to harness the heat from the sun. In fact, it was the Romans who “discovered that transparent glass acted as a solar heat trap, keeping temperatures inside a room quite warm”. Want to know an even more fascinating fact? “By the sixth century A.D. sunrooms in houses and public buildings were so prevalent that the Justinian code created sun-rights to ensure individual access to the sun.” 
Nowadays builders or manufacturers build sunrooms to accomodate all four seasons: winter, spring, and summer and fall. I was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Many residences in South Florida have sunrooms. In Florida, sometimes a sunroom is called a “Florida room”. But homeowners all around the world, not just in Florida, have been more than happy to have sunrooms custom built to complement their home’s architecture.
Whether the home design is traditional or contemporary, the sunrooms can be built in a variety of styles, from Mediterranean-inspired to exotic Moroccan style. The Scandanavian style sunrooms seem to be enjoying a great deal of popularity. Various words have been used to describe this Nordic style such as minimalist and practical, elegant yet informal, simple and serene. There are also rustic style, gable style, solarium style, etc. But if you ask me, regardless of the style you choose, there are only three requirements that must be met in order to make the sunroom your favorite room in the house. Just tell the builder the room has to be cozy, comfortable, and sunny!
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