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Cynthia McDaniel

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Brian Knight wrote:Cynthia, your plans are eerily familiar to my planned carport addition. Be very careful with your amount of west-facing glass. Use as little as possible, locate it higher on the wall and protect it with as big an overhang as possible. Sunrooms are crappy performers for the most part. What's your main intent? Plants or living space?



Both plants and living space. I'm looking for a place to entertain guests.

Because of local laws, I can't extend the footprint to the west. The house was built before the law requiring 12 feet between the structure (house) and the property line. Mine is only 11 feet (or 10 feet) if I recall correctly. Another house is another 11 feet from the property line to the west. Thus, the footprint can't be extended to the west with a overhang nor extensions on the concrete slab. I can hang insulating curtains to keep the heat from escaping at night and make the windows smaller. But it would be dark in there without at least two windows based on a similar house that I visited recently with very similar parameters (facing the same direction and the same style of house, less than 2 miles from my house). My parents also have a similar house with the same parameters. They have 3 foot windows on the south side and the west side but theirs is only about 15 feet long while the rest of the space is taken up with a utility room. The part that would be different (besides the size) is the use I hope to make of the concrete slab and the brick wall on the east side as thermal masses.

The only place I might be able to do something is on the south side where the concrete slab is above the ground. The north side connects to the driveway.

Does it matter what kind of material the tiles are? That is porcelain or not, glazed or not?

Cynthia
4 years ago
I live in N. VA in a 50 year old brick house with a carport on the west (short) side of a ranch house. It is 11 x 25 and has a 4 inch deep concrete floor. On the east side (25 foot wall) is a door to the kitchen and a brick wall. On the west side is a low (1 foot) brick wall with 2 foot high brick pillars around three 6" square support beams. We want to frame in the carport and make it a sunroom. I'm thinking of four 4-5 foot windows on the west side and patio french doors (8 foot wide) on the north side and 9 foot wide on the south walls.

I have 2 questions: (1) is there any way to insulate the concrete floor so that I don't loose heat in the winter? Or is the loss negligible?
(2) What is the best color and type of tile to use over the concrete floor to maximize the solar heat.

Thanks.
4 years ago