Some of the earliest known sunrooms were of Greek design, and these designs are still some of the most popular ones available. The Greeks loved open spaces, and their architecture embraced nature and tried to blend the construction itself into the surroundings, forming a harmony with the local environment.
Stand Alone Sunrooms
A sunroom does not have to be physically attached to the home. It may be either entirely separate, or joined to the main structure using a simple pergola. In many property designs, the combination of a Greek-style solarium with an open pergola or arbor is an appealing match. A sunroom can also be built to serve as a central gazebo for the garden space, perhaps adorned with finely crafted benches, or even a spacious bench swing.
A "solarium" can literally be translated to mean sunroom. Many solariums are used as greenhouses, providing ample natural sunlight while keeping the other forces of nature at bay. By keeping them protected from the elements, delicate tropical plants can be enjoyed during the coldest days of northern winters. It only takes a few minutes to install horizontal blinds to block out the heat of the summer sun, or to help hold in the warmth in winter months, making a solarium a year-round retreat in a space of bright sunshine and clean air.
Fountains and Gardens
Before building your sunroom, give some thought to how you would like it to be decorated. A deck table and chairs may be to your liking, or you may prefer the sound of gurgling water as it cascades down an interior rock fountain. Install a small garden pool, and decorate the fountain and pool area with lush ferns and lilies, perhaps even some waterlilies in the pond itself. By adding the dimension of water, your solarium instantly becomes an example of a tropical paradise, even when the snow is piling up outside. The only thing missing are the biting flies and pests, and that is one bit of realism that most of us are happy to do without.
Tubs and Pools
Instead of an ordinary screen porch to enclose a hot tub or pool, consider building a climate controlled sunroom instead. Screens may keep the bugs out, but they do little at keeping the room comfortable. A sunroom, on the other hand, is totally enclosed. Many of them are even equipped with optional blinds that allow blocking out excess sunlight, or blocking the prying eyes of neighbors. By extending the home's central heating and cooling to include the sunroom, you can enjoy a morning swim, or a nightly spell in the hot tub. Because they are comparatively inexpensive to install, sunrooms are one of the first considerations for people who want to enclose a pool, or build a deck for their hot tub. More than any other type of enclosure, a solarium allows the mind to sense open spaces without submitting the body to the realities of the elements.