Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sunrooms

One of my favorite local projects is an addition to a 1920s tudor house here in the city.The original house, as many tudors are, was rather dark with a small original kitchen. The architects, BarnesVanze, came up with the solution of adding a sunroom onto the back of the house housing a kitchen above other needed spaces along a stone terrace.The interior of the kitchen is made even lighter by eliminating overhead cabinets and instead going with open glass shelving.Who wouldn't want to spend time in this bright and cheery Sunroom?

23 comments:

Hels said...

Love it. A glass room added onto the house as extra, well lit living space is often called a conservatory. It becomes the most loved and best used part of the home!

VictoriaArt said...

You teaser!!!
This is one of my perennial wishes for our house!!!
Your samples are absolutely gorgeous!
Stephan, come and see my painting I have been posting about today!

xoxo

MK said...

This sun room is absolutely stunning, both from inside and outside. Your post comes at a good time as next week my wife and I are meeting with a company rep for evaluation to have a sun room next to our kitchen:)
Thanks.
By the way, my today's post is about Clark Gables' 300SL, do check.

Divine Theatre said...

Our sunroom, though not nearly as magnificent, is our favorite room in the house.

Terry said...

You need to call the police to get me out of there.

quintessence said...

I'm totally in love with that shelving!! Several years ago I bought beautiful nickel plated brackets that I always intended to use for something similar. Wonder if that room gets very hot in the summer?

Renée Finberg said...

you know i love this!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hate to cause offense, as the architects are colleagues
of the blog editor, but if ever there was a veritable train wreck of kitchen design, it is this example. Let's see now: we have an English style glass conservatory, a farmhouse table evoking Provence, a window borrowed
from a Venetian palazzo, and those overbearing metal
units that command attention in a most ungainly fashion. Have I left anything out? Ah yes, the whimsically colored glassware, contributing the perfect
finishing touch.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Hmm, I hate to disagree, Anon -but I think it's lovely. To each his (or her) own, thats the fun of design!

Mark D. Ruffner said...

I would agree with Anon that the metal shelves are a little heavy, but I'm not at all bothered by mixing architectural styles. As Mark Twain once said, "Differences of opinions make horse races."

Lord Cowell said...

I do like the exterior, it appears sympathetic to the rest of the house. Is the joinery wooden or alluminium?

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Lord Cowell -it's all wood.

ROS said...

What an exquisite sunroom! Thanks for sharing!

ChipSF said...

The exterior is very elegant, and elegantly sited. It does look like it would be very hot in the summer though.

Kerry said...

Always wanted a sunroom/conservatory for a dining room. This goes to the top of my wishlist.

Eric H said...

I think this is a beautiful room and a great addition to a tudor-style home. I grew up in a house with a sunroom kitchen and we always loved it. It does get hot though if it's sunny, and especially when you get cooking.

In regards to the comment from "anonymous" even though the styles are mixed I think they work great together! It's a great practical combination. I find it cowardly that you left such a harshly critical comment and wouldn't even reveal who you are. Own it!

Miss B. said...

my gosh these are amazing. we have one here in Copenhagen, but it definitely needs a spruce up!

The Ancient said...

It would be interesting to know how the clients' feel about the design after two or three years of cooking and cleaning. Does the extractor work well enough to keep grease from all those windows? What happens in the summer if they try indoor cooking (or grilling) with a window ajar? How much did they have increase their housekeeper's wages to compensate for the rather perilous task of cleaning so many high windows? Etc., etc.

The design mash-up doesn't bother me as much as it does some others above. (But again, all that glassware on open shelving is a cleaning nightmare for someone.)

The French Mouse said...

Oh that is brilliant! What a wonderful unique space...I love the little touches of color.

Cheers!

24 Corners said...

I think it's a very whimsical and delightful space...I'd take it in an Engish conservatory second! It would be fun to add one's own personal touches to it.
xo J~

Woody said...

It looks like a fairytale! Absolutely gorgeous!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Oh...my this is so beyond gorgeous. I've never seen anything like it. I am living those metal shelves in the space. Love all the details.

Cedrick Finly said...

Having a sunroom in a Tudor house can make you feel like a king! I agree with Woody, you'd be living in a fantastic fairytale kingdom with these!