We need to tear down and completely rebuild a sunroom on our 1850 Gothic Revival home. We believe that it was originally a porch and the large windows were added later. The room leaks and has a poor foundation. We are planning to put in temporary supports to support the small room above the sunroom and then basically tear down the sunroom. We want to end up with a three-season room that can function as a screened porch and a sun room. We'll need new foundation piers, a new floor, walls, windows, ceiling and some portion of the roof.
We want to keep the exterior look as close as possible to the existing look - or at least the same basic theme of large window-pane windows. (See photos). We also want the windows (or doors) to open so that the room can function as a screened porch on warm days. We are thinking that we want two points of egress. We'd like to keep the existing one, including (possibly) the original doors, on the far end (to the right when outside facing the room). We would also like an egress somewhere from the middle to the left side (when facing the house from the outside).
We have looked at, and are open to, large casement windows, lift and slide doors, bi-fold doors, or other ideas. We want to be able to open and close the windows/doors on a moment's notice (i.e., we don't want large glass panels that we keep stored in the garage all summer and put back up in the fall.) One possibility would be to have a retractable screen that would roll up or down as necessary. (This is just an idea. The cost of that may be prohibitive.)
The most important design element of the room will be the doors/windows that create the outer wall of the room. The ceiling is 8' 2". As you will see from the photos, the outer wall is now all window panes. The new design does not need to look exactly like this, it just needs to look similar. For example, the glass does not necessarily need to go all the way to the floor.
We would like one, or even two, ceiling fans. The room is fairly large.
We are leaning towards a natural wood floor, but are open to your ideas.
Would like to keep the actual doors and the window to the interior of the house. Also, if possible, we would like to keep the actual doors at the end of the room that go to the outside.
The shared walls with the house (original house exterior) will need to be stripped to bare wood or the siding will need to be removed and replaced.
The sunroom faces west to the lake and the afternoon sun. One reason for wanting to be able to open up the doors and the windows its to keep it from getting too hot in the summer.
We are not interested in a lot of ideas of how to furnish the room, or to make it overly elaborate. It is a nice but basic lake house and the room needs to fit with the character of the rest of the house. See some of the additional photos for perspective. Cost is a consideration. Achieving the functionality and look we want at a reasonable cost will be a winning combination. Again, the idea is a three-season room. With windows or doors that open to make an open and airy screened porch or close to make a bright sunny room on a fall day. The look needs to remain similar to what is there now.