Gaines Construction Company Inc. received a national award from Qualified Remodeler Magazine in the Sunroom Master Design category for the design and construction of this octagon built sunroom.

The scope and objectives were to provide a design for and construct a sunroom structure that would be architecturally dramatic yet provide solace and comfort. The space provides multiple uses and can be enjoyed by one person for a quiet afternoon and at other times be the central point for entertaining and large parties.

The sunroom connects to the main house and is usable year-round.

Inside their custom-built sunroom, the owners enjoy the feeling of being outdoors all year round – even in a snowstorm! During the day they have an enjoyable view of many types of birds at their collection of bird feeders on their beautifully landscaped property. By evening, their sunroom provides a perfect tranquil location to star gaze.

This structure has an open octagon cathedral ceiling with no horizontal roof supports. Because of all the glass and the challenge of properly ventilating an eight sided roof terminating at an open cupola, 5” of closed cell foam was used on the walls and the ceiling. This provided an R34.5 insulating factor while eliminating the roof venting concern and at the same time the insulation bonded to all the steel to eliminate the sweating of the steel and maximize the soundproofing of the structure. The floor is Silverthin Quartzite with a grey mortar joint. There are 8 – 2” solid mahogany inlay strips set into the floor stone mirroring the 8 ceiling beams and the cupola above. Hot water radiant heat tubing was installed in a mud base below the floor stone. The ceiling is a custom V joint and beaded tongue and groove with a natural finish. 8 Beaded 4×4 white beams divide the ceiling to mirror image the floor. We used an 8” traditional style crown molding at the plate line of the entire perimeter to house mini track lights that will highlight the mahogany ceiling. The cupola is also lit behind a crown valance. A “Fujista” split HVAC system was installed through the wall for cooling and supplemental heating. All of the glass is R-5 Low E Triple Glazed Krypton for maximum efficiency. Of the 8 sides of the structure, there are 6 6’x5’ sliding vinyl windows. One side has a 6’ outswing solid vinyl French door unit. To provide an attractive, maintenance free exterior, we used Azek for the exterior trimwork.

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