Pandemic Sun Room

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Project by mjheck posted 09-11-2020 02:28 AM 906 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife has some really awesome gardens and has always wanted a sun room in the main one. Since I’m always looking for the next project this looked like a good one to do this summer. I started it on June 1 and finished on Labor Day and worked on it almost daily. It has insulation, electricity, and Ipe(Brazilian Walnut ) flooring that I found on Craigslist for under a dollar a square foot. Most of the wood is Western Red Cedar that I either have been hoarding over the years or had a local sawmill cut for me. The ceiling is 1×12 old growth clear VG Cedar that I ship lapped that I salvaged from a former sawmill owner’s house built in 1957. I made all the door and window jambs and trimwork and found all the doors and windows at local salvage stores and Craigslist and rehabbed before installing. A fun project but I have to admit I’m a little burned out.

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#1 posted 09-11-2020 02:41 AM

Whoa!! That is gorgeous. I don’t blame you a bit for being a bit worn out. I think I heard about the painting process for your doors. What was the final count on layers of primer + paint?!

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#2 posted 09-11-2020 02:46 AM

Thanks, StellersGrove, First I had to repair a couple of the windows, then scrape and sand, then 2 coats of primer, and 2 coats of regular paint. Did more painting on this project than I have done in the last 40 years.

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#3 posted 09-11-2020 01:02 PM

That is gorgeous sun room and a fantastic garden. I will NOT be showing this to my better half.

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#4 posted 09-11-2020 02:25 PM

that is a beautiful sun room that your wife is gonna spend many hours enjoying her garden.i wish i had the space for something like did a beautiful job,congrats.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 09-11-2020 07:06 PM

The sign may say the middle of nowhere but it looks more like the middle of heaven to me. Well done structure and beautiful gardens. My compliments to both of you.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#6 posted 09-11-2020 09:01 PM

Thanks all for the nice comments.

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Randy M.

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#7 posted 09-12-2020 02:24 AM

Very nice build and I would love to sit in there any day ,,

-- Do it with your heart in it.........keep sanding

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#8 posted 09-12-2020 01:29 PM

Lovely space, inside and out.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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Bill Berklich

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#9 posted 09-14-2020 10:47 PM

Wow – that is really nice.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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