Room With A View
On this special two-part edition of Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford, we’re adding a sunroom, two porches, a deck, and a swimming pool so the homeowners can enjoy their beautiful view overlooking Mobile Bay.
Room with a View Slideshow
Room with a View Exterior
The completed Room with a View addition with steps leading down to the water from the pool area.
The finished sunroom addition has a beautiful view of the water through the large, impact resistant windows.
Inlaid Addition Floor
An inlaid pattern of contrasting wood was used in the pine floor of the addition.
The steep hill behind the pool was landscaped with groundcover and flowers.
Pressure treated lattice panels were constructed to fill the openings in the foundation.
A beautiful stone waterfall leads from the whirlpool soaking tub into the pool.
The completed pool with stone border, screened cover and pool house.
Pool House Shower
The privacy screen for the outdoor shower was made from ipê, a dense tropical wood.
Pool House Floor
Porcelain tile were laid on the outside shower floor behind the pool house.
Screened Pool Cover
An aluminum framework covered with screen was installed over the pool to keep out mosquitoes and leaves.
Copper caps were used on top of the posts to provide a decorative touch and keep the end grain of the posts from absorbing water.
The spindles for the railing were made from pressure treated 2”x 2” with the bottom end notched so water would drain.
Pressure treated pine was used for the steps leading down from the pool.
Leveling Wall Insulation
Any excess insulation was removed with a special power roller.
Cellulose Wall Insulation
Cellulose insulation, mixed with water and a dry adhesive, was used to fill the walls.
V-groove pine 1"x 6" boards were installed on the porch ceilings for a natural wood look.
Arched Addition Entrance
An arch was cut in the opening between the sunroom and main house to mirror the design of the arches on the porches.
The deck around the pool was covered with 5/4” thick treated pine lumber.
Porch and Deck
With the addition framed in and roofed, attention could turn to the porches and deck area around the pool.
Fiberglass mesh was embedded in the stucco to reinforce the joints and applied detail moldings.
The sunroom addition is now ready for stucco to be applied to the walls.
Weather Strip Windows
After the windows had been attached, the flange was covered with a self-adhesive waterproof flashing.
The window flange was then nailed to the framing to secure it.
When the heavy windows had been put in place, they were carefully leveled.
The 9’x 9’ windows from JELD-WEN featured ImpactGard laminated glass that allows them to resist high winds and flying debris.
The gable on the end of the addition was framed and sheathed in plywood.
Asphalt shingles were installed on the addition to match the rest of the house.
Once all the framing was in place, the roof was covered with plywood sheathing.
Installing Hurricane Straps
Steel hurricane straps were nailed to each rafter and the framing to provide additional resistance to high winds.
Since the rafters were so long, they had to be joined together from two boards cut at a diagonal and reinforced with plywood on each side of the joint.
The roof ridge board was attached to the main roof of the house, and the rafters cut to fit it.
Laminated beams were used to span the 18’ wide addition, with smaller ceiling joists between them.
Steel Wall Reinforcement
Steel reinforcement straps were embedded in the concrete foundation then attached to the floor framing and walls for added strength.
Raising Walls for Addition
The walls went up next. With so many windows, it’s important to make the framing between them as strong as possible.
Installing Floor Joists
Once the foundation was dry, the floor joists were installed.
Concrete for Pool
In addition to the sunroom, a pool was added to the house.
Split Face Block Foundation
Split face concrete block were used for the foundation wall to give it an attractive appearance.
Foundation Wall Complete
The sloping lot down to the water made for a high foundation wall.
Filling Foundation Walls
After the foundation was in place, the block walls were filled with concrete to strengthen it further.
Laying Foundation Walls
When the footings had set, concrete block were laid for the foundation.
Steel reinforcement was put in place, and concrete poured for the footings.
Once the addition had been laid out, footings for the foundation were dug.
Since the deck on the house was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, the new addition will be built to resist high winds and flooding.
Room with a View
The sunroom addition we’re building will look out over this view of Mobile Bay on the Alabama Gulf Coast.
Slideshow of the building of Room with a View addition from start to finish.
Room with a View Floor Plans
House Before Addition
The existing deck facing the water was removed after being badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
House with Addition
A sunroom, two porches, a deck, and a pool were added to the existing home.
Side Views of New Addition
The center sunroom of the addition is flanked by two porches, with pool on right.
JELD-WEN Windows & Doors
The JELD-WEN windows used in Room with a View were outfitted with ImpactGard impact resistant laminated glass to provide maximum protection from high winds and windblown debris. ImpactGard consists of an interlayer of durable plastic sandwiched between two sheets of glass to form a barrier that meets the most stringent building codes.
The wood used in the windows was treated with AuraLast which provides virtually 100% penetration throughout the material to protect it from decay, termites, and water saturation.