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Northbrook Passive Sunspace

A small aluminum-sided residence with a single-car, detached garage was completely renovated on the interior and expanded to include a large family room and sunspace on the west. We relocated the main entry into the house to the space between the original garage and residence and provided an entry vestibule that led directly into the new family room and to the rear deck beyond. The existing living room was enlarged once the original entry was eliminated and new full height glazing added facing the front of the house. The kitchen was also remodeled to incorporate a breakfast area and windows facing the rear yard. The entire exterior facade was clad in vertical cedar siding to unify the expanded home and additions.

The new 14' x 20' family room was built with a sloped ceiling that extended up to the ridgeline of the existing home. The roof of this room incorporated two-rows of sloped glazing set between the large exposed roof beams that, together with the continuous sliding glass door perimeter and the ceramic tile floor, provided a large passive solar sunspace.

The project was featured as an example of how passive-solar heating can be incorporated into the design of a residence by both Better Homes & Gardens and North Shore magazines