A sunroom with a difference


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I came home from Europe a few years ago, full of ideas – garden ideas.

Of course the Mathematician was thrilled with these amazing ideas 🙂 but to his credit he came on board with the plans for the sunroom in the garden. Our climate here is just perfect for this garden addition.

Finding Zen in the garden

My zen place in the garden is my sunroom. I can see the garden, the paddocks with the sheep wandering around, I can hear the birds calling and watch the sunlight play through the trees. Our garden has certainly changed over the years!! We also have 18 acres of paddocks around us, a forest we can walk in just outside the back fence and a vineyard next door so it’s a lovely place to find some calmness in our lives.

Finding the ‘right’ sunroom

After some research we found a sunroom in kit form, made from polycarbonate panels, not glass. We ordered it and when it arrived I had the thought that it was just as well the Mathematician enjoyed doing puzzles, because it was exactly like putting together a jigsaw puzzle!

We had spent some time observing the trajectory of the sun during the day and had decided on the placement, in the back garden on a bit of an angle. The kit went up over a few days with some minor issues. I was useful holding the ladder and offering appropriately encouraging and soothing words. The furniture, consisting of a daybed, cane chairs and colourful cushions were moved in days later and the paving was done a few weeks after that. It all came together so well!

Various uses

The sunroom has had a variety of uses in the five years we’ve had it – a pool room, an entertainment room, a retreat, a garden area but mainly it’s just a delightful area in which to relax in. Any breeze is immediately cutout when inside with the doors shut, it’s a cosy zen-like world. In summer it gets far too hot to be in it but in spring, autumn and winter it’s fabulous!

In all weathers

Storm damage in February 2019

A ferocious storm nearly ruined the sunroom in February 2019, with panels blown out and the structure twisted and damaged, but luckily the Mathematician was able to reconnect all the bits. We’ve since decided to remove the garden area inside, as it gets too hot to keep anything alive, especially over summer. I may get some artificial plants in the future to brighten it up, but I’ve moved back in and taken up residence again 🙂

So when I want to relax, take in the nature, read, have a cup of tea, chat with friends, listen to music, chill out, blog…. this is where I go. We have power, wifi, blankets and a heater when needed, so it’s literally an all weather room out in the garden – and I love it!

It is light, comfortable, and about 25-30 degrees celcius in the middle of a winter’s day, whereas the outside temperature may be anything from 2-15 degrees. I love having this space to escape to. Please note I’m not a sloth, I do move around and don’t spend all day everyday on the day bed as you might imagine from reading my words 🙂

Sunroom in Autumn
My sunroom on a gorgeous Autumn day

If you’d like to join me, you know where to find me 🙂 Hola!!

Do you have something like this? Or would you like one?

I know I’m very lucky!!

Deb xx

It was a comment I left on a post of Denyse’s last week that inspired this post about my sunroom, so it’s only fitting that I’m linking up to Denyse’s #Lifethisweek, Min’s Zen Tip Tuesday #ztt and Esme’s Senior Salon

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Sunshine in autumn

  One thought on “A sunroom with a difference

  1. April 15, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Oh, I have serious sunroom envy! It looks so inviting. While on family visits to the Midwest and east coast of the US, I also fell in love with screened-in porches. I wanted one so bad… then my husband reminded me that we don’t have bugs where we live, so we really didn’t need to screen in our porch or deck. So much for that!

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    • April 15, 2019 at 8:39 am

      You are so lucky not to have bugs!! But I feel your pain 🙂 . Thanks for the comment, it is really inviting and so cosy and you’re welcome to visit anytime or just imagine me writing to you from my sunroom in future 🙂

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  2. Jo
    April 15, 2019 at 8:29 am

    I love your sunroom so much and can only imagine just how lovely it is now with the autumn colour too. Goregous​ pics.

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    • April 15, 2019 at 8:37 am

      Thanks Jo, it really is awesome and so many others in town have wondered why they haven’t done something similar in their own backyards. We may start a new trend!! We have the perfect climate here which is why I was attracted to the idea when I saw it in Denmark and England. Just had to share the pics 🙂

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  3. April 15, 2019 at 9:10 am

    I have serious sunroom envy as well! What a beautiful space. I’m so glad that the Mathematician was able to repair it!

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    • April 15, 2019 at 9:12 am

      Thanks Donna, you know you are always welcome to come and sit with me and watch the world go by!! I was so worried about the damage at the time but thankfully it’s all been fixed now, the Mathematician is very skilful!!

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  4. sixlittlehearts
    April 15, 2019 at 9:17 am

    What a fantastic idea! We should do this at our place. I could buy a longed-for ping pong table!

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    • April 15, 2019 at 9:24 am

      Yes, thats a great idea!! I sometimes refer to it as my SHE SHED 🙂

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  5. April 15, 2019 at 10:01 am

    Hola Debbie, Como estas? What a great place to blog and everything else. Ten out of ten to the mathematician – it’s always good to have a handy bloke around. I notice the inflatable pool… is that for you? your grand daughter ? your granddaughter and you ? or the wine? Have a great week. Louise

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    • April 15, 2019 at 10:05 am

      Hola, all good 🙂 haha Louise!! Well spotted, the pool was for me during a really hot summer and I called it the pool room 🙂 . I was sooo worried when the storm hit, as it seemed like a mini tornado and Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz sprang to mind as I pictured my beloved sunroom spiralling up and away. I do tend to be a bit over dramatic as the Mathematician always tells me! He is very useful to have around except he’s currently walking the Kokoda track at the moment so I’m enjoying some quiet alone time.

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      • April 15, 2019 at 10:13 am

        I am glad it didn’t take off too. I wondered about the Kokoda, I saw the photo on Facebook and was trying to see if he was in the group. It’s great that he loves it and has the opportunity to still do it and of course he would be great asset for the group because he is a such pro on the trail. How many times do you think he has done it now?
        I don’t know that I could cope with the heat, leeches and bugs. Oh and the tents- forget that – I’ll take a hard bed INSIDE any day.

        Enjoy the quiet time, hope you are getting some beautiful Autumn weather too.
        Louise

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        • April 15, 2019 at 10:17 am

          Yes the weather is lovely at the moment. I have lots of family visiting me for Easter so Im looking forward to that. Grant has done it 8 times now and is at the back left of the photo with his head turned away talking to someone o his left. I don’t envy him either!!

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  6. April 15, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    The little sun lounge ( conservatory is too big a word for it ) is the best thing we have done to the back of the house. It gets the morning sun so on a nice day you feel like sitting there all morning.

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    • April 17, 2019 at 8:23 am

      I’m so glad you can relate! Our is very similar to a conservatory too. Enjoy and thanks for visiting the sunroom with me 🙂

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  7. April 15, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    You know how much I love your sunroom Deb – it’s the place you’re always in when I think about you – having a cuppa and reading a book. I’m so glad you got it fixed after the storm – it would have been a sad day indeed if the repair hadn’t been possible. I think it’s a bit too hot in WA for one of these but I certainly admire yours – especially with all the land around you for privacy.

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    • April 17, 2019 at 1:59 pm

      Yes I know you imagine I’m always in there Leanne 🙂 . It’s so good to share my space with everyone and to say how well it’s been repaired by my husband, just in time for Easter! Yes I can imagine WA is a bit too warm for one but here it’s just perfect I’m happy to say! Lovely to have you over – anytime 🙂

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  8. April 15, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    I am in awe, Debbie! What a stunning sunroom to call your own. I am so glad the repairs were a success.

    SSG xxx

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    • April 17, 2019 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks! It was a bit of a worry there for a while but I’m happy now 🙂

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  9. April 15, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    What a wonderful escape Deb. Multifunctional and soooo relaxing 😉

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    • April 17, 2019 at 2:00 pm

      It’s very multifunctional Lorelle, and so fabulous on days like today 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. April 15, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    That looks amazing! Not envious at all! 😀

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    • April 17, 2019 at 2:03 pm

      I can tell you’re not envious 🙂 Everyone’s welcome to pop in anytime!!

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  11. April 15, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Looks perfect. I am glad you were able to get it together again post storms.

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    • April 17, 2019 at 2:04 pm

      Yes me too Albert, I don’t know what I would have done if it couldn’t fixed!! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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  12. April 15, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    I think you and your hubby sound like my hubby and me – I get the grand ideas and he helps me to carry them out! Your sunroom is just gorgeous! It looks like the perfect place to relax on a winter day. I didn’t realize you got snow in Australia! Thanks for teaching me this morning.

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    • April 17, 2019 at 2:05 pm

      Haha Laurie, I’m full of good ideas!! I love spending time in my sunroom and make all sorts of excuses to get out there. yes we live in the Snowy Mountains of Australia and actually get a lot of snow up on the mountains with ski resorts and all!! Happy to teach anytime 🙂

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  13. April 16, 2019 at 5:54 am

    What a beautiful space you have, Debbie! I’m glad the Mathematician could do the repairs and you’ve got your sun room back after the storm. #lifethisweek

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    • April 17, 2019 at 2:02 pm

      Yes I was so pleased he was able to fix it too Natalie, I was really worried for a while! Thanks.

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  14. Min Write of the Middle
    April 16, 2019 at 10:32 am

    My goodness – YES you are very lucky! That room is gorgeous, as is the beautiful space where you live! I’m so glad the storm didn’t completely wipe out the sunroom and that it was fixable! Now that Autumn is here you’ve got many lovely months ahead to enjoy that room, you lucky thing! Thanks so much for linking up with #ZTT x

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    • April 17, 2019 at 8:22 am

      Thanks Min, yes it’s perfect in autumn and I enjoy my time immensely 🙂 It was good linking up with #ztt so thanks for the opportunity!

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  15. April 16, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    One of the things I miss from our past home was our screened-in porch. It was set to get sun in late afternoon and had a ceiling fan, so it was a 3-season space for me. No worry about the bugs, great cushioned chairs to sink into. Yeah, miss it a lot. Your sunroom looks absolutely fabulous!!

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    • April 17, 2019 at 8:20 am

      Thanks Pat, it really is a wonderful addition to our garden and my husband did such a great job with it. I call it my cubby house or SHE SHED, so versatile 🙂 . We have lots of screened in porches here too to keep out the bugs and I can hear how much you miss it from your words.

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  16. April 16, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Sunrooms are so relaxing, and enjoyable even when they become rain rooms 🙂

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  17. April 17, 2019 at 9:21 am

    Sounds like a lovely to place to be, and it sounds like it’s set in a lovely place to live.

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    • April 17, 2019 at 2:01 pm

      Yes Chris, we are very fortunate to live here and I really do appreciate it, making the most of all it has to offer us 🙂 . But small towns can be hard work at times too!!

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      • April 17, 2019 at 3:13 pm

        How big is the place you live in Deb. We have around 35,000 in Busselton and surrounds, which I find is a perfect size. I lived in a small farming township once and that was hard work for sure, and we lived in Deloraine, Tassie, for a very short time. Deloraine has a population of around 5000, and that seemed ok. It was the regional hub for a few small towns, so had good facilities for a town of its size, including one of the main supermarkets.

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        • April 17, 2019 at 3:41 pm

          We have about 2000 people and are 100km from the big smoke in Wagga. We’re up in the hills so you can imagine the slurs we all get but it’s honestly the loveliest place to live and very community oriented. Just been to the turning of the sod on our rail trail which was a very happy occasion 😊

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          • April 18, 2019 at 10:26 am

            What’s the ‘turning of the sod’? Your location sounds just gorgeous.

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            • April 19, 2019 at 8:06 am

              It was the offical digging up the ground to signify the official start of construction with politicians and supporters there to celebrate. Really satisfying!

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  18. April 17, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    It is a beautiful place your sun room. I am glad you got the specialist in (the one you live with!) to be able to fix it. I love the idea of one of these in the cold climes where you are. I could live in the cold but convincing a husband who hates the cold would be beyond possibility.
    Have a great Easter.
    Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek. Next week’s optional prompt is Easter Means This. 16/51 #LifeThisWeek. 41/2019. Hope to see you there!
    Denyse

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    • April 17, 2019 at 8:17 pm

      Yes Denyse it is a beautiful place and I’m so lucky Grant was able to fix it before he left for Kokoda. It was fun to share my special place on #Lifethisweek Enjoy Easter!

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  19. April 17, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    Deb that is one room I would love to retire to. Imagine feeling so close to all the elements out there and now that you have climate control you will never leave!

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