Project Description

The client wanted a sunroom that would provide an inviting area to read and relax while offering expanded living space off the kitchen/breakfast area.

Palmer’s Project Goals and Challenges

  • Provide for a low-maintenance, sturdy flooring.
  • Provide an energy-efficient solution that kept the sunroom open and accessible to the outside.
  • Eliminate potential moisture problems and reduce costs by using the existing foundation for the sunroom.
  • Eliminate squeaks in the existing kitchen/breakfast room.
  • Improve lighting in the existing kitchen/breakfast room.


  • The footprint of the existing brick patio was used as the sunroom’s foundation, which provided a cost savings to the client.
  • To eliminate squeaks in the existing subfloor, the flooring was power screwed and Ditra was installed over the subfloor to provide added strength and a vapor barrier. Ditra is a polyethylene membrane, which acts as a water-proofing membrane, strengthens problematic substrates, and is an ideal material for use in new and existing construction. Learn more about Ditra at
  • Due to existing damage, Palmer Custom Builders was asked to make necessary exterior wood repairs, paint the exterior trim and replace the existing roof. Hardiplank, a rot-resistant fiber-cement product, was used for exterior siding and trim, because it is unaffected by humidity and the elements. This technologically advanced product will eliminate the need for future repairs due to insect or water damage. Learn more about Hardiplank at
  • This gorgeous 10′ x 15′ sunroom addition is completely surrounded by energy-efficient, sliding glass doors that provide easy accessibility and keep the space very open visually.
  • The porcelain tile and its color were chosen with durability and low maintenance in mind. Using the same tile in the contiguous kitchen, breakfast area and laundry room made the space appear brighter and larger. The wall paint color chosen for the sunroom, kitchen and breakfast room walls coordinates with the new wicker furniture fabric and adds a calming color (the client’s favorite) to the kitchen, which has dark wood cabinets and stained molding.
  • New recessed lighting in the sunroom, kitchen and breakfast room and new lighting over the sink area brighten the space.