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Old 09-28-2014, 08:02 AM
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That's funny. We almost built a similar Lennar home in California, and that room was called a "sun room" even though it wasn't particularly sunny.

When our kids were younger, we would have put the toys in there and used it as a play room. I would have loved to have the play area separate, but still near the family room. Now that the kids are older, we'd probably use it as an office, a place to drop the mail and plug in the lap top and phones.
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Old 09-28-2014, 06:29 PM
Location: Washington state
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Hmmm...I hate to say it, but a lot of time it seems when architects end up with an empty space in their house plans, they just give it a name and presto! it's a selling point. Sort of like with this Carolina Room.

That's definitely not a sunroom. It looks more like someone just decided to enclose an open area behind the living room. That doesn't mean that's bad. It adds extra square feet and value to your home and you'd have to pay a lot to have that done yourself. If you ran screened windows and a door all across the back, you'd have an enclosed porch to enjoy in summer, maybe even a sleeping porch when it gets hot, and an extra room to enjoy in winter. Skylights in that room would be awesome. Or you could just open the whole room up and have a wind protected, covered or non-covered outdoor patio.

But yes, you could use it for anything. A game room, a mud room, a dog room, a hobby room, a place for kids to do their homework, a comfortable place to just sit and read or watch TV, the possibilities are pretty endless.
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