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Old 11-24-2014, 12:31 AM
 
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Hi, I have a sun room that was already built connected to the home, the sun room has a deck base and the home is on a slab. My intention is to transform the sun-room into part of the kitchen as the dining room. My question is mainly about the base of the sun-room: is it feasible to go ahead use the deck base and just add some 1/2 inch plywood on top then whatever tiles I would use for the floor? I would appreciate any feedback, thank you.
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Old 11-24-2014, 10:19 AM
 
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Where do you live? If it's up north in cold climates that would be iffy. I would think you would need some insulation under that...
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Old 11-24-2014, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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More info is needed. Is this a heated room and you are able to make use of it all year round or are you going to need to put heat into it? When you say a deck base do you mean similar to an outdoor deck? What is the "deck base" made of?
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Old 11-28-2014, 10:02 PM
 
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I am located in GA, near Ft. Stewart, I would like to make use of it all year round. I would most likely have to install a window unit or mini split for summer and a heating unit in winter. The deck is made of wood, much like an outdoor deck.
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Old 11-29-2014, 10:15 AM
 
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Do you want the cheap way?

Or the right way?

Right way would be poured concrete raised slab.
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Old 11-29-2014, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Not knowing the area, but in NY it would never be allowed becasue it would not be to code.
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Old 11-29-2014, 05:49 PM
 
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Hi, I have a sun room that was already built connected to the home, the sun room has a deck base and the home is on a slab. My intention is to transform the sun-room into part of the kitchen as the dining room. My question is mainly about the base of the sun-room: is it feasible to go ahead use the deck base and just add some 1/2 inch plywood on top then whatever tiles I would use for the floor? I would appreciate any feedback, thank you.
I've done this successfully by raising up the sun room floor (it was a cement pad and a step down from the main level so I could do this). You can raise by filling all cracks very well and then adding a membrane and then building a frame to hold sub flooring (since I am now thinking you are referring to a wood deck, you may want to deviate a little from what I've stated). What you don't want is any moisture coming up onto the old deck hitting your sub flooring. You can either leave the space between the deck floor and sub flooring as is or put in insulation. You can even put in a heated flooring system if you'd like. I went cheap and easy and had no issues at all with the floor feeling cold. I also insulated the knee walls to the sunroom and then put in full walls of new windows where there used to just be screens (and I replaced the doors that used to be there). One of the biggest loss of heat/air though was the crawl space in the ceiling... there was no insulation up there at all (sunrooms don't need it). I blew in insulation after about 6 months of wondering where the loss of heat was and that made a world of difference.
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