Glass Room – The Perfect Combination of Garden and Living Space

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Add a greenhouse section or glass room to a house and the result is like a hybrid between a greenhouse and a patio. Architects, who incorporate glass rooms into many homes, both new and old, know that prefabricated greenhouse sections dramatically enhance a home while creating a place in which to relax. Unlike a greenhouse, this special glass room has people as its focal point. Plants are not a necessity, though they can flourish and provide a soothing background.

# Select the site for your glass room before choosing the sections.

Two locations are favored for glass rooms that will contain many plants: one is at ground level against a sunny wall; the other is on an upper level enclosing an existing porch or balcony. In very hot areas, a north-facing location is best — there’s plenty of light but less heat. Southern, eastern, and western exposures are better in coastal and other cool areas and are suitable also in hot areas if certain precautions are taken.

Greenhouse sections are usually available in 24, 30, and 36-inch­-wide glass modules in several shapes and heights. Most people use sections that have an aluminum framework, but some use those with a wooden frame. Metal frames should require less maintenance and are more weatherproof; they are also more expensive. Though sections with curved walls are often chosen for their good looks, the slant and straight-wall sections are generally more leak resistant.

The biggest challenge in installing a greenhouse section is preventing leaks. Flashing should always overlap the section where it joins an existing structure. When installing the glass, use silicone caulking at all joints.

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# Separate your glass room from the rest of the house.

The greatest way to separate the two areas is to installing a large sliding or accordion pleated door. The large door can make an outside patio part of the glass room. They also allow you to move furniture and large plants in and out more easily.

Flooring is another key feature. If you decide to have plants in the glass room, the floor should be resistant to spilled water, dirt, and sun damage. Brick, ceramic tile, and linoleum floorings are so practical.

# Pick furniture made from natural materials.

Wicker, wood, and bamboo are examples of pleasing materials. Other types of outdoor garden furniture, such as wrought iron or aluminum, will in if they are not too ornate. If you plan to have fabric-covered chair seats or cushions, choose a material that will not be damaged by water or sunlight.

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