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An open, private family room for a foggy climate.

An open but private family room where it's warm enough to sit on foggy days: that's what Delcey and Harlan Watkins got when they added a sunroom to the back of their three-story row house in San Francisco. The 10- by 12-foot east-facing room adjacent to the kitchen and dining room is the upper part of a two-story addition; the lower floor contains a new bedroom. The new room projects 3 1/2 feet beyond the back wall of the kitchen.

San Francisco architect Paul Rotter kept the rom as simple as possible: the side walls are shingled to match the house and painted white to reflect as much brightness as possible. They extend beyond the glass roof and act as baffles, blocking views into the room from the row house next door.

The room's floor is covered with heat-storing terra cotta tile, and the roof and back wall are greenhouse window sections fabricated to fit the opening. Two sets of French doors open into the new family room from the dining room; a sliding glass door connects it with the kitchen.

Overhead, a single 2-by-8 beam spans the space to support the aluminum frame. For ventilation, the glass panels along the peak of the greenhouse section are operable--you open them by pulling a chain at one corner of the room. The glass and frame cost about $4,000 in 1981.
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