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Big greenhouse pop-outs; ready-made components create dramatic spaces and bring in views.

Big greenhouse pop-outs

Unmistakable in their appearance, greenhouses combine strong but unobtrusive aluminum frames and lots of glass in ways that have proven attractive, useful, and economical in house design.

Above, architect Robert and Beth Cowman installed a curving, 15-foot-tall greenhouse section above a sofa-lined 3-foot-deep bay in their new Portland-area house. The window affords a view of the house's wooded lot. For the house at left, Seattle architect Paul Chelminiak used a section 8 feet tall, 4 feet deep, and 20 feet long to maximize the light available to a kitchen facing a bank of tall trees.

Many glass manufacturers and installers now stock full lines of greenhouse components. Check the yellow pages under Glass or Greenhouse Builders.

Greenhouse components and the code

Building codes impose some energy conservation restrictions on the use of greenhouse components. Check with an architect, engineer, or energy consultant before you start tearing down walls.

Even though they usually let in more heat and light than conventional windows, greenhouse components are also notorious heat losers. You'll probably have to compensate by installing extra insulation or reducing the amount of glazing elsewhere in the house.

Full greenhouse-type room additions are also subject to varying restrictions. Some states require doors to isolate such additions from the rest of the house. Have these plans, too, evaluated for energy efficiency.

Photo: Soaring greenhouse window admits light through two-story cutout; horizontal structural support masks lights overhead

Photo: Vaulting greenhouse window rises from level of kitchen counter to tie protruding lower wall to set-back upper one. Track light are not visible from rest of kitchen
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