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They added a functional but friendly solar room.

They added a functional but friendly solar room

A friendly space, the shed-roofed solaraddition on the rear of this 50-year-old house greatly improved interior comfort and traffic flow. Glass-paneled doors open onto it from the living and dining rooms. In cold weather, the doors can be closed to isolate the room thermally from the heated interior. On sunny days, they can be left open to disperse built-up heat. With the doors open, guests can circulate easily through the house or enter the garden.

Designed by Portland architect JerryWard for Carolyn and David Krieger, the wood-paneled, brick-floored room complements the antique-filled house. Bricks also cover the side and rear walls and extend onto an adjacent outdoor patio. Besides looking good, the bricks store solar heat.

The solar room distributes heat as well asstoring it. Vents and ducts built into the hemlock paneling above the door to the living area can move hot air to interior rooms or vent it to the outside. A paddle fan drives it into the adjacent rooms.

Most of the time, the room serves as astudy and greenhouse. Overhead, movable shades (reflective on one side, white on the other) diffuse sunlight to keep it from burning plants or overheating the room.

An elevated woodstove occupies a cornernear the brick walls, which store and slowly release its heat. Raised 14 inches off the floor, the stove sits on a metal base covered with brick pavers. To fit in the corner, the base is shaped like a quarter of a circle.

Photo: Sunny retreat (right) opens togarden in rear, living room in foreground. View from other direction (above) shows raised woodstove and heat-storing brick walls, living room beyond

Photo: Built-in planters edge semicircular patioextending from solar room. To slow heat loss, windows and doors are double-glazed
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