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They slipped a sunroom under the flat roof.

They slipped a sunroom under the flat roof

Letting in winter sun not only added light and warmth to this flat-roofed post-and-beam (Eichler) house, but the new sunroom also improved traffic flow and increased living space.

Before the addition, only a narrow door linked the living and kitchen-dining rooms. Both areas stopped at a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows shaded by an 8-foot overhang that blocked winter sun.

Designer Mark Moulton of the Sylvan Company chose a manufactured aluminum sunroom because it married well with the dimensions of the existing house and cost less than a built-on-site design. The sunroom rests atop a new slab that replaces the old concrete patio. To provide passage through the 13- by 25-foot addition, some windows were removed from the living and dining rooms. Reducing glazing elsewhere in the house allowed the addition to meet state energy-conservation codes.

The curving glass structure admits lots of sunlight; the slab and 12-inch-square ceramic floor tiles store heat by day and release it at night. Thermostat-controlled fans in the addition help send warmed air throughout the house; openable windows, adjustable shades, and the fans control heat gain. A woodstove provides extra warmth. Sliding glass doors open onto the patio and relandscaped garden.

Owners are Eleanor and Robert Huggins of Stanford, California.

Photo: Tucked under the eaves, 26-foot-long sunroom addition extends toward garden, encloses new living space, and provides some passive-solar heat

Photo: Seen from living room, load-bearing post marks where house ended and old windows were removed

Photo: Plastic tabs in frame allow shade screen to slip up and down along window's curve
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