They tore down the sunroom and removed everything from the room, which wasn't an easy task considering all the snow!
This is what it looked like from the inside at this point.
The nexxt day they inserted windows and the doors.
Then the siding went up along with the roof shingles on top of an ice protective layer.
Their job was complete, and it was time for us to get started on the inside.
We decided to go with tongue and groove for the walls and the ceiling... We got a lot of advice from our sons, home depot and the construction company.
We insulated all the walls with rolls of R19 kraft faced insulation purchased at Home Depot.
The tongue and groove was actually pretty easy to put up once the insulation was in place using a cordless nailer.
There was a leak in the ceiling, which took forever to get the builder to take care of.. That was really the only complaint we had about this whole process.. We had to hold off finishing the ceiling until they finally fixed it..
Once it was fixed, we first installed thin insulation board as a vapor shield, then inserted R30 unfaced insulation. A sales person recommended insulation supports, which are just wires you use to hold the insulation in place.. Very inexpensive but made it so much easier to do!
Once that was done we added the tongue and groove boards to the ceiling, then my husband made the window frames himself out of pine..
After that was all done, we stained the walls and ceiling with MinWax Poly Stain in Golden Oak.
We then had to deal with the floor. One of our sons is a carpenter in the South, and on his advice, we first laid a bead of silicone around the bottom of the walls to seal any possible leaks, used liquid nails between all deck boards to seal any air leaks, topped that with a layer of tar paper, topped that with a layer of pink insulation board, topped that with strand board, which I painted, then topped with vinyl tiles and completed it with a room sized carpet.
We added a ceiling fan and an outdoor light, and we were finally ready to add furniture and enjoy.
We thought this would probably be a 3 season room, but then started considering a pellet stove after one of our sons installed one and really liked the way it heated their home.
We ended up buying a King Pellet stove from tractor supply and having it installed by someone local who is a professional, although, lots of people install them on their own.
There was a bit of a learning curve to start off, but once we got it figured out, we have totally enjoyed this thing to the max! It heats the entire house for about 1/3 what we used to pay for heating/electricity. We buy our pellets from a local pellet factory, so we are able to save even more on the price. We heated the house last year for $600, which is something for Northern Michigan, especially considering the frigid cold temps we saw in 2014!
All in all, having a sunroom come crashing down in the middle of the night was not fun, but we have ended up with a room we love that made it possible for us to add a new heating source to our house..
Sometimes the worst things that happen turn out to be a blessing in disguise!