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Call It What You Want, We Love Our Carolina Rooms

Friday, January 18, 2019   /   by Anne Rose

Call It What You Want, We Love Our Carolina Rooms

It is a screened porch, sun room, sun porch, or three-season room, but when you call it a Carolina Room, this extra square footage takes on a specific meaning for Carolinians.

Called a "sun room" in northern states, a lanai or Florida room in the sunshine state, and an Arizona room out west, this wonderfully functional and flexible space is affectionately called a Carolina room across the Carolinas. Carolina rooms are often at the top of a house hunting wish-list, offering flexible space, and expanding living and entertaining options in a home. The primary objective of a Carolina room is to allow abundant daylight into a home, and to provide multi-sided views of landscaping and outdoor features, all while providing shelter from the weather and the sun.  

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1896 Oak Harbour Drive SW, Ocean Isle Beach North Carolina

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3803 Harmony Circle, Southport North Carolina

A Carolina room is generally included in a house's square footage. It may be completed screened, with a roof - a step above a covered patio - or a finished room with sliding doors, French doors, and wall-to-wall windows. A Carolina room is built as an attachment to the main house, or is integrated into the primary residence, often connected to the main living space or primary bedroom of the house with doors that can be kept open when the weather is mild. 

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Carolina rooms are usually not heated or cooled by the house's central system, but most have ceiling fans, and some have electric heating units to help take the chill off southeastern coastal winter evenings.

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Carolina rooms can either be attached, or integrated into the living space of the house. An attached Carolina room may have been part of the original construction, or added to the home. It generally is designed with a brick knee wall with tempered glass or screen above. An attached Carolina room can have window treatments to help regulate temperature, and ceiling fans, but generally does not have heating or cooling. Integrated Carolina rooms are usually designed from the outset as part of the main house, and is designed with many windows and climate control.

Whether you use this "outdoor room" as a dining space, artist's studio, casual family room, or a quiet reading spot, a Carolina room calls for furniture and fabrics that are suitable for use indoors or outdoors. If a Carolina room has wall-to-wall windows, a system of shades helps provide relief from too much sun. 

Find KBT Realty on Pinterest for awesome Carolina Room decorating ideas.

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