Can we remove our sunroom extension and reduce our home’s square footage?
Our home in California is about 1200 square feet. The sunroom is maybe 250 square feet. It was added to our home in the early 1990s, well before we bought it.
There are foundation problems, and it’s literally a solar box with it’s huge wall of west facing windows. We would prefer a smaller home and have often considered how nice it would be to remove it and put a covered patio there instead.
We love our property and don’t want to move, and we don’t care about reducing the value. Someday we’re going to add value with a small swimming pool and upgrades. We’re getting older and really just want a cozy cottage. The sunroom has always been awkward, wasted space.
It’s unusual to go smaller with an existing home, so we can’t find any information. Before we talk to a contractor locally and the building office, we heard good things about some forums online and thought we’d stop by and see if anyone has some feedback to offer on our project. We would need a demolition permit, but we’d love to know your thoughts on this. The original structure was built in the 1960s as a cute cabin in the woods on a raised foundation with a crawlspace.