Welcome to My Sun Room in Barbados

Welcome to My Sun Room in Barbados

Our new Barbados sun room was a project a bit quirky in the execution but sublime in its completion.

First, some background: Greg and I live in the St Lawrence Beach Condominiums where all 17 condos face the stunning blue Caribbean Sea. Each has a private outdoor patio overlooking the sea. Most are rented out to travelers who visit Barbados who lazily lounge on their patios as they listen to the rhythm of the small waves rolling onto the beach.

The problem for Greg and me was that we almost never went out onto our patio. When we go outside, we walk the local beaches and wonderful south coast boardwalk. When we’re home, though, Greg and I are not lazily sitting out on the patio; we’re working – inside. And so while visitors renting our condos will spend as much time as possible on the patio, we never did.

So we decided to enclose our patio and make it part of our living space.

Our outdoor patio at St Lawrence Beach Condominiums, Barbados

"Before": Our outdoor patio at St Lawrence Beach Condominiums, Barbados. We sat in those outdoor rockers five times, tops ….

As remodels go, this one was simple; I knew what I wanted: a pickled wood ceiling, hardwood floors, and – most important – absolutely fabulous windows.  From there I knew the furnishings, wall color, and drapes would be a snap.

I found the ab fab windows at Barbados’ largest window supplier, Oran.  You won’t find them on the site yet; they’re new to the island. When I saw them in the Oran showroom in Bridgetown, I knew they’d be perfect – and they are because they open like an accordion and – when they’re open there’s grand expanse to the outdoors. The beauty is having the option to either open or close the sun room.

The installation wasn’t easy, for the weight and size of the window frame. And we got off to a rocky start when two workers showed the first day at 9 and then informed me at 11 that it was too hot to work and left. I mentioned to the job foreman Mr Jordan that the poor darlings had become overheated and had to cut out at 11. I guess the weather cooled because they never found it too hot to work again.  (In fact, the workers after that were terrific, all good guys committed to doing first-rate work.)

The workers hoisted the 20- x 14-foot window frame up to our apartment using a rope.

The workers hoisted the 20- x 14-foot window frame up to our apartment using a rope.

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This looks like the classic one-man-working-while-three-watch, but it wasn't … each guy pulled his weight.

Ahh, install coming nicely!

Ahh, install coming nicely! The windows glide as smoothly as Peggy Fleming on ice.

Home from work, Greg admires the day's progress.

Home from work, Greg admires the day's progress.

Pre-drapes and art on walls ...

Pre-drapes and pre-art-on-walls … Even before completion I fell in love with the space. Those white leather chairs are from Dwellings in Barbados, btw.

Light yellow silk drapes and sconces (from DB Home in Barbados) make for a nice ambiance at night.

Light yellow silk drapes (custom) and sconces (from DB Home in Barbados) create a warm ambiance at night.

Pickled wood ceiling

Here's the pickled wood ceiling; the hardwood floor will be put down after the holidays.

Funny ... we never went out onto our patio because it was "too" outdoors; I'm in the new sun room, though, most of the day. This is where I work, where I read and where we have guests.

Funny … we never went out onto our patio because it was "too" outdoors. Now, however, I'm in the new sun room most of the day. This is where I work, read, and chat with friends who drop by.

Greg and I live simply but we’re deeply content with what we have in our life. Thanks for looking at our little project; it was a delight to have you visit.



5 Responses to “Welcome to My Sun Room in Barbados”

  1. Greg says:

    It’s a great addition, but it took Jane’s vision to see it through. Funny, it was supposed to be “my” room, but guess who took it over? Fortunately Jane’s daughter came to my rescue and fixed me a study to work in. Thanks, Rebecca!

  2. Oops, I forgot we had originally thought the sun room would be yours, darling. Just think “happy wife, happy life,” love, and move on.

  3. Kyle says:

    Don’t worry about it Greg, it happens. I’m sure Jane is willing to share :D C
    ongrats on your new project guys, hope you enjoy it for years to come. Jane has great taste by the way, I LOVE those chairs.

  4. WhiskiJack says:

    What a great site. Your site (and life) is very inspiring!

  5. Nicole says:

    Hi,
    Stumbled on your blog looking for information. I’m a single, 45 year old woman, with a 5 year old daughter. Thinking I want to give up my career in the financial industry and move to Barbados. I am wondering if that is crazy!? lol. I don’t have a lot of money, with a small pension, but wondered if I could find a job once there? I currently work for a bank which has a branch in Barbados.
    Any thoughts on a single mom with a small child, moving to BGI to start a new chapter?
    I’ve been there to visit twice and absolutely fell in love!
    Cheers!
    Nicole

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