Stunning New Brighton Porch

Lets the sights and sounds in but keep the weather out


This retired couple had waited a long time to fix a whole host of outdated and inadequate aspects of their New Brighton home. Among the things remodeled in this whole house project were a complete gut and redo of the master bedroom, three baths, a walk-in closet and a front entry. But the main relaxation attraction for this couple was their new 3-season porch. Previously they had just a small wrap-around deck off the back of the home, ending at the bay window, which exposed them to an idyllic setting, along with plenty of mosquitoes and Minnesota weather. They loved the forested setting and wanted to enjoy the outdoors without being, well, in the outdoors. And with the unusually long, warm, dry fall, they’ve got the perfect solution—stunning on the outside, warm and cozy on the inside.

Project Lead — Jonah Smith • Project Manager Drew Johnston

Photography by Alyssa Lee


This is a 60 second video overview of the project.


Azek Vintage collection Harmony decking w/concealed fasteners presents clean & seamless



Continuous indirect LED rope lighting provides dimmable ambiance day or night.


The challenge with 3-season porches is to protect an unobstructed sightline to the outdoors while allowing for total control of airflow.


Notice the Solatube skylights in the center of the porch—one of nine added in this remodel to bring natural light to several rooms.


Code requires a railing system on elevated 3-season porches, which presents a potential viewing obstruction challenge. The solution? Feeney cable railing system. This porch also required siding and roofing to match the existing structure. Thick cedar shakes were used to match the existing roof, which will weather to match in a year or so.


                • Azek® exterior trim
                • Ipe wood sills
                • Feeney cable railing system
                • Monray® triple-hung windows
                • Solatube® skylights
                • Indirect dimmable LED lighting in soffit chase
                • Leafguard® gutters
                • Cedar shake roofing (to match existing)
                • Azek® Vintage Collection Harmony decking
                • Cedar bead board ceiling
                • Heavy duty insect screen



Worn cedar deck with obstructed view in background. Three windows on the right were removed to allow for new porch structure.



Notice new Therma-Tru entry door system with dual sidelight and transome window above, with extended roof line over-hang


Cat is real, posed for every pic we took in the bedroom


                • Marvin clad Pebble Gray arch-top windows specialty jamb-roll out screens, pine interior
                • Oak trim
                • Wall paint—Hirshfields 1266 Penelope



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