This exclusive Wayzata neighborhood featured lake views, paved bike/walking trails and mosquitos. Not necessarily in that order. It's one thing to have a spectacular view from a second story deck, as was the case with these homeowners, and quite another to be able to enjoy it without copious amounts of bug spray and a constant sense that you are the prey. So, they pushed back against the bugs and hired Murphy Bros. Design | Build | Remodel to create a porch that would keep out the insects and let in the breeze.
"They loved the view and access to the deck off their kitchen, but really needed something that would protect from the bugs while extending the months in the year that they could enjoy the connection to the outdoors," explains design/build lead Courtney Walker. So I suggested the Eze-Breeze® Screen Porch product that provides the perfect bridge between costlier 3-season porches with glass and your basic screen porch with little design or functionality beyond protection from bugs."
Murphy Bros. designers worked within their existing deck footprint to build a new screen plus porch with composite decking, vaulted ceiling for maximum light exposure and knotty pine trim. Add in a rustic stone gas fireplace with TV cabinet above and you've got the setting for a perfect afternoon watching wood & lake come alive in April or October.
Photography — Alyssa Lee
The homeowners were very particular about maintaining a nautical theme with one-of-a-kind accents. We suggested a re-hewn beam from the old Globe Elevator in Superior Wisconsin. Our Paint & Fine Finishing department head, Dan Flaherty, has invented his own process for hand distressing wood for cabinets and furniture. We often joke that some of the deeper marks he makes in his pieces must be done with his forehead. He says no, but we know his job is stressful and he's an artist, and, well, enough said.
Existing Conditions & Initial Progress
The 5-year-old exterior deck & railing was replaced with new Azek composite decking, Railcraft® Aluminum railing (Rideau Brown), and recessed LED lighting above and below porch were added. Using the existing support columns saved time and money. the patio stones on the lower level were protected with plywood during construction.
- Walls: Eze-Breeze® Screen Porch
- Decking: AZEK Dark Hickory w/flush screw head caps
- Hearth: Natural Stone Tamarack Ridge
- Cabinets: Oak, Bi-Folding Doors w/Magnetic Catches
- Railing: Railcraft Aluminum Railing
- Ceilings: Finish Pine Ceiling – Natural finish
- Interior Trim: Pine with natural finish
- Exterior Trim: Paint to match existing house trim
- Board & Baton Siding: Paint to match existing house
- Stain new TV cabinet & mantle
- Color: Stained to match beadboard ceiling (dark brown)