In Minnesota, there are probably 5 days out of the year that are idyllic for sitting outside on your uncovered deck, in the direct sun, where you won’t suffer from heat exhaustion or blood loss from mosquitos in short order.
“So, you’ve got this beautifully manicured backyard to enjoy and no way to really enjoy it at your convenience,” recalls project manager Ben Murphy. “That’s what really drove this project.”
In any remodel the biggest question is always why? Why are we doing this project? What pain are we trying to make go away or a problem to solve? In this case, the homeowners wanted to dramatically extend their outdoor living enjoyment and do so without the cost of a 4-season porch addition.
“Our solution was a relatively new product called Sunspace, that takes those 5 good days on the deck and turns them into 9 months or so of comfortable living,” explains Murphy, “And for probably 25% less in cost and a traditional four season porch.”
Project Manager — Ben Murphy
Lead Carpenter — Ryan Whalen
Photography — Alyssa Lee
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The product uses a combination of adjustable bug-proof screens and clear vinyl window membranes to control airflow, heat, and weather. We also replaced the decking with Coretec Pro Plus Enhanced HD luxury vinyl plank flooring.
We tied the porch into the roof and painted everything to match the existing exterior color so the remodeled space would look as if it was part of the original build.
“Not all of these hybrid 3-season porches have additional heat sources, but these homeowners really wanted to see how many extra months of usage they could get so they added a couple of Infratech Comfort infrared heaters to the package,” explains Murphy. “I wouldn’t be surprised to find out they could be out there as late as early December or as early as late March.”
You have to ask yourself, would you rather have this be your "work from home office" or that dark corner of your basement? Yeah. We think so too.
- Roofing — Duration Shingle in driftwood color
- Flooring — 7" x 48" x 5mm with Enhanced Bevel, Gatehouse Oak
- Ceiling — T & G translucent whitewash finish
- Siding — Diamond Kote Color Oyster Shell
Ben Murphy was the acting project manager for this project and is also the Operations Director for Murphy Bros. Design Build Remodel.