1892 Porch Remodel Protects Architectural Integrity

Turning an unusable porch into a brand new 130 year-old looking veranda!

Project Summary 

1892 was a big year. The “Nutcracker” premieres in Saint Petersburg Russia, Ellis Island opens as a US immigration station, and the Coca-Cola Company is incorporated. It is also the year this farmhouse was erected in the rural hills on the border of Chanhassen and Chaska.

“So, there’s a lot of architectural history to preserve in this porch remodel,” explains Murphy Bros. design/build consultant Theresa Mann. “Protecting the architectural integrity of this dwelling was most certainly job one.”

Originally the homeowner had a long list of improvements, including a second-floor master suite. But by the time we literally dug into the porch and its crumbling foundation, we realized some of that scope of work would have to wait.

Therefore, we limited the remodel to a new laundry room, a new 4-season porch with 5 Marvin Elevate double-hung windows in bronze, a balcony on top, featuring special Azek pavers, some cosmetic tuck-pointing of the brick façade and chimney, and waterproofing the basement.

BEFORE: Exterior of home facing east with white porch on right, entrance and stoop.

Before Remodel and Progress

BEFORE: The main floor space was solely an office and below was the dark and dingy laundry.


The overall goal was to improve the usability of the porch space, which was nothing but a junk collection site and too hot in the summer and cold in the winter to use.

3-D concept of porch/balcony exterior view corner elevation
AFTER: Laundry room, custom cabinetry. Paint color to match trim— Hirshfields’s Beacon Fog. Edge of office desk visible on left.
AFTER: 4-season porch interior. Appalachian Flooring Chene Rouge/ Red oak 2 ¼" Medici.
AFTER: Porch interior. Wall color—Sherwin Williams, Dover White SW 6385
AFTER: Appalachian Flooring Chene Rouge/ Red oak 2 ¼" Medici, Marvin windows.
The porch deck was constructed with Azek pavers, aluminum railings, and a hidden downspout incorporated into the design to maintain architectural integrity.

Featured Materials

Laundry cabinets: Square flat panel

Paint: Hirshfield’s Beacon Fog 0490

Balcony Railings: Aluminum Black & white combo with black spindles

Balcony Decking: Azek pavers

Windows: Marvin Elevate Double-Hung, cladding bronze, simulated divided lite

Siding: Hardie Board: Artic White

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