Hybrid Porch Remodel with Fireplace in Wayzata

Escaping the mosquitos in style!

Project Summary 

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 them from the bugs while extending the months in the year they could enjoy the connection to the outdoors," explains design/build lead, Courtney Cartee.  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 a TV cabinet above and you've got the setting for a perfect afternoon watching wood & lake come alive in April or October.

AFTER: Exterior view of Eze-Breeze® Screen Porch with stone fireplace & underdeck lighting

Before Remodel and Progress

Note: lighting was added to the ceiling underneath the deck was also replaced with knotty pine to match the porch above.

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 the porch was added. Using the existing support columns saved time and money. the patio stones on the lower level were protected with plywood during construction.

BEFORE: Existing Deck Plan
Proposed Porch Plan
3-D Concept


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.

AFTER: Hybrid screen porch cost with 3-season capability.
AFTER: Custom hinged cabinetry shows off the flat-screen monitor above hand-carved/distressed mantel.
AFTER: AZEK Dark Hickory w/flush screw head caps.
AFTER: Custom TV cabinet, stone hearth, and reclaimed lumber mantel from old Globe Elevator. Note the "Trunnels" or round tree nails in the middle of the beam.
AFTER: Eze-Breeze® venting unit configuration allows air flow in multiple configurations.

Featured Materials


  • Cabinets  Oak, Bi-Folding Doors w/Magnetic Catches


  • Hearth — Natural Stone Tamarack Ridge


  • Eze-Breeze® Screen Porch


  • AZEK Dark Hickory w/flush screw head caps


  • 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
  • New TV Cabinet & Mantle  stained to match beadboard ceiling (dark brown)

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