Lino Lakes Screen Porch Retreat

Backyard mosquito sun bake turned bug-free shady retreat with style

Project Summary 

These homeowners were tired of baking in the sun on their hot south-facing deck in order to “enjoy” their backyard. They wanted a shaded living area that gave them a bug-free, a comfortable view with more privacy and easy access to their backyard and play area for the kids. But they didn't want a conventional slap on the side of the house kit or anything really that looked as if it were not part of the original home. The front exterior of the home featured the use of wide trim around windows and such. We noticed that architectural detail and incorporated it into the design of their screened in porch, stairs, and railing.

Matching cedar tongue & groove ceiling & decking, wide screen casing trim.


Exterior deck and bay were removed and new improved helical pier footings were added to support the weight of the porch. Notice the use of wide and white trim on the front of the home which was replicated on in the design of the porch.

Top down plan elevation
Side elevation
Before—showing elevated deck, support and long steps.


Note helical pier footing plates used in wet clay soil.

The use of aluminum railings in conjunction with the screens provided both safety and an architectural feature.

Interior looking out onto new porch.

One of the nice surprises for this family was the discovery of the extra feel of privacy inside the home at the kitchen table which used to be exposed directly to the neighbors just across the way.

Ceiling fan was added to the design to help maintain airflow and keep the porch cooler on humid days with no breeze. Ceiling is Western Red Cedar tongue and groove.
Arched design with wide trim adds just the right architectural touch.
Powder coated aluminum rail system, offers clean lines, safety and low maintenance durability.

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