Stunning New Brighton Porch

Porches let the sights and sounds in but keep the weather out!

Project Summary 

This retired couple had waited a long time to fix a whole host of outdated and inadequate aspects of their New Brighton home. Among the things remodeled in this whole house project were a complete gut and redo of the master bedroom, three baths, a walk-in closet and a front entry. But the main relaxation attraction for this couple was their new 3-season porch. Previously they had just a small wrap-around deck off the back of the home, ending at the bay window, which exposed them to an idyllic setting, along with plenty of mosquitoes and Minnesota weather. They loved the forested setting and wanted to enjoy the outdoors without being, well, in the outdoors. And with the unusually long, warm, dry fall, they’ve got the perfect solution—stunning on the outside, warm and cozy on the inside.

This is a 60 second video overview of the project.


Worn cedar deck with obstructed view in background. Three windows on the right were removed to allow for new porch structure.


The challenge with 3-season porches is to protect an unobstructed sightline to the outdoors while allowing for total control of airflow.

Azek Vintage collection Harmony decking w/concealed fasteners presents clean & seamless
Continuous indirect LED rope lighting provides dimmable ambiance day or night.
Notice the Solatube skylights in the center of the porch—one of nine added in this remodel to bring natural light to several rooms.

Code requires a railing system on elevated 3-season porches, which presents a potential viewing obstruction challenge. The solution? Feeney cable railing system. This porch also required siding and roofing to match the existing structure. Thick cedar shakes were used to match the existing roof, which will weather to match in a year or so.

Notice new Therma-Tru entry door system with dual sidelight and transome window above, with extended roof line over-hang
Cat is real, posed for every pic we took in the bedroom

Featured Materials


  • Porch — Indirect dimmable LED lighting in soffit chase
  • Porch — Solatube® skylights


  • Porch — Cedar bead board ceiling
  • Porch — Indirect dimmable LED lighting in soffit chase


  • Porch  Feeney cable railing system
  • Porch  Cedar shake roofing (to match existing)
  • Porch  Leafguard® gutters


  • Porch — Azek® Vintage Collection Harmony decking


  • Porch — Monray® triple-hung windows
  • Porch — Ipe wood sills
  • Porch — Heavy duty insect screen
  • Bedroom Marvin clad Pebble Gray arch-top windows specialty jamb-roll out screens, pine interior


  • Porch — Azek® exterior trim
  • Bedroom — Oak


  • Bedroom — Wall paint: Hirshfields 1266 Penelope

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