Living in Minnesota, we all know how fickle the weather can be and how limiting a deck can be. But what if you could have an insulated porch to extend the use throughout the year and still have a deck for those golden Midwest days? This Chaska family now excitedly proclaims they use this space from “sunup to sundown enjoying morning coffee, reading, playing family games, and gathering with friends for an evening drink.”
Minnesota Life Is Great
In this neighborhood, backyards flow into each other which encourages interaction like lively baseball games and snowfort building with the neighbors. Designing to leave the roofline, existing house windows, and kitchenette bumpout intact; the new space fully embraces these elements to create the ultimate retreat and entertainment space.
The two-sided gas fireplace is definitely the featured attraction – whether inside or outside. Paned and trimmed windows, batten board ceilings, and luxury vinyl planking add a depth and warmth to the porch. Maintaining spots for the grill and a table on the deck fulfill the family’s desire for outdoor meals together. Even better is the deck area is now often shaded by the porch. Screened windows, ceiling fan, and gas fireplace all provide options to control room temperatures for year-around use. Minnesota life is good, very good, when you have a porch and deck combination like this to share with friends and family – no matter the weather.