Sun Room: Screened Porch Gives Midwesterners Three-Season Use

This screened porch gives Midwesterners three-season use.

November 30, 2003
Pouring the concrete for this porch proved challenging. The rear of the porch is on the same level as the home's first floor, but most of the porch inclines below because of the slope of the land. Architect Kathryn Quinn used a wrought-iron railing (which also serves as a guardrail and handrail) to section off the elevated rear area, which she designed to operate as a serving/overflow area between the home and the porch. To minimize costs, Quinn and the homeowner opted to stain the concrete with a special acid " a first for Quinn " to create a unique flooring effect. Photos by Bob Mauer
Canada & Klein owner Jeff Cohen says adding a screened porch on an inside corner of this residence called for a "highly detailed, sophisticated" approach because second-floor windows dictated how high the addition could go. Steel and iron collar ties hold the 465-square-foot porch's cedar shingle roof together. A brass roof extension connects the porch to the home and stylishly complements the copper downspouts.

The porch's central feature is a wood-burning fireplace with an antique-looking brass screen. Custom-ordered limestone was used for the fireplace and its lintel to match a lintel in the home. In addition, the porch is wired for electricity.

This six-month project cost $175,000.


Lighting: Urban Archaeology


Remodeler: Canada & Klein Ltd., Winnetka, Ill.

Architect: Kathryn Quinn Architects, Chicago

Project location: Highland Park, Ill.

Age of home: 80 years

Scope of work: screened porch addition

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