A Breezy Porch in Summer, and Heated Living Space in Winter
Removable window sashes and a weather-ready floor provide a well-insulated room in the winter and a breezy porch in the summer.
Synopsis: Advances in building materials and mechanical equipment are allowing four-season porches to make a comeback even in places with harsh winters. In Minneapolis, designer Mike Neaton created such a porch through his use of unconventional structural framing, thorough insulation, removable windows, and a weatherproof floor that provides active and passive heating. Window pockets hidden behind removable panels provide in-room storage for the removable sashes without compromising on aesthetics, insulation, or structural support. As a result of these measures, the homeowners can enjoy their porch year-round without facing huge fuel bills.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a porch that would be comfortable regardless of the outside temperature? Here in Minneapolis, many of the more sumptuous houses built in the 1920s included heated four-season porches where their owners could stay connected to the outdoors. Later, not being able to afford those energy-hogging uninsulated porches during a cold Midwestern winter, most…