2023 Master Design Awards: Outdoor Living — SILVER

by Emily Blackburn

Hogan Design & Construction

Geneva, Ill.
hogandesignandconstruction.com

Living with the ups and downs of Midwest weather, their clients wanted to create a covered porch addition designed to maximize their time spent outdoors.

For the exterior, the porch needed to blend into the existing home design seamlessly, matching the look and feel of the unique roof lines and architectural elements of the home. The clients wanted the space to be open to the outdoors but still usable during the cooler months so large remote controlled phantom screens were installed to open the space to the elements, weather permitting. Additional permanent screens flank the fireplace and a screened door leads out to the outdoor dining patio.

The biggest design challenges to completing this project were finding and selecting the right brick and the roof’s shingle and metal materials to match the existing home and designing a structure that integrated into the unique roof lines and architectural elements of the home. The designers worked to find a brick that looked identical to the homes exterior and new shingles and metal roofing materials were found and despite the main building’s roof having had some fading due to weather and aging were able to match.

The biggest construction challenge was relocating the gas and electric meters which involved working with the local utilities to manage the disconnection and then relocation outside the porch space. The project also required relocating the HVAC and relocating a living room vent to allow for the new exterior door out to the porch.

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