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DIY Bloggers 'Chris Loves Julia' Upgrade Porch with Pella Doors


Project Scope

  • Type: Home/Residence
  • Industry: Trade
  • Location: Idaho Falls, ID
  • Age of Structure: Approx. 15 years
  • Area of Structure Involved: Kitchen, living room, dining room, master bedroom and addition
  • Window Materials Used: Wood

remodeled glass archway of architect series windows

remodeled dining room with architect series windows

table length view of remodeled dining room with architect series windows

double doors with glass panels in remodeled dining room

An Idaho duo who have a popular home improvement blog have transformed a dated porch into a chic dining area with the support of configurable Pella® French doors.

Chris and Julia Marcum, who have refreshed several of their family’s houses, said in a blog post they got started thinking about updates for the space they toured the home last summer. The couple said they saw using the expansive area to entertain friends and family as they get together for meals.

The couple said the room “added valuable living space and square footage to our home that we are excited to use year-round, but we definitely see summer dinner parties, with all the doors open to the patio and the flow from inside to out being magical.”

In its preceding use, the interior porch had a combination of doors—outdated brown French doors and sliding glass doors.

Today, most of the doors have been replaced with black Pella® Architect Series® Reserve™ French doors. Since this line features very customizable products, the Marcums were able to select the ideal door to complement their residence.

That space is now a modern dining room. A sleek appearance has replaced the outdated brick-and-brown décor.

While the room is big, it’s made cozier with oversized drum lighting fixtures and a luxurious double-sided fireplace. A floating credenza, oak dining tables and leather chairs bring together the look.

To find out more about the Marcums and their home renovation projects, visit their blog, Chris Loves Julia.

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About The Author

Adam began his career with Pella in May of 2000 in Seattle, Washington as a sales consultant for the local branch. Over the course of his career, Adam has held a variety of positions in Sales, Marketing, and Operations. Adam relocated to Arizona in 2004 with his wife and two daughters to join the Pella Mountain West team. His passion for the construction industry is driven by the ability to see both big and small projects develop from simple ideas to transformed spaces. He enjoys helping Pella customers learn and see how impactful our windows and doors can be to a home’s design, style, functionality and energy efficiency. Outside of work, Adam enjoys following his hometown Seattle Seahawks, listening to music, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Adam is also a proud former United States Marine and continues to apply the life lessons learned during his service.

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*Reduction in sound based on OITC ratings of Pella Lifestyle Series windows with respective performance package compared to a single-pane wood or vinyl window with an OITC of 19. Calculated by using the sound transmission loss values in the 80 to 4000 Hz range as measured in accordance with ASTM E-90(09). Actual results may vary.