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Step-by-step instructions are simple to follow for building professionals and do-it-yourselfers

Elverson, PA - February 2006 - Vixen Hill, a leader in modular outdoor structures, creates cedar products engineered for assembly by the non-carpenter. Step-by-step instructions make installation by do-it-yourselfers extremely easy. The popular three-season porch system can be retrofitted into an existing porch or added as brand new front or back porch by following a few simple steps, with or without the assistance of a contractor.

"Our three-season porch system offers homeowners the best of outdoor living without leaving the house", said Christopher Peeples, President and Founder of Vixen Hill. "With a Vixen Hill three-season porch system, insects and inclement weather are kept outdoors without sacrificing the traditional open-porch feeling."

Carpenters and ambitious do-it-yourselfers can assemble both the three-season or open rail porch systems with ease. The product's modular design eliminates the complicated carpentry normally involved in this type of construction. Pre-assembled components (modules) are designed to require the minimum number of fasteners for an uncomplicated systematic installation.

Here's how:

1. To begin a new porch, homeowners should decide on the approximate dimensions of the desired porch, using 16" increments when possible. Then draw a rough top view sketch of the porch layout and note the desired height from the slab to the header beam and fax it to Vixen Hill (610) 286-2099. Vixen Hill engineers and designers will refine the sketch and determine the types and sizes of wall panels, posts and panel inserts that will be needed. For retrofit of an existing porch, be sure to give corner post center distances from the house and between existing posts.

2. Vixen Hill will return the revised drawing to the homeowner, outlining the precise porch system dimensions, location and measurements of the modules along with concrete slab dimensions. Homeowners could enlist a contractor to lay the concrete slab and build desired roof type: shed, hipped or peaked.

3. After the home has been prepped with slab and roof with temporary supports, mark the centerline location of the porch walls, using an X to identify the position of the post centers on the concrete slab. Next, install the corner posts, then those against the house. Trim the wall panels as shown and plug the panels into the posts using silicone caulk. Continue around the porch perimeter trimming the panels and installing the joining posts as the homeowner goes along.

4. Finally, insert screens, glass panels or other decorative architectural inserts and you're done. Now the homeowner's porch can be enjoyed most of the year instead of just fair-weather days.

ABOUT VIXEN HILL: For 25 years, Vixen Hill, nestled in Southeastern Pennsylvania between Valley Forge and Lancaster, has specialized in high-end, premium-grade Western Red Cedar products. Inspired by the picturesque views of the Pennsylvania countryside, a team of engineers and craftsmen design Vixen Hill's own unique line of modular gazebos, garden houses, pavilions, teahouses, porch systems, shutters, proprietary hardware and accessory products. The company's sales and design staff work directly with architects, builders and homeowners to find the perfect modular designs for their clients. Go online to the "Do-It-Yourself" studio to design, build and order custom units for assembly with or without the help of a contractor. To contact Vixen Hill for design assistance, learn more about their quality products or to request a catalog, call: 1-800-423-2766 or visit

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