A New Front Porch

Ever since I moved into my house I've wanted to tear down the front porch and rebuild it.  First because it was tiny, second because it was uncomfortable to use and third because it was not scaled appropriately for the house.

I was thrilled to bits when everything came together this year to deliver the very porch I'd been dreaming of!!  I didn't have time to build it myself but the contractor, the price I could afford and the timing all worked out beautifully, it was one of those "meant to be" scenarios.

Tah daaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!




Now I have a decent landing at the door as well as an easy step up from the driveway to the house.  I still have some trim work to do and the landscaping, but this is so much better!!  Instead of a step up to the deck, I created a cement step using 4x4 timbers and gravel to level the ground underneath the pavers. This will be easier to maintain for me and much easier to shovel (and we get A WHOLE LOT OF SNOW here).

This is what the porch used to look like (shudder!)


It was really difficult to balance groceries, my purse, my keys and those doors!!  Notice, too, the position of the mailbox.  You have to leave the house to check the mail!

My beautiful new deck!!  That extremely tall shutter may look a little odd, but it is hiding all the conduits and electrical stuff that feeds into the house (super super ugly stuff - see below photo)


Isn't that lovely?  NOT.   So extra tall shutter it is.  I know, it needs something else to detract from how tall & skinny it is.  I'm open to suggestions....

Plus my new sign got moved.  It was too tall & skinny too.  The two tall & skinny things together did not look cool.




 I built that rustic bench over the weekend for $8.  Click HERE for the full tutorial,

Thanks for visiting.  Pop by for coffee some time!  We can enjoy a cup here, in comfort :).


Oh, but before you go, check out all the before & after shots I took.

The porch again, earlier this summer:


And now:



Have a great one!

36 comments:

  1. I love it!!!! What about a picture of the inside? I love the tall shutter. Don't touch it. Remember outside of the box....
    Barbara

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    1. Thank you! The inside is being made over too. My house is in constant flux!!!

      Thanks for your sweet comment xox

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    2. If you want a treat, go back through the blog postings, and you will see the many transformations of some of the spaces inside. There has been a lot going on. I should know...I think I went back to the beginning of the blog. Anne does some nice work! Enjoy!

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  2. What a HUGE difference! I love it, it must be so much more functional now too! The cool place you have for an awesome window box now on the front of that railing, perfect! I think I would paint the tall white shutter to be the exact same colour as the siding, make it blend into the house. WOW you rock!

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  3. Wow!! You've created a whole new space and you've got to be loving it. Are you sitting out there, like, all the time now, LOL. I like Laurie's idea of painting the shutter a similar color to the house, but, could you paint the pipes and such the same color as the house? I think I've seen that, though it might not be code. Your sign looks so cute in it's new spot, too. Lookin' good, Anne!!

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  4. absolutely gorgeous..what a fun little hang out area...HUGE DIFFERENCE!!! LUV

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  5. I love the tall shutter and Laurie's idea for a window box on the porch railing. Very pretty house!

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    1. Thanks Kim! I'm so excited about the possibilities!!!

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  6. Anne, it looks amazing! I love the tall shutter too!. Makes a huge difference in the look of your place too! Loving your door/gate on the side entrance to the yard!. Awesome!

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  7. That is just beautiful Anne! Look at all the new space you created for decorating too!

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  8. Holy cow, that looks SO much better! I bet you're happy and now you can sit out there!

    Tania

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  9. Anne, it looks so good and makes the space look larger, more open. Can't wait for the bench tutorial.

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  10. Love it!! It all looks so good! The tall shutter it's OK, I didn't noticed it until you talked about it, it's like part of the window.

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  11. I'm thrilled for you over your new front porch and deck. My daughter has a tiny front porch like your old one, and I've been almost knocked right off it by her heavy storm door a few times, so I know how nice having more room there is for you. And having a place to sit and watch the world go by under that gorgeous tree is priceless. Yay for you!

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  12. Anne I love it and you are amazing. I think that shutter adds so much charm for whatever reason it is there, perfect touch!!!

    Cindy

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  13. I love your new porch and couldn't help noticing the old door used as a gate on the side of the house.

    In my SoCal weather, I can leave furniture on our porch year round. Will you have to move all of your furniture off the porch when the cold sets in?

    GREAT JOB!

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  14. It looks great and makes a huge difference to the front of your home. I love how you added the lower part to accommodate a seating area and a place to decorate for the seasons.

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  15. Wow...I love it! I also like the tall shutter. Looks nice to me and then on further reading, I learnt that it was functional. Very creative - double kudos.

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  16. Your new porch looks wonderful, it must make you smile every time you return home! I will look forward to seeing how you made the bench too! Sarah x

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  17. It's beautiful Anne - LOVE that it's 2 levels - and love how you decorated it - what a huge difference !!!
    Congrats !
    xoxo

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  18. The little bench by the door is just a perfect place to sit your packages when coming home from shopping. Love your sign too. The tall shutter looks great and would look pretty with a seasonal round wreath on it.
    Way to go Anne.
    Hugs,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  19. Love it all, Anne! The new porch and deck look so much better and more practical. The bench and shutter look very inviting.

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  20. Anne your new porch looks great... I love that you made it two levels! Great idea with the shutter! Love the color of your front door too!

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  21. Wow and wow!!!!...Love your new porch area....love the configuration of it....you managed to combine a "front porch" and "deck" in one!...I love your wonderful artwork and that shutter was a great idea to hide the "mechanicals"....jaw dropping gorgeous Anne!!!...you must smile every time you drive up to your beautiful home!

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  22. What a difference! The little sitting area is so welcoming, and it will be so much nicer to bring in the groceries! (not that that is the purpose!) Great curb appeal! Good save in using a long shutter to hide the "not-so-pretty-necessaries". I had a vision of softening that area with a curtain. That would be really cool, but not exactly something you can do outside on an on-going basis. You will figure it out...you usually do! Great treat to see this. Thank you!

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  23. Using that shutter is brilliant...and the whole thing makes your home so welcoming. Good job!

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  24. It's beautiful! I know you're so happy to have it. I wish I could sit and have a cuppa with you.
    Brenda

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  25. I love the little platform you added to the bottom- such an adorable little deck. Adds so much character to your exterior Anne!!

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  26. WOW!! That turned out really cute. Love the color of the bench. Great job!!

    How about hanging an outdoor wreath on the tall shutter (which by the way ~ I like it there)

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  27. Looks great, Anne. I'm sure you're thrilled with the results. Adding the additional deck for the seating was brilliant. The shutter works, as it matches the style of the smaller shutters on the windows. I guess the utility company can still read the meter okay, right? I like Laurie's idea of adding window boxes to the railing. Congratulations on a super job. xxx ~ Nancy

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  28. Looks so much better! Love your cute, little touches on the new porch :)
    xx
    Mila
    milawayable@gmail.com

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  29. I love your porch. I have a very small/tiny front porch. It is impossible to put any kind of seating on it. I am happy you got your wish.

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    1. Thank you Trish! Aren't small porches such a drag?? I'm so happy with my new porch!

      xox

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