Blue House

Front Porch Planning

April 10, 2015

The master bathroom is slowly moving along. In the meantime, I’m already gearing up for my next big project. The front porch has been on my list for quite some time, and I think you can probably understand why by looking at the photos below.

This is what I see when I look out my front door:

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And this is what guests see when they arrive:

Front Porch Planning at BetweenWeekdays.com2It’s not a pretty sight. It’s no wonder I keep my front door closed.

There are some obvious problems like the leaking gutter that has stained the porch.

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Add to that the chairs that were handmade by Travis’ dad: they were never meant to be in the weather.  Plus the overall grime. And the ugly floor color.

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If you think that’s bad, wait until you see the porch from below.

Front Porch Planning at BetweenWeekdays.comThe area underneath the porch is completely visible thanks to the lattice and lack of risers. You can’t tell in in this photo, but there’s a ton of debris under the porch. It is bad my friends, and I’m embarrassed to even show you.

So, what are the plans?

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  1. I desperately want to remove the lattice and add deck skirting. I’ve done some research, and vertical skirting seems like the easiest fix for our problem. I’d probably paint it the same color as the house, or I could match it to the porch floor.
  2. I have some concrete planters I plan to use in front of the sidelight windows. They aren’t quite as big as in the inspiration photo, but I think they’ll work well.
  3. I would absolutely love to remove the horizontal balusters and replace them with something prettier. The X pattern in the inspiration photo rocks my world, plus it would greatly reduce the amount of wood I have to paint. 😉 This one probably won’t’ happen, but it’s nice to dream.
  4. Our entire front walkway needs lighting, but these lights seem like a pretty fix for the front porch. Plus, they aren’t terribly expensive.
  5. Risers would hide all the grossness underneath our porch. This is a no brainer.
  6. We need seating! Rocking chairs would be lovely, but I’m not sure if they could survive the weather. Either way, a seating area will be nice.
  7. Additionally, I need to pressure wash the entire porch area, strip the existing stain, and give it a new coat of stain. The handrails, risers, and balusters all need a fresh coat of white paint. The gutter also needs to be repaired.
  8. Landscaping may or may not be done this year, but I think I can at least manage to kill the weeds.

I’m planning to kick off this renovation soon! It’s already warm enough to pressure wash, and that’s first on my list! My goal is to get as much done in the hot, summer months as I possibly can.

All comments are encouraged and appreciated!