It was last fall that the front porch addition was started…
it is done…
well mostly done…
Let’s pop back to the ‘before’:
Yikes! Our new house (a mid-century I was hoping to turn into a Colonial Revival) sure did have ‘asymmetrical issues’!
From the east of the front yard looking down the house:
It was a very long, narrow front walkway… basically no porch at all.
After we had an accepted offer on the house, before the actual closing, I spied this inspirational house in Maine:
Gorgeous, right?! I wasn’t going to be adding another story to our new house, but there was a lot to glean from this inspirational house. The biggest ‘takeaway’ for me was how they divided up sections of the long house and created symmetrical sections.
That was a ‘light bulb’ moment for me!
Applying that simple ‘rule’ so to speak, on the design for our new house, I started to work with the other issue of the long, narrow walkway. What the house needed was to have a porch jutting out from the house…
It needed to be a strong statement, visually speaking.
Rough sawn beams with gently curved arch supports would do the trick.
Here was my vision, I quickly sketched out onto paper:
The final plan got tweaked as it was being built.
That’s the good part of hiring a single carpenter as opposed to a whole construction company. The latter tends to want the finalized plan ahead of starting. Understandable… they could have half a dozen guys working at a time and it’d be super inefficient stalling them as design decisions were made. A single carpenter, or in this case 2 guys working on the porch aren’t getting it done as quickly as a whole crew, so there is more time to make design decisions during the process.
I’ve had a few requests for a porch update, so here is the front of the house today:
(still haven’t decided on/if the stump carving)
It was just about 11 or 12 months ago that the front porch was started. Then it got put on the back burner over the winter and spring as the cold winter sent my carpenter (s) inside renovating the interior.
Now, the porch is done, (mostly), the windows and doors are replaced, the lights are installed and I just finished painting the exterior of the house last week! Yippee!
Looking from the east of the property, because the front porch juts out, it doesn’t feel like a long narrow runway along the front of the house.
The rough sawn beams are from a sawmill north of here. Our local iron fabrication guy made all the iron support brackets for the porch beams.
The ceiling on the finished porch is beadboard painted sky blue, trimmed out with narrow strips of wood painted white.
The header space above the windows received a bit different treatment, a beam above the new double hung windows, and beadboard and trim above the existing bow window. Here is the post where I showed more detail of the windows and doors getting replaced.
When I started to paint the house white, I wasn’t sure about the cream colored brick on the front and side of the house. (it’s also on the chimney in back) But now that it’s done, I like the look of it as it is.
I had contemplated painting it dark gray, but after tediously painting the same style of brick on the fireplace inside on the fireplace surround… I was not looking forward to that quantity on the exterior!
We haven’t touched the landscaping in the front. I have plans, but alas ran out of time (and energy) this year. That will be a fun project to look forward to next Spring!
On a side note…
This is the stain and sealant I used on the beams for the front porch.
They are white pine beams, and though pretty with their knotty texture, the color was a little too ‘yellow’ for me. This light gray color sealer stain combo created just the right tone. I selected the semi-transparent stain sealer. The beams still look like natural wood beams. It’s not until you compare them to one that is actually unstained, that you can see how the stained ones have a softer gray tone to them. Here is the shopping link for the stain and sealer.
Another noticeable difference in the pictures back while the porch was being constructed and now is the wrapping at the base of the posts. Some of the posts were hidden under the porch skirting, but the 4 at the entrance to the front door, without the base wrap, showed the metal post supports… adding that wooden trim wrapped around each of those posts really ‘finished’ the look nicely.
The front entry now feels like a warm welcome as it juts out away from the house:
Oh… and the ‘mostly’ done part of the front porch addition???
You’ve maybe noticed it in some of these pictures…
The concrete steps to the porch:
It’s hideous! After the maroon carpeting was ripped off, the glue residue of a couple of carpet jobs was left behind.
The carpenter tried to grind the old glue off. That took a lot of work, (time=money) and he only got 1 step done… not worth it.
No one seems to have a good idea about it.
I could add more decking boards over it, but that would need nailing strips and the combo would add a bit too much height.
I could re-carpet it in a neutral gray color, like I did on the garage and back porch steps… but it does look kind of cheap, especially for such a nice porch.
The latest thought I had is to use a thin brick. (like this one we used on the brick pot rack at our last house) I checked with the manufacturer and it does say it can be used on a floor application like tile. I think I like that idea the best. Now to find someone available that can actually install it for me…
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