Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tiny House Porch Addition

There has been so much going on lately that I completely forgot to share pictures of the Tiny House's recent face lift. The project started last summer (before we purchased and even found the new house) and it was something I had wanted for a long time...a front porch!
This is what the front looked like before. Your typical 1960-70's brick ranch, complete with the obligatory yew hedge.
Just a small stoop and no overhang to protect guests from the elements.
The blacktop driveway had seen better days.
The first stage of the project was to have a new concrete driveway and porch slab poured. The front hedge came out and a we installed a jar bubbler fountain under the window.
Then the porch was built and we started laying out where we would lay the paver walkways. A local garden center drew up landscaping plans for us (many places offer this as a free service knowing you'll likely spend lots of money on the plants).
We love the craftman style and tried to incorporate a little of that into the design of the porch supports. We gave the drawings to our contractor and he did a wonderful job building the structure.
And here it is now. We finished up the painting ourselves to save on money and put in the rest of the landscaping.



I'd still like to get a few more plants in and a couple of chairs with pretty pillows on the porch, but its a definite improvement. I'm a little sad that I never got to enjoy it while I lived here but,we've still got a bit of work to do before it goes on the market and we're just a few minutes down the road, so I plan on sitting out on my new front porch every chance I get. :-)

13 comments:

Stephanie said...

I would love to move in. What a great transformation.

My Casa Bella said...

Beautifully done! We have the same type of rancher and I've always wanted to do that with the front of ours, but we have an interesting roof, it's Metal Shingles, basically a lifetime roof which is great but a problem when it comes to doing a seamless trasition from the roof to the added porch roof. Afraid it'll be expensive, but if we end up staying here then we may look into it.
Nice job!
MCB

KatyDidStitches said...

This is beautiful, Kimberly! We love Craftsman, too. I have quite a few pieces of Amish-built furniture in that style.

Enjoy your new porch while you can! I envy you. When we redid the front of our house, we made the porch a wee bit bigger...but there's still no room for a chair. So...when it rains...I STAND out there!

Stay cool...

Kathy

Lisa said...

Terrific addition. What a difference it made!

Valerie said...

Looks great Kim! It's amazing what a difference a small change can make! And I love that fountain, too.

KitschKrafts said...

I LOVE IT! What a great addition to your old place. We did the same thing with our den and only got to enjoy the remodel for a couple of months before we moved. I vowed we would not do that again, but it seems old habits die hard. I've been living with a pink striped wallpapered kitchen for 2 years now. wah-wuh!

GeorgiaPeachez said...

Night and day! So adorable cute. xo, suzy

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

What a wonderful addition! It is absolutely lovely. You should have NO trouble selling your lovely home...

Gina said...

That's a great addition that has made a huge difference! Very nicely done.

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

It doesn't even look like the same house with your front porch addition and landscaping projects! You must be absolutely thrilled with the results. Great job! :)

Deanne said...

wow what an amazing difference! your house looks fabulous now!

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

That is AMAZING! And I Love the landscaping and fountain! Great job!

abeachcottage said...

Its a great addition to your home. You did a wonderful job. Well done!