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Front porch ideas
February 4, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Hello everybody, I'm thinking of remodeling my front porch. Any ideas I could use?
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Can you post a picture of the entire front of the house? Then tell us your budget, what you like/don't like, and what look you're trying to achieve. It'll help users come up with ideas.
February 4, 2013 at 11:53AM     
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Agreed, you'll need to provide more details and photos in order to narrow down the infinite number of options that are possible.
February 4, 2013 at 12:24PM     
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arlys baker
Yep a full photo if possible
February 5, 2013 at 2:59AM   
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Marilyn Wilkie
maurice54, you are spamming this thread. Go away.
February 5, 2013 at 3:26AM     
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Yeh go away maurice54, what in the world is wrong with you
February 5, 2013 at 3:39AM   
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Rochelle Staffieri
Do you want landscaping as well as physical changes to the structure?
February 5, 2013 at 4:06PM   
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Not sure if the porch is framed in behind the windows or.... Please post more photos.
February 5, 2013 at 4:16PM   
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KTB Design Group
More info and pictures...also where the residence is located would help as well
February 6, 2013 at 6:29AM   
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Hope this helps, First I would change the blinds to curtains, They take your eye away from whatever you do. If not much money to spend I would clear the area under the window and then put in 3 very large pots (plastic looks real now and easier to handle) Place under the 3 boards going down the window that end without touching any thing. Fill with colorful plants. Add a couple of garden accents in the pots. Fill in around the pots with a color mulch.. I think this will draw your eyes to the window.
February 6, 2013 at 6:54AM     
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I agree with the former comment. The porch the way it is will look better with landscaping, blinds and potted plants beneath the window or colorful bushes. Based on the edge of the porch, railings with posts to match may enhance the view.
February 6, 2013 at 7:25AM     
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I'm a bit confused...Where is the porch?
February 6, 2013 at 7:33AM     
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From the picture the porch looks very small. So I was saying make it look bigger by adding the pots and mulch. Draw your eye across the front of the house and not stop at the entrance. I think I would also paint the front door a bright color to match the pots you get. That way it draws you in, and makes you feel welcome. I love to drive around town and see what people do to make their houses inviting.
February 6, 2013 at 7:50AM   
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i suggest :
1. use maximum glass for the facade with bevel cluster in the glass. Frame glass with rough wood and use antique green paint finish on the wood frame.The green finish will blend with the grass and enhance the beauty of the facade. OR
2. If you can remove the sloping roof and convert the roof into a cube look. That would ofcourse involve a lot of expense and restructuring.
February 6, 2013 at 11:31AM   
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I suggest new blinds, but I don't see a porch? Could you post a wider view of the house please?
February 6, 2013 at 11:53AM     
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Do you mean the porch that is barley a slice on the side of the photo?
February 6, 2013 at 1:19PM   
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Lilly nunes
Luis, deverias ponernos mas fotos No se logra ver la casa completa !
February 6, 2013 at 3:38PM   
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Rochelle Staffieri
Luis, How much freedom do you have to change things? Do you own this house? How much can you afford?
February 6, 2013 at 5:10PM   
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Lankford Associates Landscape Architects
Hi there,

I suggest adding to your existing patio and carrying it across the front of the house. Paving is less cost than decking and more durable. Try to eliminate the step and carry the surfaces level to each other but you want to slope away from the house 1/8" to 1/4" per foot to drain. You can use pavers for a do it yourself project or do it in concrete with stain or detailing to add dimension to the patio. Adding a bench under the window on the patio and then adding planting beds to wrap the corner of the patio and along the side will set the patio and house into the landscape. Changing the window dressing would be a good idea also. Try to bring the soil level with the patio so there is no step down. This will also help with drainage. Mound the plant bed to add interest to it. Be sure that the patio addition is deep enough to accommodate uses such as a small table or chairs. Good luck.

Scott Lankford
Landscape Architect
February 8, 2013 at 11:20AM   
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Jean Tuck
After refacing brick on corners, you may want to extend porch across whole front of home adding decorative rails, flower garden all along sides and front of porch.but low lying, and for myself I would have a couple annual bushes at ends to give a finished appearence.
White trims always set up good curbside appearences. Would love to see finished photos if thats ok?
February 8, 2013 at 5:28PM   
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arlys baker
The above comment is excellent and will value to your property. I would also get out the paint, it does wonders, so does a garden, New blinds/shutters would also make a difference. Your house has good bones, so you are lucky.
February 8, 2013 at 5:31PM   
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