Front Porch (Phase 4)

The front porch is nearly complete! Now that the weather has been cooperating, even just a little, we have been SO busy!

We are just about ready for the painters. Do you feel like I've been claiming that for 3-months already? It's probably because I have been... 

But seriously this time, all of the major renovation projects have been completed, and the painters are lined up.

Now, we just have to wait for the weather to cooperate, even more. Not only is painting in the blistering cold miserable its also not effective. Did you know paints have a temperature rating? Who knew.

It might be April, but until my weather app says it's over 50 degrees were out of luck. John's parents, in CT, just had snow last weekend...

But, like I said, we've been plenty busy regardless!


Here's the latest run down of completed front porch projects, best told through our Instagram account, to prove were nearly done.

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Removal of the brick, side staircase
Check out this fun video of the process!


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Installation of the new, front staircase
Another fun video. Listen, this work is hard. We have to stay entertained or we'd go insane!

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Brick veneer installed on the concrete footing





Lattice apron built + installed

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Exterior ceiling fans researched + purchased

We needed two-matching fans for the porch, so we needed to make sure not to break the bank. We found these simple, exterior fans by Hampton Bay at Home Depot. We'll actually be using them without the light set, so you can disregard the center light accessory.

We'll wait until the painters are done to install it though.



Gutter run off/drainage system installed + buried


This will alleviate gutter and drainage pipes from laying on the front yard.



John checking his pitch!

Powerwashing the Front Exterior 

And to top it all off this past weekend, it was warm enough (in the sun, wearing 3 thick layers) for my Dad and I to power wash the front of the house.

We actually need to do a second pass, probably this upcoming weekend, but this was an awesome start.

Mom, cheering everyone on!

Dave, getting it done. 

Old paint flying everywhere!

Wet rats!


Considering all the hard work, the porch continues to look (ecstatically) pretty beat up. The power washing really took off a tremendous amount of old paint but this will further pave the way to the painters sanding and prepping.



John has decided it's best to sand and stain the porch floor decking last. It's a smart move! That way the painters won't run the risk of spilling on any new finish.

And speaking of finish, I've decided on a multi tone paint scheme with a darker stain, accented by the white ballasters.

More updates on the paint design coming soon...!


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