Monday, July 7, 2014

Before & After: The Front Porch

We had a whirlwind Open House weekend with lots of visitors (we even had Cheryl, our reader from Nova Scotia pay us a visit!).  It resulted in 7 offers and we are now under contract.  It's always so bittersweet - I'm thrilled for the new buyer, but it's so hard to tell the other 6 folks that they didn't get the house.

And now that we've had a chance to take a deep breath, I wanted to start sharing some of the before and after photos.  I thought I'd start with the front porch, because frankly, it was a dumping space for tools throughout most of the project and wasn't photo op worthy!  It didn't come together until the very last minute.  But it's a charming space.  It faces south east, so it gets the morning light - the perfect spot to enjoy a cup of coffee and the newspaper in the morning!

We made quite a few changes in this space.  We swapped the front door location with the window location.  Of course that changed the flow in the house, but also on the porch.  Now the front door can swing against the wall and you see the full porch when you enter the space.

Door & Window Before
Door & Window - During

Since it's such a cozy spot, we made it a multi season porch, by adding electric baseboard heat.  We also added additional insulation in the crawl space below the porch and installed new replacement windows.  With heated space above and around it, it should be much warmer!  And we added this lovely Restoration Hardware light fixture, to light it up as you come through the front door at night.
I found this wicker modular loveseat at IKEA, that's the perfect size for the space!  With a couple of throw pillows (Crate & Barrel), plants and a small table (IKEA), the porch is ready for its new owners!

Wouldn't you love to start your day in here?

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  1. Nice job. Looking forward to the next one.

  2. My previous old house had a east facing enclosed front porch. What an awesome spot for morning coffee. You have done a beautiful job on this entryway - love the floors!

  3. I am in love with all the houses you make over! I think this one might be my favorite though, that front porch is gorgeous!! I can't wait to see what you do next!!

  4. You are truly talented at what you do! I live in New Hampshire and I love would be a dream to own one of your homes someday.

  5. Thanks so much everyone!! We had a long debate on whether we should keep this as a porch or just make it part of the living room. I'm so glad we went this route. It's such a cozy spot!

  6. I love the work you do, what a great team you have. Wish you'd come out here to California and do a house for me!

  7. I love "watching" all the before & afters, but the grand finales are my favorites! Do the buyers have the option of purchasing your staging pieces? I think the decorating & staging are the icing on the cake!

    1. You guessed it! The buyers frequently want a few of the pieces that are in the house. Usually I can accommodate them, but occasionally it's a piece of furniture from my own home that I really need back. The thing that surprises me the most, people almost always want the stools at the kitchen island!

  8. Once again you have worked your magic! I love your vision and your execution...the final product always gives one inspiration for projects! Can't wait to see what's next!!


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