Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
I had been itching to re-do the front porch of my craftsman style home since we moved in, but a pregnancy put that on hold. As soon as my daughter was born and spring arrived, I started in on my budget, and therefore creative by necessity, front porch renovation.
The previous weathered cottage style deck was not working for me. I removed the railing and spindles and replaced them with horizontally laid cedar and railings. I had a local lumber yard rip 2x4s in half to get the dimension I wanted. I trimmed out the deck apron and stained it and the flooring all a dark grey. I initially thought I wanted to go with a black stain for the decking, and I am not sure if the choice I ended up making was the right one. There was some brick damage to the left porch pillar, so I hid it by simply wrapping the cedar strapping from the steps onto the pillar. The project took the better part of a week and a few random weekends to finish some details like pruning the Japanese Maple and replanting the previously overgrown garden. Now we get to relax on our covered porch, coffee in hand, and get to discreetly listen to the people passing by comment on all our hard work.