Three years ago when we bought our house it was seriously lacking in the curb-appeal department. After the initial “cute!” impression wore off, you quickly realized that the deck was out of level, the front window was broken, there was dirt piled against the siding, huge trees were growing just three feet from the porch, and the roof was rapidly heading toward failure.
Two years ago, we hired out some structural work and a new roof. While this greatly improved the “bones” of the house, the corbels were destroyed in the process and some of the front shingle siding was removed.
One of our summer goals was to restore the front facade of the house to better-than-original condition. To that end, the following changes were made:
- Rigid foam was applied to the exterior front wall.
- Three front windows were replaced with insulated double hung windows of the same style and proportions.
- A new door was hung.
- Upgraded corbels were built and installed.
- The porch floor structure was leveled and a new deck installed.
- The porch ceiling structure was leveled and historically accurate soffit was installed.
- New cedar shingle siding was installed.
Only the front of the house was painted as there are still windows to replace and siding to fix on the other three sides. The porch was finished with a solid deck stain which was color-matched to the dark brown trim color. The primary trim color in these pictures looks white but its actually a creamy color. Our next front yard project is to finish digging out those stumps so we can put in a more appropriate sidewalk.
I am very pleased with how the colors turned out. I still catch myself staring at the front of the house as it looks so odd after three years of a big dirty white mess. This next picture renders the colors a little more cool than is accurate. The small rectangles on the front pillars will eventually mount porch lights.
Our front door had to be custom ordered from Rogue Valley because it was so narrow. The doug fir door arrived unfinished, leaving us with intimidating process of applying stain and multiple coats of spar varnish. In combination with the new facade and fresh paint, I think we have a pretty welcoming front porch for the first time in years. Just don’t open the door … it’s all saw dust and project mess beyond.