Welcome to the 242nd Metamorphosis Monday!
Happy Monday! How was your weekend? It was beautiful weather here and you can definitely tell fall is on its way. The temps were really mild, even kind of cool at times. It was perfect weather for getting some outdoor projects done. I’ll be sharing those before too long. In the meantime I have a fabulous porch addition to share!
Between Naps on the Porch is now on Instagram!
Before we dive into today’s “Before and After” I wanted to mention that I’ve joined in the fun at Instagram. I had registered a year or so ago but never really did anything with it. I think I had one picture posted there and that was it. I finally took some time this weekend to check it out and even added a few sneak previews of what’s cooking on my front porch for fall.
So, if you’re on Instagram and you want to follow BNOTP there, just search for betweennapsontheporch. I love the idea of being able to snap a pic when I’m out somewhere and share it with you in real time, instead of days later on the blog.
Are you using Instagram? Do you love it? Any suggestions or tips?
A Beautiful Porch Addition for Met Monday
Recently, Rita who blogs at Panoply and I were talking about porches and she shared pictures of a beautiful porch addition she and her husband added to their home. This is the “Before” and as you can see, there was a small area where you could get in out of the rain but no real porch to speak of. Rita decided it was time to give her home a makeover, stepping up the curb appeal at the same time.
First came the removal of the old steps.
Construction got underway and a curved concrete and brick porch was added with a beautiful balcony overhead.
You can see in the photo below on the left, a new walkway was also added leading out to a parking pad.
The porch was added several years ago, so these photos were taken shortly after the porch was completed.
All complete and isn’t it beautiful!
Why in the world did we ever stop building homes with porches? I know, I know…air conditioning came into being and folks didn’t think they needed porches to sit on in the evening until things cooled down inside anymore. But what a porch does for a house is truly amazing, not to mention the conveniences they offer.
I’m so glad porches are making a comeback. They add so much curb appeal to a home and give your guests a place to stand out of the weather until you can get to the door.
They provide a covered, protected area for packages being delivered and they can be loads of fun to decorate for the seasons and the holidays. Plus, they just feel so welcoming!
Rita did much more than just add a porch. She said, “We created a landscaped yard, enclosed with high brick walls in rear, terracing to lower brick walls/custom aluminum fencing in front (we found quickly that a wrought iron sample rusted literally overnight outside and changed materials to aluminum. We had a fellow custom make the gates & rails.
We tied together the existing architecture of an originally built courtyard wall into the landscape walls, preserving both our privacy and extending the boundaries of our property on the adjacent city lot we own (converting it from a ‘field’ to a yard).
We ran utilities from the house to the yard for landscape purposes, both electric and plumbing. We also tied those to existing drains on the road, away from the house. For the concrete parking pad, we had drains created on each end of our pad, which were tied into the central city storm drain, which eliminated ponding of water from ours, and each neighbor on either side. We considered this one our ‘brilliant’ planning features.
For landscaping, we created curvatures to the otherwise angular architecture of the house and its front corner-to-yard and courtyard-to-yard entries. The main yard was created in the shape of a large teardrop. This allows for a natural gateway into the main yard. From the street, passersby can see just enough to get a glimpse, yet we maintain our privacy.
In our courtyard, we created a hot tub oasis. We took a portion of the grassy area and had a concrete pad poured, and trimmed it out with a herringbone pattern brick. The courtyard had an already brick section, in a running board pattern. We wanted something a little different, so as not to have too much of one pattern.”
Wow, that is a lot of great planning! Amazing all the details that go into a porch and landscape renovation! You really need professionals who know what they are doing when you’re undertaking this large a renovation.
Rita has a beautiful backyard oasis! She also shared another interesting detail about their adjacent lot. She said, “Another really cool thing about our renovation is that our land in the adjacent lot had NEVER been overturned, and we found many Paleo-Indian artifacts when our land was excavated. The Paleo Indians would have lived along our riverbanks more than 10,000 years before the present! It is amazing history, and I love, love, love those items. I have a bowl full of flint pieces that represent tools they would have used to clean hides, hammer stones, etc.
As for the present-day garden/landscape, our area was just rezoned by the USDA to zone 7a, previously 6, which means we are able to plant and grow [more reliably] southerly specimens such as crape myrtles, but original plantings of mine, such as birch trees (a more northerly specimen), had to be cut down last year.”
Thanks so much to Rita for sharing this wonderful Before and After…so inspiring and so many great ideas!
Looking forward to the Before and Afters linked for this Met Monday!
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Only link up Before and After posts that are home, gardening, crafting, painting, sewing, cooking, DIY related.
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