A Beautiful Front Porch Renovation

Welcome to the 169th Metamorphosis Monday!

Michael blogs at the wonderful blog, Rattlebridge Farm, and recently she bought a new home.  She’s currently in the middle of several renovations, both inside and out.  For this Metamorphosis Monday I’m excited to share the front porch transformation that’s underway.

This is how the exterior of Michael’s home looked when she first purchased it.  She appreciates the quality of a brick home but prefers the look of painted brick.  The existing brick porch overwhelmed the entrance area making it dark and giving it a tunnel-like feeling.

Michael is pulling inspiration for the new design of her home from several sources.   This home’s front porch below with its wonderful railed balcony and columns is the look she is going for with her new porch design.

Source: Shutterstock

Inspiration, can come from anywhere, even a Dept. 56 house.  I had to smile when Michael shared this pic with me as one of her inspiration pics, because I adore that darling little house, too.

You may remember seeing it in this Christmas table setting I put together for our Christmas dinner in 2009.

Michael liked the layered molding around the top of my front porch addition detailed in this post:  Porch Addition.  She also liked the color red I chose for the door:  Benjamin Moore, Heritage Red.

This beautiful porch in a Pottery Barn ad also served as an inspiration porch for Michael’s renovation.  This door makes me want to remove the brass kick plate from mine.  I love my brass kick plate, but I think my door would look longer without it.  I love the sidelights on either side of this PB porch…would love to add those on either side of my door.  Wonder how expensive that would be?  See how these inspiration pics lead to big trouble! πŸ˜‰

Pssst:  If you like the look of the garland, you’ll find a Pottery Barn knock-off garland tutorial, HERE.

Source: Pottery Barn

The old porch was removed and the new porch addition got underway.  For her new porch, Michael enlisted the services of Mike Cox with Cox Construction, Inc.

Notice the area above the porch roof where the outline of the old porch is visible.  That area will receive three new windows…a center window with narrow windows on either side.

The center window is going to gorgeous.  Michael described it this way: “The window over the door will have a spider arch-in-a-square design and beneath it, the window will have a bulls eye grille. The two (soon to be ordered and installed) smaller windows beside the center one will have the bulls eye pattern. We are replacing the sidelight with beveled glass and a bulls eye grille. I have a crude drawing, which I will also attach. The rest of the windows will have either a farmhouse grille or the bulls eye. We are going to try one of each.”

Between removing the imposing brick porch and adding the windows above, the entry will become much brighter and open.  Going to be beautiful!

Here’s a better view showing the progress on the new windows.

Michael tested out some soft, gray-white colors for the brick.  Ultimately she chose Sherwin Williams, Tennessee Limestone from the Nashville Collection.

You can see Tennessee Limestone painted here on either side of the front door.  The shutters will be painted either black or Charleston Green.  Below you’ll see where Michael tested various colors for the front door.

Her final choice: Benjamin Moore’s Heritage Red.

I love the arched doorway and gorgeous fanlight…so beautiful!   This Met Monday post is a bit of a cliff hanger because this transformation is currently underway as we speak.   Michael said, “The window above the porch has to be installed before the railing. Two smaller windows will be installed on either side of the present window (over front door).  First, the window company will make a sketch (1-2 weeks), and then they will make the grilles and the 2 small windows (about 2 weeks).  However, I believe the house will be painted while we’re waiting. Work on the foyer will continue this week.”

The porch is just the beginning.  Lots more renovations are planned and some are already underway, including the entry.   I can’t wait to share Michael’s plans and all the beautiful renovations as they occur over the next few weeks and months!  Michael, thanks so much for taking us along on this journey!

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  1. Karah @ the spacebetweenblog says

    I never used to like painted brick, but I really love it now! Great upgrade. Thanks so much for hosting another great party! Karah

  2. Martina @ Northern Nesting says

    Thanks so much for hosting Susan! GORGEOUS home, I just love the transformation!

  3. Beautiful changes at Rattlebridge Farm, Susan. It will certainly be a showplace, with Michael’s fabulous touch.

  4. Marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says

    Oh what a lovely house and the changes are going to be stunning. I can’t wait to see it all finished. Hugs, Marty

  5. black eyed susans kitchen says

    Good pictures Susan. We also love a red door…it is so inviting. I can’t wait to see the final result.

  6. Jennifer @ Town and Country Living says

    Can’t wait to see the finished porch. How exciting! Thanks for hosting.

  7. Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures says

    This home is beautiful even in the “before” picture. I’m sure it will be an amazing transformation and a real show stopper. Thanks for hosting Susan:-)

  8. Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com says

    Gorgeous home! Thanks for sharing!!! XO, Aimee

  9. Carla Aston says

    Thanks for hosting! Looking forward to seeing the transformation on the porch above.

  10. Laura from Top This Top That says

    What Stunning home. Looking forward to the final outcome. Laura

  11. Alderberry Hill says

    Thanks for hosting…have a great week!

  12. Susan, That is a gorgeous home!Great feature.Thank you for hosting. Anne

  13. Okio B Designs says

    Can’t wait to see how the porch comes out! Jeanine

  14. Envoy-ette says

    Oh my goodness…what an improvement! Amazing what color can do to life a home’s spirit! Thanks for sharing. That was a BIG MM!

  15. FABBY'S LIVING says

    Wow, can’t wait to see how the porch turned out! Yeah, and also the rest of her renovation plans. Thank you for hosting one MM, where I have before and after decorations myself, and am so excited! Have a great week Susan. FABBY

  16. I can’t wait to see that porch transformation, that will be an amazing before and after. ~Bliss~

  17. Cannot wait to see Michael’s house when the porch re-do is completed – it’s already looking all sorts of gorgeous!!! I linked up my *back* porch re-do today πŸ™‚ Hugs ~ Mary

  18. Oh so pretty! and thank you for hosting! Have a great week, xox

  19. Wow! What a glorious porch makeover this will be. Who doesn’t love a beautiful porch? Thanks a bunch for hosting MM! Jane

  20. How beautiful her new house is. It will look fantastic with the changes too! Thank you for hosting! Sherry

  21. Cottage and Broome says

    Love the beautiful new house! Thanks for hosting again this week, Laura

  22. Can’t wait to see that porch! Thanks for hosting!

  23. Cindy (Applestone Cottage) says

    Very nice, the red door is perfect and this home will be a showcase! Love to see these transformations! Cindy

  24. Maria Elena says

    Beautiful house! I know it is going to be stunning when it is all finished!

  25. I can tell the porch is going to be beautiful. Thanks for hosting.

  26. How to Nest for Less says

    Happy Monday!! I can’t wait to see how the porch turns out. SO EXCITING!! And thanks for hosting again. Hope you have a fabulous week πŸ™‚

  27. Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest says

    Typical author with a major cliff hanger……how oh HOW are we going to be able to wait? That is a huge renovation, I was thinking why would Michael want to change that amazing exterior……..but I can see where this is leading and I am lovin it…….whoo hoo!!!! What a stunning home.

  28. The Cottage Market {Andrea} says

    As always my friend — thank you for throwing this wonderful party!!! sending hugs…

  29. SheilaG @ Plum Doodles says

    Gorgeous home, can’t wait to see the final transformation. Thanks for hosting the party. πŸ™‚

  30. What a wonderful project. Beautiful house, will even be more beautiful after it is done…Christine

  31. Confessions of a Plate Addict says

    Wow, Susan! That’s going to make a huge difference! Can’t wait to see the final reveal! Happy week!…hugs…Debbie

  32. injoyinmylife says

    What a beautiful home. The changes are going to be terrific. I can’t wait to see the finished product. Thanks for sharing it. Now I will be following her blog.

  33. Green Willow Pond says

    My that is going to be a beautiful porch! Thanks for hosting the party. Have a lovely week! Deborah

  34. lauren @ West Furniture Revival says

    Thank you for hosting the house is beautiful. I cant wait to see the foyer done!

  35. Thanks for hosting! Can’t wait to see the house when it’s finished. I also love red doors, I’ve always thought they were classic. Susanne

  36. Cyndi βœͺ Blue Star says

    Another awesome party is well under way! Thanks!

  37. Shirley@Housepitality Designs says

    Michael’s home and property is just beautiful…I have been following her renovations…I love how she opened up her entry wall on the inside…Her porch reno looks fantastic and a great decision to paint the brick…Michael is a very talented person…Her talents are so diverse and yet she excels in each one…over the top talented and creative!….Thanks for presenting her beautiful front porch…can’t wait to see the final results.

  38. Lynn @ UpCountry Olio says

    Oh I love a good exterior remodel, I hope you’ll be showing us the finished project. So I can’t believe I have somehow missed adding the cute Dept 56 house to my colletion. I’ll be on the look out for one.

  39. Neo Anderson says

    Endless list of Interior accessories. So beautiful they are. I would love to decorate my house with these things. IBC Containers

  40. I can’t wait to see the finished front porch. It is going to be gorgeous. Thank you for hosting.

  41. Thanks for hosting, glad to be back this week to party!

  42. Oh Susan! Where’s the link to the finished product? I have to see how Michael’s porch renovation turned out!! πŸ˜€

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