31/01/2023

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Opening Up a Front Porch

Opening Up a Front Porch

When the residence at the stop of the cul-de-sac has not adjusted in 28 decades, it’s time for some front porch rehab.

This house belongs to Jeff and Eliese McAllister. The few, regarded as Lolli and Pop to their grandchildren, want to update the front porch on “Camp Lollipop” so their grandchildren can delight in their entrance lawn as much as their small children did while escalating up.

The porch is blocked off by tall shrubs and is way too slim for the couple to easily sit and look at their grandchildren participate in.

And which is in which we can support!


The Tasks

“Open concept” is not just for interiors! We’re opening up this entrance porch.

Opening Up the Entrance Porch

Removing the shrubs and handrails blocking Jeff and Eliese’s front-yard view is our very first large task.

We have to pressure-clean the property to create a clear slate to start off our do the job. Jeff and I clear away shrubs, with the aid of the couple’s grandsons, although Chelsea and Eliese tackle the handrails. 

This is what comes about when your wood is not handled ahead of portray or staining it.

For the reason that the wooden handrails aren’t treated, they are rotting absent. So, knocking them out with a sledgehammer is the very best way to open up the porch — and, possibly, launch some pressure together the way.

Just after getting rid of the handrails, we implement putty and sand the columns so it’s like they had been in no way there, to start with.


Restoring siding isn’t just a beauty correct it can avert greater difficulties afterwards on if the factors enter your dwelling.

Repairing the Shutters and Dormers

This curb appeal makeover needs more than opening up the front porch. We’ve discovered some problems that wanted quick fixes!

Very first, we fix the floor floor’s ruined shutters. Then, we get up on the roof to repair siding on the dormers. Of the 12 shutters on the entrance of this dwelling, just one particular set has a small wood rot. So, Jeff does not want to replace them all.

Given that none of these pieces ended up normal lumber sizes, we had to reduce them down on the table saw. Chelsea applied the aged items as a sample to slash new parts from the fiber cement substance.

A Woodcraft WoodRiver Normal Intent Carbide Tipped Saw Blade comes in helpful when you want to make custom cuts.

Thankfully, we had a new Woodcraft WoodRiver Common Function Carbide Tipped Noticed Blade. Matching the angles on the base piece was a minimal trickier, but after we primed the wood and put the items in place, it labored quite nicely!


This front porch is coming alongside, but it could use a lot more character. We will paint the porch to increase some.

Portray the Entrance Porch

Right after all the repairs ended up carried out, we place a fresh coat of paint on the siding, trim and entrance porch ceiling. The environmentally friendly shutters clashed with the crimson-tinted wood door, so we painted them gray to tone it down.

The painted pattern provides a pop of colour to this front porch.

The concrete on the entrance porch has viewed superior times. Alternatively of gutting the concrete, we painted a sample on it utilizing a stencil! It is a great way to give your concrete a clean look with no breaking the lender.

Look at “How to Stencil a Pattern on a Concrete Porch” for the action-by-step guideline and supplies checklist.


Spreading out the new flowerbeds adds to the open feeling.

Planting New Flowerbeds

Subsequent, we included some clean landscaping. Prior to, the plants have been also concentrated at the entrance of the porch, so we unfold them out to keep the open up room truly feel.

Last but not least, we place down a fresh new layer of pine straw to complete off the flowerbed.

We also:

  • Added tackle numbers to the porch column
  • Eliminated the intercom/doorbell
  • Put in a new porch light
  • Mounted soffit vents
  • Replaced the rocking chairs

“Today’s Homeowner” hosts Danny Lipford and Chelsea Lipford Wolf, pictured with Jeff and Eliese McAllister.

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This entrance porch rehab truly brings matters whole circle: Jeff and Eliese’s kids grew up listed here, and now they’re observing their grandkids develop here.

At a person place, the couple assumed about selling the home. But with this new front property, they are happy to be capable to continue to be in the residence they raised their young ones, and now, their grandkids as effectively.

And we did it all for just $1,200 in materials.




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