Rate This Remodel: New front porch

Written By: Kathy Price-Robinson - Mar• 07•08

Richardsdowneyfront_2So what do you do if the front of your house has virtually no character? No charm? No distinction?

What if your front porch is little more than a couple of concrete steps and a slight extension of the roofline?

If you’re Arnie and Lily Richards, you take some action, as they did on their Downey home.

We met Arnie and Lily previously, when we visited their new DIY kitchen.

That project turned out so well that they decided to attack this other problem, the problem of nondistinction.

As you can see from the top photo, they designed and built a large porch with a distinctive roof, plastered columns and a tile deck with steps leading off the front and both sides.

How do you think they did with it?

My take: I say bravo to this couple for their initiative and energy. If this was my new porch, I’d replace those wooden (or wood-look) spindles and railing with thick stone-like columns and a wrought-iron railing. To me, that would be a killer look.

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One Comment

  1. Brent says:

    My vote: better than before.
    I think that getting rid of the looming ficus tree, the concrete block facing, and emphasizing the entry are all positives.
    I’m with Kathy that the railing doesn’t exactly fit the house.
    I think that the after shot uses the new tree (bravo) in the foreground to good advantage to de-emphasize how massive and heavy the new porch roof appears, a significant design flaw in my opinion. Maybe they were accustomed to the visual presence of the ficus and replaced it with the new porch roof.
    What if the porch ceiling weren’t boxed in and they went for more of an open-air feeling in the entry way?
    They also appear to have lost most of the foundation planting along the house to the left of the entry. Aside from the ficus, I sort of liked that aspect of the old design.

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