Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Portico Renovation

Our home was in desperate need of a face lift, both inside and out. The first picture shows what the house looked like when we bought it (original slate roof and portico, overgrown landscaping). The previous owners put the addition on the right hand side and enclosed the sun porch on the left. During the first round of improvements, we painted the exterior gray (comparable to Benjamin Moore Harbor Gray), removed the balcony from the top of the portico, planted trees and bushes and installed a brick foot path, new roof and air conditioning. 

The original exterior front
The updated exterior
Fast forward a few years, and we were ready to replace the leaky portico!  Not only was the original portico falling apart, it did not fit the scale of the house. To address this, we widened the brick landing by 18 inches on each side before building the new portico. We also installed a new front door, hanging light, window boxes, mailbox and hand rails. We are incredibly happy with the result!
Street view of the house with new portico, updated landscaping (cherry trees) and the brick path we installed a few years ago.
Expanded porch landing, new cedar railing
White 'Lancaster' window boxes from windowbox.com
Lucy lounging on the new stoop.
We went with the beautiful mahogany 'Newport' door from Clark Hall Doors to let more light into the front of the house. We painted Golden Groves from Benjamin Moore in a high gloss finish. The yellow is perfect with the red brick. Emtek 'Sheridan' hardware in medium bronze and Pottery Barn envelope mailbox. Boxwood wreath is from Garnet Hill.
Hanging lantern by Forte in royal bronze lights up the portico ceiling.
Emtek 4 inch house numbers in medium bronze.