Ideas to update the front of our rambler?

by Don11702789
Front porch is ten by ten and have thought about extending the porch
  7 answers
  • Landsharkinnc Landsharkinnc on Jun 23, 2018

    If you do extend the porch, with the roof you will cut way down on the natural light to those two windows -- but it might be worth it .. and if it's 'open' across the front - just a minimal railing -- with furniture/potted plants, etc. it would be lovely ..

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Jun 23, 2018

    First, you need color!!!! Next, you have a huge blank area that needs some attention - I recommend some tall plants or shrubs, maybe a small decorative tree. Also, the walkway goes nowhere-- that needs to be extended - and would make a perfect border for flowers or other landscaping. The porch looks fine but the house needs balance. It is very topheavy on the right side and needs attention on the left.

  • Gk Gk on Jun 23, 2018

    I think extending your deck would look wonderful. If you did not want to extend the roof on your deck because of the cost you could just extend the deck past the two windows and then have wide steps at the end. I would landscape in front of the deck- with flowers and small shrubs.

  • Jcraw Jcraw on Jun 23, 2018

    I think extending the porch would be lovely and eliminate the balance issue.

    Id love to see you copy the “fan” detail on the end railing for continuity and charm.

    I don’t know what it would cost, but I’d be tempted to price out installing a third window, even if it’s your garage. It would be so cheerful.

    While I’m spending your money, look into a ”delicate” pergola for that length. It wouldn’t really block the light. Your wood and construction choices should obviously complement your darling porch.

    Pinterest has tons of pergolas to “shop” ideas, and there are free exterior design visualizers online to play with.

    Have f7n.

  • Sally Wiese Sally Wiese on Jun 23, 2018

    What is behind this long spance? A room or a garage? Why not add another window even if it is the garage? I like the small dwarf tree too. It looks like the porch railing is tight up against the door. That doesn't look right either.I would like to see the entire front of the house.

  • Rockyroad Rockyroad on Jun 23, 2018

    Plant some taller plants on left side NOT in areas where windows will be blocked . Be sure to ck mature size of plants and allow enough room for space away from house and so windows won't be blocked in 5-10 yrs . Add colorful plants . Enjoy !

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Jun 23, 2018

    I think I'd put in some colorful shrubs first.....