I went to university in a small town, with many beautiful old homes. I remember one day while driving around with my dear friend Adrian we were admiring the gorgeous old porches in the neighbourhood and commenting on which were our favourites. Within minutes the word “porch” began to sound really weird and we were almost convinced we were saying it wrong. LOL… have you ever had that happen? Suddenly a word morphs on you and out of nowhere if you say it too much it almost sounds foreign!
So that was 17 years ago, and I still think of that drive every single time I say the word PORCH. haha.
Seriously… say it three times in a row and TELL me it doesn’t start to sound odd.
My current porch situation leaves much to be desired. Here’s the house as it looked when we bought it in 2008:
It looks pretty cute, but it’s really tiny and like everything else around this place, we are pretty sure it was slapped together about 14 seconds before the “for sale” sign went up. Within a few months of moving in, the patterned stones were all coming loose (and tripping people) and the spindles were literally falling off. And don’t even get me STARTED on that awning/overhang/whatever the hell that garish thing is called. What IS this thing?!?
I guess none of these things were a big enough deal to make us jump into action right away. Or over the next six years, for that matter. I would share a photo of what our porch currently looks like, but I think my husband would literally die of embarrassment. Literally.
It’s really not that bad, but I’m pretty sure that this is what he sees when he looks at our house these days:
So things were not looking good for the porch as it was, and then a month or so ago I had a little accident that really didn’t help the situation…
I shared the lovely post about this incident HERE… but essentially I was taking my sofa tables out front to stain the wood when I lost my grip on the can and down it went.
Things need to happen now. We can’t just leave it like this, although I admit I was tempted to just buy more stain and cover the whole darn thing for now! But that’s kind of a ridiculous solution, and my husband has been wanting to build a proper new porch – veranda, if you will – for years. We do have a home that is 70 years old, and with all the problems it has, it also has tons of character. This place would lend itself nicely to a very traditional style, which is exactly what we’d love to do. We have a very large front yard and our house is set nice and far back from the street. If we fence it in like we want to, it would actually be a great place for us to hang out!
Here are some dreamy versions that we have tucked away in our wish list:
While I love the stairs in the first photo, my husband would love to have the porch stretch across the front of the house with steps coming down the middle. He wants to build a stone path that curves through the centre of our yard down to the sidewalk.
These are just a few of the ideas we have, but the fact that my husband is pretty handy combined with his family business that does gardening and landscaping, I think we could pull it off! I’m not sure if it’s worth the money and effort to make such a big change… he says it would add enormously to the curb appeal though, and would make a big difference when it comes time to list.
I guess even if we spend another year here it would sure be nice to enjoy it ourselves before we go. Although we’d likely end up staying here longer… I’d hate to add such a beautiful space and then sell right away! What do you think? Should we go for it?