It’s been about a year and a half since ryan + I bought our current home and I am quite proud of the updates + improvements we have made in this relatively short time. While some are not visible to the naked eye (adding a sprinkler system, installing air conditioning) others have made a more noticeable impact, like investing in window treatments for the entire home and installing new lighting which I shared back in june of 2015.
Now, I will admit, our bungalow was practically torn down to the studs + renovated before we moved in so, there was not a laundry list of ‘projects’ to complete inside. More or less, there was just a lot of room to personalize the home to our aesthetic. However, the landscaping of this house was an entirely different story. We tackled our backyard last summer by installing a pergola over our patio and adding some bushes + small trees to soften the space but we barely touched the front yard.
Over the past few weeks we have made a few updates that I wanted to share to show our progression. While we have a few more projects up our sleeves, I am quite pleased with seeing these before + after photos. Below is a list of the updates we wanted to make to our front porch…
- change the iron rails and close in the space with spindles
- paint the trim + front door
- install a screen door
- remove all the peeling paint from the cement floors + stairs
- add flowers
When we had our pergola installed last summer, we also had the landscaping company tear out the awful iron rails on our front porch. I am pretty sure they were original on our 1958 home and while they were doing a good job of holding the roof up, they were not doing much for our curb appeal. We used the same rich cedar from our backyard pergola to update our front porch. I made sure to have the spindles positioned a couple inches off the ground to allow for rain/snow melt-off which was one of my biggest complaints about our last home’s porch.
Since the moment we bought our home, we hated that the previous owner’s painted all the trim on the porch the same as the door… robins-egg-blue. Ryan busted out the white paint and changed the trim around the door and on the eve of the porch which made a huge difference in person, even though these photos don’t do it justice. We also installed a screen door which I am so so so happy about. This change not only allows for a nice breeze into our home but it also lets in so much natural light to our entry. Rocco is big fan of the afternoon sunbathing the screen door now provides.
Just last week, we headed to home depot to pick up a gaggle of flowers for my zinc rail planters. Ryan installed these planter hooks while I filled the planters with all my bright + poppy plants. I cannot wait to see all the colors flourish over the months ahead. I also should give some major props to my husband… he has a passion for outdoor projects, landscaping and general yard maintenance. Seeing how rich and vibrant our grass is in these pictures is a true testament to the labor he puts into our yard. #nofilter
So, what else do we have planned for this little front porch oasis? I want to paint the front door to a rusty-red-orange color to pop against our grey, white + black color scheme and then tackle the ‘berm’ on the far left of our house. I jokingly call it a berm because it truly is a pile of weeds and overgrown crap that we keep turning a blind eye towards. Our plan is to build a small retaining wall with bricks and then fill it with a japanese maple, a couple lavender bushes and some natural grasses. More on that soon… I hope!
What summer projects do you have planned for your home? Is there a great tutorial you could share or some plant suggestions we should all know about?