Before-and-After Porch Makeovers That You Need to See to Believe
These are Some of Our Best Porch Makeovers
This Porch Was Just a Stoop
Prior to the renovation, the entrance to the 600-square-foot cottage was just a stoop.
Now It’s a Classic Southern Porch
The homeowner widened and deepened the front stoop, turning it into a porch that’s 28 by 8 feet. Rather than crowd the porch with furniture, dueling porch swings were hung and guests are encouraged to pull out chairs.
This Porch Was a Carport
An old carport and shed were waiting to be reimagined.
Now It’s a Cabana
Draperies made of Sunbrella fabric give the cabana an outdoor-room feel. Artificial turf anchors the space and serves as an unexpected area rug.
This Porch Had Limited Space Because of an AC Unit
The patio wasn’t connected to the house and big bulky air conditioner units took up valuable real estate.
Now It’s a Classic Charleston Courtyard
The square seems like an outdoor family room and has a definitive European flair.
This Porch Was a Drop Spot for Garden Supplies
With no shade, the backyard needed a covered gathering spot.
Now It’s a Mediterranean-Inspired Patio
The homeowner installed a 10-foot-wide by 30-foot-long iron pergola and planted wisteria, which would turn into a beautiful canopy. She made the overhead lights by transforming pickle jars into pendants.
This Porch Was a Stately Back Entrance
A large family congregates on this this historic country house each year for Thanksgiving. Prior to the renovation, they had to keep the festivities indoors.
Now It’s A Porch With Three Different Outdoor Rooms
The new space includes an outdoor kitchen, a dining area, and sitting room anchored by a stately brick fireplace.
This Porch Was a Small, Lackluster Patio
The homeowner wanted the space to be an extension of the house.
Now It’s a Low-Maintenance Courtyard
No mowing here! Evergreen ground cover, bluestone tiles, and a pea gravel drive keep things simple and work well with the Cape Cod-style home.
5 Southern Front Porch Musts
We spend a lot of time on our front porches, whether socializing, entertaining, relaxing, or eating. For this reason, it's important that our porches get just as much attention as the other parts of our houses. We think these five porch staples – including plenty of seating and a strategically placed ceiling fan – are a must for any Southern home.
This Porch was a Wooden Deck
The deck was small, lacked a focal point, and needed an upgrade.
Now It’s a Permanent Outdoor Room
French doors were added to allow people to move more easily between the indoors and outdoors. Replacing the wood deck with pavers give the space a feeling of permanence.
This Porch Was a Hodgepodge of Furniture
The homeowners used the space to collect furniture that they couldn’t find a home for.
Now It’s a Bright Outdoor Living Room
An outdoor rug from Dash & Albert, a white wicker sofa, and wicker chairs create a comfortable spot for chatting. Pink-hued pillows and a variety of vibrant container gardens bring lots of color.
This Porch was Underused
The 130-square-foot space was too small for a dining table or sofa, but was the ideal spot for an afternoon cocktail.
Now It’s a Great Spot for a Conversation
Four chairs and a table seems like a no-brainer, but gives the space a true sense of purpose. Two 6-foot fiddleleaf fig trees bring life to the porch.
This Porch was Uninhabitable
A leaky roof, structural issues, and termite damage made this porch one nail short of a total tear down.
Now It’s A Screened-In Breezeway
In addition to restoring the logs, fixing the foundation, adding stone steps, and reviving the porch in period-perfect style, the homeowners screened it in to make it more usable year-round.
This Porch Was Deemed a Teardown
The double front porches brought classic farmhouse style to the exterior, but they were termite-damaged and desperately in need of love.
Now the New Porch Brings Major Charm
The 19th century home has new porch that deliver farmhouse style in a beautiful way.
This Porch Didn’t Exist
Before the renovation, there was no outdoor living space.
Now It Maximizes the Summer Breeze and Beautiful Views
The L-shaped screened porch creates a space for relaxing and gathering.
This Porch Was a Bit Chilly
A large cabinet serving as a focal point was a tad boring and cold winter weather without a heat source made this porch unusable part of the year.
Now It's a Warm and Cozy Retreat
The stacked stone fireplace not only serves as a heat source, but also creates a much-needed focal point.