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Front Porch Transformation: Meeting Functional and Aesthetic Needs

As a professional contractor, our approach to projects and the manner in which we carry them out is of great importance to who we are. We strive to solve issues and to carry out work that fulfills the wants and needs of our clients. As such, the work that we complete is important to us, and we'd like to show what we've done on a recent project.


A project that we are wrapping up is a front porch remodel that had aesthetic and functional issues. These issues presented themselves as thin brick columns, damaged materials, gaps where the materials didn’t quite meet, allowing pests and insects passage into the home, and a lack of lighting. There also was a ramp to the front door that required people to step up into the door, which created worries about tripping. We got the call to do work on this project and set out to create solutions to these two types of problems, using our own experience as well as following the requests of our client. The goal was to make the front porch more inviting, which we sought to do by fixing these aesthetic issues and also ensuring that the porch functioned the way it needed to.


We took different actions to achieve this goal. Lights were added to the soffit just above the front porch, lighting up the walkway. We also opted to use a beaded soffit as a more aesthetically pleasing material to give the porch more of an upscale feel, contributing to making the porch more inviting along with the lights. To continue this, we added an exterior trim around the ceiling to give it an additional profile. The next huge component of this project was the porch’s columns. As we stated, the original columns were thin, and there were ways to make them more appealing. To still match the style of the home, we added craftsman-style columns, which are these half brick, wide base columns with a tapered, smooth finish on the top half. These also have trim at the top and bottom that tie together with the rest of the porch. Combined with the lights and the soffit, these pieces gave the porch a more robust feel.


What we aimed to do next was to make the actual base of the porch more appealing, which meant changing the ramp. The original ramp had a dramatic slope that also required people to step up into the house, not making it accessible. The idea was to have a slope that allowed someone to walk from the driveway into the house with ease, so that slope was stretched. Then, a secondary ramp was put in to change the elevation near the front door to eliminate the issue of having to step up into the home. A stamp was put on the concrete to add some appeal while also keeping the durability of concrete, and we had the option of choosing the color so we went with something that would match the rest of the house. This gave us a ramp that had better functionality and contributed to the look of the front porch.


These steps allowed us to improve this front porch and meet the functional and aesthetic needs of our client, transforming the front porch to be a more inviting passageway into the home. This was also achieved thanks to the help of Casey Battles Concrete LLC, the Butler Masonry Company, and the usage of Fypon and Delaware Brick products. Here at Fine Remodeling, we are your Delaware contractor dedicated to delivering projects of the utmost quality. Get in touch with us about your next renovation project so you can be sure it's done right the first time. Visit our contact us page and see our calendar to select a day/time for a discussion about your project.



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