Tuesday, November 27, 2018

New House Journal: Timber Frame Front Porch

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. We worked most of the weekend painting the laundry/bath and Hearth Room/Kitchen. One project we took on called for some study and investigation. Today,  I'm sharing a little Pinterest inspiration that I gathered, to help me find a solution for a front porch "mini makeover" on our new house. To say I was not a fan of the front porch is an understatement. The house is a long drawn out 60's brick "ranch" that has a lovely setting, but just left me lacking that home-y English Cottage feel that I love.



Adam Slatter is a Timber Framed Buildings specialist based in the West Country serving Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset.

We've really enjoyed being in our current home but we need more living space on the main level. I'm giving up my newer "cottage" to have a larger main level. We will have a basement, but with a smaller living space with storage.


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So, back to the front porch...


When I first posted about our plans on the move I said that "the 60's had called and wanted their front porch back". I lived through the 60's the first time and I wasn't interested in returning to a housing trend that is still evident in our small city. It didn't feel to me that it fit the overall look of the house.

Listing Photo

The lacy scroll-y iron work is pretty, just not on this house. I think a lot of homeowners would like to think of an update for their older homes, but don't know what or how to accomplish it. What we did wasn't very expensive and required our guys only a day's work to cut out the iron column and railings and replace it with the cedar beams and brackets.

Listing Photo

I think I've watched every rerun of "Fixer Upper" at least twice, and one of their "fixes" for a front porch makeover is this Timber Frame look. Also called a European Timber Frame, this works for many of the "Fixer Upper" type homes that are long "ranches".



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Cedar beams, post and brackets



Nicky Keen - Joy Interiors:


Green Oak Porch at Stramshall with a more modern style and a hipped roof.

This is so pretty, but alas, it is not our house.
 Don't you love that arched gothic front door?

The Front & Back Porch

You can see that all these pics have rough cut vertical posts and curved bracket supports. Many have the European Truss look, but our front porch already had a roof in place. It just needed something more up-to-date for support columns and the curved braces.

You can see by the tools and soda cups
 that our work guys had just backed out of the photo shot.

So, this is what we came up with. We plan on painting the posts and brackets white in the Spring when we can rely on some warmer weather. In the meantime I'm loving the change, and the cedar works as a facelift for the porch. The Bittersweet Orange door? ...still not sure and will probably wait until we get the white paint on this Spring before I can decide. This may not seem much of a makeover since it's still in progress, but for us changing out the dated ironwork is a major improvement.

The hardwood floors are in (beautiful) and some of the carpet. One bedroom was cut short, so hopefully it will be finished in a week or two. We're coming along, but sometimes it seems like our list gets longer as we go.

I'm really missing decorating for Christmas, but I'm trying to stay focused on the remodel. I'm hoping there can be a little Christmas sprinkled over there before too long. I had some furniture delivered last Friday, so I'll share that soon. The Hearth Room will definitely be "cozy"!

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  1. Love the porch change, can't wait to see more.

  2. That looks great, Debra. I bet you feel like you have ants in your pants, wanting it all to be finished. Slow and steady wins the race.

  3. Debra,
    Oh, how I love a timber frame house OR porch. Your porch update looks great!

    Happy Holidays,


  4. The bittersweet orange door brings out the hues in the cedar beautifully. Sure you want to paint them white? Perhaps the shutters should be bittersweet orange also. Just a thought...

  5. Oh Debra what a difference this has made. I just love it. I love the cedar posts without white paint. Yep you heard that from me that paints everything white lol! Either way they are beautiful now and will probably be even prettier white. I am so happy you are loving and getting your new home to be your own. Have a great week.

  6. Love the new look!! Good to get rid of all that iron. Love the cedar unpainted....

  7. I love the cedar. It looks amazing. I don't think that I could live with an orange door. It would be fun in the fall but that's about it. The new porch looks stunning with the fall foliage in the background.

  8. I like you posts, thank you for shering

  9. Wow, what a difference. Love what you chose. Nice update!

  10. I thought it was a post on a house here in England! The cedar looks wonderful, such a great addition xx Maria

  11. I have the same white rod iron on my front porch LOL on my 1960's ranch. and I have wanted to change it out,however finding a contractor is not easy for me. (don't have connections)
    You always come up with great solutions

  12. Wow, it certainly did make a big different and added charm the lace railing didn’t! I love the cedar and gives contrast against the brick. A minor project with a major impact!


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