Our deck was in desperate need of repair for the last bazillion years, but it was always being pushed to last on our to-do list. When the pandemic hit and we were all stuck at home, I think it drove Aubrey over the edge to see the carpet in tatters daily, so he ripped up the carpet in one foul swoop and we were left with a plywood deck – which was actually, an improvement over the carpet. This isn’t the most design-inspiring post but I wanted to post it none the less, because I found it ridiculously hard to find simple front porch ideas in my search.
We had our handyman help us out with this project because we were juggling my work, Aubrey’ work and Oscar’s home school, so it was way easier to just get the manual labour outsourced. What we did was leave the plywood base, that was already there, and then lay 2×4’s over top, starting with under the door (see above) so that it all evened out as we went left to right.
We lay another 2×4 board at the front of the deck, running parallel to the house so that the boards didn’t just get “cut” at the end and we don’t see exposed end cuts.
The border piece I mentioned above, hung over the top of the deck ever so slightly, so that the front panels (that you see from the street) would be recessed. We installed these new vertical boards in the front and they were the same 2×4 boards as on the top.
Lastly. we added a final detailing piece above the vertical pieces. This was again, a 2×4 board, but we had it ripped so it was slightly less wide, so that it wasn’t as thick as the other pieces.
That’s it! I mean, it’s a super easy design, but gives you some points to consider if you do a porch. Also, I did weed between the stone pathway after the photos were taken. But it wasn’t a huge priority at the time of the photo. 🙂