New front porch increases curb appeal

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ORIGINAL EXTERIOR:   This home is located in the Crooked Stick subdivision on the west side of Carmel and was built in the early 1980’s.  The current owner has lived in the home for 17 years.

REASONS FOR REMODELING:   Why remodel?  “When we originally bought the house it had a Tudor look to it, even though it was not a Tudor-style home.  We removed the trim 5 years ago, but it looked too plain.  We wanted to dress up the front of the house, and give it more curb appeal.  I wanted people’s blood pressure to drop when they came up to the house!”

ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS:   The homeowner wanted to add elements of detail to the front façade.  “My favorite part is the columns.  The architectural details in the double columns and larger trim pieces gave the house the bit of wow I was looking for.”  The existing vertical wood trim around the windows was removed and replaced with new painted cedar trim.

STONE WALK WAY:   The stone walkway is a favorite, too.  New stone pavers were installed and flanked with 24” light posts wrapped in stone.  The steps are topped with limestone and the face of the porch was covered with decorative stone to complement the existing brick.

PORCH DETAILS:   The existing porch, front door, steps and walkway were removed.  A new enlarged porch foundation was built including a new shed roof with 8×8 cedar wood posts.  The new porch includes rough-sawn cedar trim, beaded plywood ceiling and stone-wrapped columns with limestone caps.  The new porch includes a cedar railing with 2×2 wood painted balusters.

NEW ENTRY DOOR:   The existing front door and sidelights were removed and new double doors were installed with ¾ glass.  The owner commented, “The new doors not only help welcome our guests, but also add more light into the front hallway.”

FAVORITE FEATURES:   The owner commented on her favorite features.  “The house is no longer plain and unwelcoming.”

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