So if you know me you know one of my absolute favorite activities is people watching, I could literally do it for hours. The way people move about life facinates me and what better place to people watch than your own front porch?! One small problem, Little Blue (the name we have lovingly coined our house due to the fabulous color the previous owner painted it weeks before we moved into her) had a stoop at best. Not even a good city stoop with city noise and trash surrounding it but one of those lame barely fit me, Ian, and definitely not Bozley on it kind of stoops. So since my longing for sitting on the porch with a cup of coffee or glass of wine wasn’t going to die anytime soon Mission Front Porch was born. As all of our plans go…we didn’t really have a plan, we simply decided to transplant the hedge and give it a go. A lot of lumber, some cold nights, and a few weekends later I have the perfect front porch thanks to a pretty amazing husband!
The before picture was taken after coming home from breakfast on a Saturday morning and deciding to move the hedge from the front of the house to the edge of the driveway. Being a much bigger project than anticipated the hole in front of the house with the weird floating hedge stayed like that for about a week…and yes, it was ugly and yes our neighbors think we’re crazy.
Mission Porch spilled into Halloween so we embraced the holiday like any American would and dressed Bozley up in his cow costume and proceeded to run the chainsaw all night. Again, pretty sure our neighbors think we’re insane or redneck or one of the two, but I’m okay with it.
Since we also decided to start this project after daylight saving we were pretty much screwed into working at night.
We decided on a galvanized roof after our original metal roof plan failed miserably. We wanted a black metal roof which we custom ordered putting Mission Porch on hold for a solid two weeks only to discover when the roofing came in the underside was white. Who wants to sit on a porch look up and see a white roof? I mean if the house was staying Caribbean blue it might of been acceptable, but since it’s not the black roofing was returned and the galvanized metal was chosen.
I have to admit I’m pretty hyped on how the roof came out. I love the combination of wood and metal and think it has a pretty cool rustic/modern feel to it. I can’t wait to sit under it on a rainy day!
The final product stained and ready for some front porch sitting!