From Stoop to Porch

Nothing says, “Welcome, friends!” like a sweet little covered porch!

Truthfully, there wasn’t really anything wrong with our original front stoop; a sturdy set of stairs and a little landing leading right up to our front door. Totally functional? Yes. Something to remember? Ehhhh, not really.

Its lack-luster presence and barely-there overhang at the front door (hardly enough to keep a guest out of the rain as they ring the doorbell) just wasn’t exactly the warm welcome we wanted. So, with a few very simple changes/additions, our so-so stoop has become a precious porch!

We worked with our builder to design a simple, architecturally appropriate overhang that would shelter the entire front stoop and add a little extra curb appeal to the front. I could describe it all to you, but wouldn’t you rather see pictures? I thought so…

A few “before” pictures:

Before! In fact, this photo is so "before" that it was one of the very first photos we snapped as we were beginning the journey to buy the house (September 2014)... it was ours roughly one year later!

Before! In fact, this photo is so “before” that it is actually one of the very first photos we snapped way back when we were a couple of baby birds just beginning the journey to buy our Nest (taken September 15, 2014)… it was officially ours roughly one year later (we closed on September 25, 2015!).

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The “after” pictures:

Well hello, pretty porch!

Well hello, pretty porch!

Side view!  You can see here how much farther the porch roof extends from the house. It now shelters the entire landing.

Side view! You can see here how much farther the porch roof extends from the house. It now shelters the entire landing.

New front door!

New front door!

Close-up of the tongue and groove ceiling.

Close-up of the tongue and groove ceiling.

And just in case you didn’t quite get the picture… here are a couple of side-by-sides:

Front Porch Before & After

Front Porch Before & After

 

Good News Travels Fast

The word is out—lots of Nest Neighbors are stopping by to peep at our progress.

Way before she was ours, the little Cape Cod on the corner was a constant topic of conversation in the Aberdeen ‘hood. So, naturally, now that we have made some obvious progress, curious neighbors are coming out of the woodwork. It’s wonderful!

Matthew and I were a little gun shy at first because for years the house was a neighborhood eyesore and many of our neighbors (understandably) wanted the house to be demolished by the city, but the response to our effort to redeem its reputation has been overwhelmingly positive. We’ve had high fives, pats on the back, (delicious!) cookie deliveries, and many welcoming faces stop by to say “we’re glad you’re here.” The very best of the well-wishes so far came one evening this week when I was sweeping the front steps… a young girl zipped by on her bicycle and yelled up to me, “you’re doing a great job!” Made. My. Day.

Thanks to each and every person who has stopped by to encourage us!

To everyone else, a few wise words from Thumper:

Meet the Newtons!

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Hi, we’re the Newtons! Matthew, Lauren and Miss Pepper.

The Newton Nest is set to chronicle the good, the bad and the ugly of our new “project” — renovating a 1940s Cape Cod that has stood vacant for 4+ years and is in need of some serious TLC. (Testing for Lice and Cockroaches? Truly Left to Cave-in? Wait, no…Tender Love and Care! OR was it Testing our Love and Commitment?) Any way you look at it, we are in for an interesting first year of marriage as we build our nest.