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Our Own Fixer Upper – Part II

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For those of you who have followed along for a while now, you may remember a post I did awhile back about our front porch of our home needing a face lift and how excited Erick and I were to finally save enough to get the project done. Well, much later I am finally getting around to sharing the AFTER!

We’ve been loving our new porch and steps for about eight months and I cannot believe how much of a difference it has made on the appearance of a house! When we purchased the home (more on the background of that here), it needed some work to bring it up-to-date and to fit our own personal style, and since I am the type of person who can always see the potential in things , Erick let me take the lead in picking out all the demo and design options for our home. YAY!

I went to town changing nearly everything in the space – floors, countertops, light fixtures, exchanging doors for cased openings, paint, etc. – and we couldn’t have been happier with the end result. The only thing was, that the outside didn’t nearly reflect how beautiful the inside was, even though we had replaced the trim, cleaned up the yard and repainted everything.

It had white columns, but the porch was never filled in, and I really thought this was something we need to do. There were existing stairs, but over the years they had sank and pulled away from the front stoop, and needed to be replaced.

After watching our pennies for a while, we hired my uncle’s concrete business (L.F. Pawelek Construction) to start making our (or really MY πŸ™‚ ) vision a reality!

First on our list of NEEDS was filling in our porch and making a usable sidewalk. The current sidewalk was very narrow and covered in shrubs that didn’t add any character to the home. I HATE cutting down plants and trees, but these were beyond trimming and had seen better days.

Second priorities were new stairs that made for easier access and balanced out the long porch, and fixing the top portion of our driveway to meet up with the new sidewalk. I had never seen the concrete process from start to finish, so I was glad I was at home to watch our home transform. Neighbors were even driving slowly around the corner because you could actually SEE our home now, it was no longer surrounded by overgrown plants, and we were given a lot of compliments when it was completed, which would, of course, make anyone feel great. We invested a decent amount of time saving for this project and it was nice to see that others were noticing.

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Before Exterior Reno

 

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Old plants and stairs removed

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home reno, fixer upper

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Forms are made for new porch

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home reno, fixer upper

Base is delivered

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Concrete is poured

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Today, Erick and I couldn’t love our new porch, sidewalk, and steps more! Not only did these features add SO MUCH curb appeal and balance to our home; they made our life easier! It was so hard carrying up groceries on those steep and long steps… especially trying to unload the car. Now that we have a wider sidewalk, our car door actually opens to the sidewalk and not the yard.

We’ve made a lot more progress since these renovations have been made, including re-sodding our yard after the concrete truck left. Aaaah! My family was such a tremendous help in getting our home were we wanted it to be. I can’t thank them enough. Β Here’s a pic of our “new” home decorated for fall and Christmas. I can’t wait to share more with you all! Do you guys have home improvement projects you are trying to tackle this summer?

home reno, fixer upper

home reno, fixer upper

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