One project that we’ve had our eyes on for a while now was our back porch. It’s always been on our “man I wish we could change that” list so we decided to treat ourselves to an early Christmas present and gave our backyard a face lift. We briefly considered taking this project on ourselves, but the image of our roof collapsing (all of the support beams had to be replaced) was enough to scare us away. Instead we worked with a great company in the Richmond area, Warrior Construction. Here are a couple before pics of the porch -
There were a couple things that always bugged us about the porch, some cosmetic (ugly brown color) and some structural (wobbly stair railing, yikes!). We also wanted a more open feel so we asked them to remove as many of the support beams as possible and put in different balusters. Since we were also putting in a patio to the left of the porch, we wanted a set of stairs that led directly to the patio from the porch. For the patio, we considered using either brick pavers or poured concrete but decided to go with the poured concrete. It was more economical and we really liked the pictures we saw from other projects that had poured concrete. After some uncooperative weather, they were finally able to get started and we LOVE the finished product.
Here’s a close up of the poured concrete pattern -
Here is a side-by-side comparison of the before and after pics -
There you have it, our new porch and patio! We still have some work to do (lattice work under the porch, landscaping, new patio furniture…), but now we’re even more excited for the warm weather to arrive!