The Plans and Inspiration for the Front Porch and Entryway Addition

Last week, I total y'all about one of the most exciting things to happen to our little casa – a small front porch/entryway/half bathroom addition! Wheeeeeee! I cannot believe how much I adore just 100 extra square feet in my house but I do. I gave y'all a small snapshot and rundown of the addition and I'm back today to share the sketches and floor plans that we worked from plus the inspiration for the whole shebang.

One of the best things that happened to this project was our good friend , Billy. Billy was the best man in our wedding and is just an amazing person and friend. With Billy's help, I was able to make some truly sucktastic sketches (by me) and he turned them into actual measurements and supply lists for materials. Wanna see just how bad the sketches were?

The Plans and Inspiration for the Front Porch and Entryway Addition #homeimprovement #entryway #DIY #homedesign The Plans and Inspiration for the Front Porch and Entryway Addition #homeimprovement #entryway #DIY #homedesign The Plans and Inspiration for the Front Porch and Entryway Addition #homeimprovement #entryway #DIY #homedesign

See how he drew up his own CAD plan with actual measurements? Like a pro??? Yeah, without him – I'm pretty sure everyone would have been VERY confused about what exactly I wanted. When I was doing the sketches for Billy, I also collected some visuals on my Pinterest board so that he could see exactly what I meant by such things as “tall, tall windows” and “You know, just connect the roof lines with a little slope-y thing down”. Here's what I came up with:

The Plans and Inspiration for the Front Porch and Entryway Addition #homeimprovement #entryway #DIY #homedesign
Images Courtesy of: Better Homes and Gardens // The 36th Avenue // Blueprint magazine from Martha Stewart Publications // My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia // LP Corp // Style Me Pretty // Country Living

Yes, it's not that traditional Texas look but I like to think of it as an update on the farmhouse/Craftsman style that I see in so many of the small towns around here. The addition is mostly a huge overhaul to improve the home's traffic and function but that doesn't mean that I can't add some lovely design features. Here's a rundown of the design:

  • Lots of white trim and classic Craftsman lines.
  • Pretty blue siding + a bright green door (we can always repaint the door for resale).
  • Classic beadboard ceiling painted a sky blue.
  • Use an old farmhouse door + new windows to flank it.
  • Add simple white porch rails.
  • Grey composite porch flooring + composite or cement stairs.
  • Include some industrial touches and rustic bits for warmth.
  • Think coastal cottage but very clean and organized.

As far as what exactly we need to DO…. well, here's that exhaustive list:

  • Build addition.
  • Make old front door into window.
  • Build porch railings.
  • Add lighting.
  • Paint siding, trim, and front door.
  • Add house number to front door.
  • Install stairs.
  • Add beadboard to ceiling and paint.
  • Add trim around doors and windows.
  • Add trim to create more interesting facade.
  • Make containers for some plants by front door.
  • New hardware for front door.
  • Add a doorbell.
  • Furniture and rug for seating area.

Phew! Right? Any of you tackling an addition this year?

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