Last fall, my company, DBS Remodel, completed extensive renovation work on a Cape-style home located in Millbrook, N.Y. Our job scope included remodeling the home’s two existing full baths, and adding a full bath in the master bedroom and a half-bath off a second-floor bedroom. The existing kitchen was taken down to the studs and redesigned to have an open floor plan to improve maneuverability and flow. On the exterior, we tore off the existing roof and ran new asphalt shingles over ice barrier membrane to guard against ice damming and re-sided the home with vinyl clapboard siding.

During the project’s design phase, the homeowner asked if we could improve upon the home’s bland front façade; its east-facing elevation had a seldom-used front door with a masonry stoop leading up to it. We suggested adding a front porch, which would enhance the home’s curb appeal and allow her family to take advantage of the property’s spacious front yard. (The homeowner had four children—the oldest of whom were teenage triplets—and the new porch would provide a place to hang out and connect to the outdoors.) She liked the idea, so we designed the porch to be large enough to fit four rocking chairs (and two side tables) while being careful not to overwhelm the proportions of the Cape’s front façade. To avoid an existing bay window, we offset the porch to one side.

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