How We Transformed Our Porch (Total Porch Renovation)

Our porch has been an ongoing project for several years. In this post, I share the TOTAL transformation process, which includes links detailing each specific phase.

Transforming our porch was a lot of hard work, but we are so pleased with the result. The porch becomes my outdoor office on a beautiful afternoon. Neal and I enjoy sitting on our porch in the evenings enjoying the view of the lake and sharing about the events of the day. We also enjoy sitting on the porch at night with friends and family telling stories, laughing, and making memories.

So enjoy the transformation process (without having to do the work).

Several years ago, we renovated our lake house and added a window in the basement.

Then we added simulated stone to the exterior of our house.

Click HERE to see the installation of simulated stone to the exterior of our house.

Then then build our outdoor fireplace.

Click HERE to learn how we built our porch fireplace.

Then we built (wrapped) our porch columns.

Click HERE to learn how we built our porch columns.

Then we installed barn wood on our porch ceiling.

Click HERE to learn how we installed our barn wood ceiling on our porch.

Then we installed simulated stone on the front of our porch.

Click HERE to learn how we installed our simulated stone.

Next, we installed our brick edging around the perimeter of the porch floor.

Click HERE to learn how we installed brick roll lock (brick edging) on our porch.

Our last step was installing the tile floor.

Click HERE to learn how we installed the tile floor on our porch.

Whether we are listening to crickets on a warm summer night or sipping hot cocoa on a cold winter night, this is our favorite place to relax and enjoy the moment.

As a final reminder, here is the before and after picture again.

Thanks for reading our blog! Where is your special spot to relax?

Tell us what you think about our project and/or ask questions by posting a comment below.



  1. Karen on 08/09/2019 at 9:43 AM

    Wow! What a transformation!

    • Suzanne on 08/10/2019 at 7:09 AM

      Thanks, Karen! We appreciate it!

  2. Jamie on 08/09/2019 at 9:45 AM

    This is truly stunning!

  3. Katy on 08/09/2019 at 10:49 AM

    Ya’ll are good! I wish my hubby could do this.

    • Suzanne on 08/10/2019 at 7:08 AM

      Thanks, Katy. You and your husband could possibly start doing small projects together. We started small and then expanded our knowledge from there! Let me know if you decide to tackle any projects!

  4. Vivian on 08/09/2019 at 12:43 PM

    Your porch is beautiful. How long did it take?

    • Suzanne on 08/10/2019 at 7:05 AM

      Hey Vivian,
      It took a few years; however, that was before we lived here fulltime and thus just work on each phase on the weekends. Building the fireplace took us an entire fall (working most weekends), the apron and columns also took about two months (working on the weekends), and the brick, stone and tile work together took us a few months (working mostly on the weekends). It was worth all the time it took. Having someone do this professionally would have been costly, so we know we saved a lot of money.
      Thanks for reading our blog!

  5. Pat on 08/10/2019 at 7:16 AM

    I continue to be amazed at the two of you. I live everything about the porch, but my favorites are the fireplace, the floor, and the ceiling. I guess that includes everything. Beautifully done.

    • Suzanne on 08/10/2019 at 7:17 AM

      Thank you, Pat!
      We had to learn a lot along the way, but thankful for the result!
      Thanks for reading and commenting on our blog.

  6. Jeri on 08/16/2019 at 2:18 PM

    I am in shock this is the same porch! ? Absolutely stunning!

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  11. Michele on 06/10/2020 at 6:59 PM

    Hello! Your porch is beautiful. Did you close it in completely with screens or glass?

    • Suzanne on 06/11/2020 at 5:59 PM

      Hey Michele,

      Thanks for the kind words about our porch. We enjoy it. We did not close it in with anything. It is completely open.

      Let me know if you have any more questions.


      • Michele on 07/07/2020 at 12:26 PM

        Suzanne, thank you for replying to me. Sorry for my late reply! (Having some medical things happening) I wondered if you enclosed your porch or not. I thought maybe glass…. what made you choose not to enclose??? I’d like to enclose my covered patio to keep the bugs and dirt out. ?

        • Suzanne on 07/07/2020 at 7:08 PM

          Hey Michele,
          Originally, we were going to enclose the porch. However, we have opted not to do so. We like the look of it open and it enables our dog Daisy and cat Buddy to shelter there in the rain. It does get dirty because we have so many trees but it is easy enough to clean. We have a system called Spider Be Gone which sprays for insects. That makes a huge difference in keeping away bugs, especially pesky mosquitoes. It is basically tubing with nozzles that sprays for bugs a few times a day. We have this same system on our boathouse. I hope that helps!

          Sorry to hear about medical issues. I hope you are getting better!


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  13. Jan on 07/31/2021 at 6:12 AM

    Could you please tell me where your tile is from. Looks beautiful!

    • Suzanne on 08/01/2021 at 8:29 PM

      Hey Jan,

      We purchased this from South Eastern Salvage in Huntsville, Alabama.

      Thanks for your kind words. We are so pleased with how it turned it!


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