Fan­tasy front porch

A small front porch in dis­re­pair is re­placed by a lovely new ve­randa; of­fer­ing am­ple space to re­lax and so­cial­ize while en­joy­ing a stun­ning view across the front lawn

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - HOME INSPIRING PROJECTS - Writ­ten by ARAINA BOND Pho­tog­ra­phy by PETER FRITZ

“We re­ally love com­bined in­door/out­door space and ini­tially we wanted a screened-in porch,” Bar­bara Leckie says. “Both of us also love wrap-around porches, and so we had al­ways hoped to in­cor­po­rate that into the ren­o­va­tion.”

Be­fore the ren­o­va­tion Bar­bara and Joel of­ten ate in the yard and the porch made eat­ing out­side a breeze. They fi­nally de­cided to keep it open so they could chat with peo­ple walk­ing by, and it’s not usual for pass­ing friends to end up join­ing them for din­ner. “We use the porch in tons of ways,” she says. “For meals, for meet­ings, for just sit­ting on our own and work­ing. It’s also great when we have par­ties.”

When build­ing the struc­ture, con­trac­tor Lind­say Ni­col of Crossford Con­struc­tion had to con­sider such fac­tors as work­ing around a curved front wall. He was also care­ful to make the new struc­ture seem an in­te­gral part of the house rather than a be­lated add-on. Pine col­umns sup­port the porch, cre­at­ing a clas­sic yet ca­sual first im­pres­sion, while the cedar deck­ing and ceil­ing add warmth. The re­sult is a wide, wel­com­ing out­door gath­er­ing spot that is spa­cious enough for an el­e­gant party and cozy enough for some solo time with a good book.

“My favourite time of day on the porch is the hour or two be­fore sun­set,” Bar­bara ex­plains. “The light is lovely, there are of­ten hot air bal­loons float­ing over­head, and it’s nice to sit out­side with friends drink­ing a glass of wine as the kids play.”

Her hus­band Joel Wes­theimer agrees: “There’s some­thing about wrap-around porches that both of us have al­ways loved – dif­fer­ent con­ver­sa­tions go­ing on in dif­fer­ent parts of it, or one big con­ver­sa­tion around the ta­ble. It has be­come a real fo­cal point of our so­cial-com­mu­nity life.”

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