The space is small and narrow, 14 feet long by 7 feet wide, right off the kitchen. It had vinyl siding on the walls and a cement floor. The windows were too high to see out into the yard when sitting down, which made it feel like being in a railroad car.
I tried to make it more inviting than a freight car by putting lots of plants around. In the cold months I put tender plants there to overwinter. But with all that junk out there and with the utilitarian look, it was a storage closet off the kitchen more than a porch. Just a place to put stuff.
Now, with deeper windows, stained wood beadboard on the walls and ceiling, and a beautiful brick floor, it is no longer a storage area. It's a room. A sunroom / sitting porch.
I don't have to cram plants in there to hide anything, and that makes it more open and inviting.
The brick floor is rich and textured, and quite dark. It's actually 2 x 8 brick tiles, Datile Union Square in Courtyard Red. Beadboard wood on the kneewall and ceiling and around the large windows has a natural stain, which is a light color to contrast with the dark brick.
The room flows into the kitchen, through the sliding glass doors. It really does feel like a sunroom off the kitchen.
The big plus is that I can sit on the porch now and see out into the garden. The outdoors comes in, making not only the porch seem bigger, but the view from inside the house more expansive too.
The new windows are 18 inches lower. The newly installed windows are on the left, compared to the old ones still on the right, in this photo taken during the remodeling. A drop of less than two feet made all the difference.
Before, I was able to see just the top of the 'White Chiffon' Rose of Sharon outside the window. Now its pretty blooms come right inside. The hummingbird visits the flowers in the morning and doesn't realize I'm right there through the screen.
This small area is tucked into a corner of the house. From the outside it doesn't look like much of a porch, but the new windows do give it a nicer look even though the space did not change.
Morning light streams in, so it is my favorite place for coffee early in the day. By afternoon it is completely shaded and cool on a hot day. The rustic couch is surprisingly nap worthy.
There are some subtle things that made a big improvement. The original cement floor was a step down from the kitchen. That doesn't seem like anything, but the sunken feeling made it feel like you were stepping down into an area that was not part of the house.
The new brick floor is now level with the interior of the house and it makes the area flow much better.
Another subtle change: the old windows had no sills. The new windows have a shallow sill above the knee wall. It's a small difference that looks much dressier. It means I can put a jar of Jane's hydrangea blossoms by the window, and I found Becky's forged metal HF Bar boot ornament and propped it on the ledge. Good memories.
The work was done by Linn Taylor Remodeling.
He did a fantastic job. Jim and I stained the walls and ceiling, and painted the white window trim, but all of the tear down, installation, tile work, and finish carpentry was done professionally by Linn.
Why didn't we do this years ago?