Monday, May 6, 2013

Spiffing Up A Plain Jane Home: No Porch Issue

If you're new to the blog, you do not know that we bought a house recently, almost.
 I'm leaving so much out but buying it has been sheer torture, but it's hopefully, crossing my fingers, throwing salt over my shoulder with a 4 leaf clover in my pocket, hunched over in a corner and timidly peering over my shoulder with one eye squinted because I'm waiting for one more thing to go wrong, praying to Jesus (which is the only thing I did which works), finally over. : D
One of the things I've been looking at in a home is something older, (older homes tend to evade the cookie cutter factor that I'm not very fond of), something with a nice sized yard, and something with character to the exterior of the home.
Well, because of circumstances beyond our control, and me just wanting to get the agony of it all over with, we ended up settling for a plain Jane house. 

BTW....if your name is Jane, I absolutely do not find that a plain name at all, it's actually one of my favorite names, and far from boring in my mind, but the phrase is quite common in American culture. Why, I don't quite know.
While I love our house and actually prefer a project, it is rather plain and without a porch, unless you count  a 3 by 5 ft plot of cement in front of your door a porch.  A porch is something I could have really worked with to bring in some wow factor to this box on a lot.
Which don't get me wrong, I'm thankful for our box on a lot!
One of the solutions we decided on was to build a pergola to the side of the house. Pergolas do not have to stay at the back of your house. Think front or side when replacing a non-existent porch. This solves our "no porch" issue, brings character to the house, and adds value to the home in one fell swoop.
While these houses are far from plain it helps to get a visual.....


  1. A plain ranch in our neighborhood added a pergola to the front and it has made a world of difference. It looks amazing. Great idea!

  2. I love these looks that you posted! I CAN'T WAIT to see your "plain Jane" house because I KNOW you are going to make it look beautiful and special! Sometimes a blank, kinda boring slate is the best way to start because then you can really personalize it and it will make for the best kind of before and after photos! So especially for a blogger "plain jane" is probably the best way to go! Congrats on the house and my fingers are crossed for you too (and also salt over the shoulder and four leaf clovers and prayers:) that everything is done, settled, finalized and YOURS.

    1. Thank you for one of the sweetest, best comments ever!!!!

  3. Doll, my fingers are totally crossed and I can't wait to see what you do with the new place. I won't even hold the title against you C:

  4. Congratulations on buying new house. I would curiously wait to see how the new house would look after you have decorated it.