My guy and I moved into our house about 18 months ago. Since the moment we took possession, we knew that the front porch was in dire need of attention. Well, we’ve finally found some time to give it a much-needed makeover. We’re currently at the mid-way point of the project, with the demo and re-build done, and I’m working on the fun part (the decorating) right now. Let me begin by showing you what we started with. Here's the before… Aside from the poor construction, peeling paint and horrid outdoor carpet, the porch didn’t even function well. It only had steps at the front of the house, which meant we could never just pop down the side to access the driveway, or the backyard. Plus, the whole design was a bit too “standard” for my tastes. I wanted something with a bit more “wow-factor”. Once we settled on a design, it was time to demo the old porch. I couldn’t have been happier to say goodbye. Here's what it looked like, mid-demo… My guy found the craziest things under there! Toys, hair accessories, ceramic tiles, and even tent poles! Once we cleared out all of the junk, it was time to rebuild. My guy & his step-dad went to work making our vision a reality while I soaked up some sun (and supervised) from a near by lawn chair. The result of their hard work and our unique vision is this… We decided to lay the boards in a chevron pattern. It adds major impact and makes our porch a bit more interesting than some of the others on our street. Be warned… This is a lot more work! More material, more measuring, more cutting, more everything! But, I think it’s worth it. Our porch is low enough that we could forgo a railing, so there’s nothing obstructing our view. Plus, I finally have the wraparound stairs I’ve been longing for since we moved in. We’ve placed some older furniture on the porch for now, but the furnishings, landscaping, and decor portion of this project is officially in the works. Stay tuned for the big reveal of our porch makeover project in the next week or two! Are you undergoing any outdoor room makeovers this summer? Tell me about them in the comments! Lia Fagan is an interior designer & the creative force behind Mod Pieces, an online boutique, specializing in restyled vintage lighting. When she’s not in her studio, she’s writing about lighting & decor on her blog.