A Lonny Editor's Home Makeover: The Front Porch

(Courtesy of Wendy Scofield)
When they bought their first house in historic Williamstown, Massachusetts, Lonny Art Director Wendy Scofield and her husband James Tracey knew it would need major renovations in order to be livable and comfortable for their growing family. The major selling points? Five bedrooms, a gracious wraparound porch, and a spacious second-floor sitting room. Beyond that, virtually every space would need to be majorly made over, and the shelter magazine-alum Wendy and talented handyman James were just the duo for the job.

(The porch pre-makeover. Courtesy of Wendy Scofield)
(The porch pre-makeover. Courtesy of Wendy Scofield)
The front porch—which was rotting and pulling away from the house in many spots—needed a complete restoration, so the couple poured new pilings and rebuilt some of the frame, replacing and repairing original posts with wood putty. Next, they reconstructed the siding and installed a brand new mahogany floor. Not only was the overhaul necessary aesthetically, but it also introduced crucial drainage to prevent water damage from snow and rain. "It was really rewarding to see the before and after," Wendy says. "We put so much work into the house, and the porch is the perfect embodiment of it." With all of the major elements in place, Wendy and James added the finishing touch: a fresh coat of paint for the whole exterior of the house.

(The porch post-makeover. Courtesy of Wendy Scofield)
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