For about eight months of the year, Arizona has amazing weather for outdoor living! One of the things that I was most excited with about the Evergreen house is this great little porch area off the kitchen on the right side of the house.
The side porch didn’t look all that amazing when we first toured the house, but I knew it had potential! It was smaller, with lots of awkward step, a giant hole for burning trash (!) and tons of dead, overgrown trees.
We’ve been working with Lowe’s
on the exterior renovation of the Evergreen house and I was SO excited to tackle this side porch with all the gorgeous Lowe’s landscaping and outdoor living products! They have so many beautiful outdoor products in stock that have me soo excited for spring! Also pro tip: Lowe’s price matches so you know you’re always able to get the best deals when you shop in store! Here’s the plan I have for the porch layout:
1 – Herb Garden Wall // 2 – Herringbone Brick Pavers // 3 – Raised Porch in Checkerboard Tile // 4 – Outdoor Dining Table //
5 – Grill // 6 – Built In Bench // 7 – Outdoor Seating Area // 8 – Step down to Grass Yard
We ended up extending the porch quite a bit and I think the extra hosting space will be well worth the costs! To extend the porch my contractor poured a few support footers and then created a new slab perimeter with cinder block. They filled the new area with inert waste before pouring and filling with concrete to extend the slab a few feet in each direction.
Here’s what the side porch looks like today, all ready for paint and tile!
This porch faces north, which is a soft and indirect light, so it’s really perfect for evening hosting! Here are some of my picks for making this porch the ultimate in outdoor living. The goal is for this space to be super flexible and functional! Things I’m most excited about? The herb garden wall, the checkerboard floors and the trellis planters! This space is going to be so cute!
The tile is getting laid this week and the house is getting painted tomorrow! Things are moving quickly and I can’t wait to start bringing in furniture!