What I Would Do Differently On the Porch





Happy 2017!!

I thought with the new year I would tell you what I would do differently if I were to build this porch again.

It’s not that I don’t love it, because I do. It has been the panacea to many stress filled days. I just have a few tweaks I would insist on.

So just in case you are thinking of building a porch in the coming year these tips might help you out.


Number One

The number one thing I would want to change is the overhang.

The way our home is situated leaves a wind tunnel effect blowing through the backyard.

So, when it rains it really can soak anything closer than 2 feet from the screen.

I think if I had a two foot overhang it would really help.






Number Two


I would absolutely put my foot down and insist that we have a tongue and groove floor put down.

Susan over on Between Naps On The Porch has a fantastic example of the type of floor I wish I had. You can see it here. 

I am learning to live with it but I do think we made a big mistake not using T&G.

Although it looks like a very tight floor in this picture, over the course of drying out the gaps are noticeable between boards.



Number Three


Of course if I had done the T&G floor this one wouldn’t even be a number three. Ha ha !

Staining the floor was not the greatest idea for this porch in my opinion.

The stain has a tendency to well..stain.

Between a wet summer, a constantly muddy dog and general wear and tear, the floor always looks dirty to me.

If I had to do it over again I would paint the floor. I think a porch floor paint will do a much better job.

I am thinking I might add a pattern to it next time around. Something like KariAnne did over at Thistlewood Farm here.



Number Four


The fourth and last thing I would change would be the back door.

Now I know I have droned on and on about how much I love the back door.

And I do, truly !

The only change would be the configuration of the door. You see, being a dutch door the top separates from the bottom.

I elected to have a shelf on the bottom half on the inside.

This has made finding a good and efficient locking system a hassle.

It still doesn’t lock the way I would like it to so in hindsight I would not have the shelf.



This picture of Bonnie Blue shows the shelf I am writing about. This is Bonnie’s favorite spot.


So these are the four things I would change. Four may not sound like a lot, but they are big changes in the scheme of things. So if you are planning to build a porch you may think about these changes I wish I had made. It may save you some headaches later :-)!!

If anybody out there has a dutch door and has solved my locking problem I would love to hear from you.


Warm Regards



Sharing at Metamorphosis Monday

Inspire Me Tuesdays

Share Your Cup

This Is How We Roll

The Creative Exchange

Thursday Favorite Things

Friday’s Five






grab it button link party

Over the Moon Link Party
















  1. Friday Favorites - Week 355 - 9 Low Carb Cauliflower Recipes - Stage Presents | 17th Jan 17

    […] What Would I Do Differently On The Porch by A Porch With A View […]

  2. Friday Favorites Linky Party- Week 355 - Under a Texas Sky | 12th Jan 17

    […] What Would I Do Differently On The Porch by A Porch With A View […]

  3. Christine @ Must Love Home | 10th Jan 17

    Hi Leigh, thank you for sharing with us at Friday Favorites! Sometimes knowing what we don’t want is just as important as knowing what we do want! Your advice is spot on! Your helpful post will be featured at our next party..so please visit us again! Hugs- Christine at Light and Savvy.

    • Leigh | 10th Jan 17

      Thanks so much Christine. I really appreciate the feature. And I do agree. Knowing what I don’t want features heavily into my latest projects….much to Mr.’s dismay 🙂

  4. Organized 31 | 6th Jan 17

    I’ve learned home project lessons the same way, after the fact. Thanks for sharing your lessons learned. I hope some day to create a porch similar to yours but on the front of the house. Thanks for sharing at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party.

    • Leigh | 7th Jan 17

      You will love your porch once it gets built. And thanks for visiting.

  5. Jann Olson | 5th Jan 17

    Live and learn, huh? 🙂 Anyway, your porch is lovely! We put a dutch door on my she shed and it doesn’t always stay closed either. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    • Leigh | 5th Jan 17

      Isn’t that the truth Jann !! And thank you so much. It has been the best addition we could have done. Thanks for visiting and I hope your 2017 is off to a great start.

Leave A Comment

I would love to hear from you...