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Before and After Portico Remodel

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Are you looking for inspiration to enhance the curb appeal of your property? Look no further than this stunning portico makeover reveal! A portico is a fantastic way to add both style and functionality to a homes entrance, and this particular transformation demonstrates just how impactful it can be.

Our overall goal was to add curb appeal to our home and make it visually appealing.

Portico Makeover

A portico is a covered entranceway to a home that is supported by columns or pillars, typically found at the front of a structure.

What are the benefits of a portico?

  1. Enhances curb appeal and adds to the property’s value.
  2. Provides protection from the elements, keeping visitors and the property dry and sheltered.
  3. Offers a welcoming entrance and creates an inviting atmosphere.
  4. Can be a functional space for package deliveries or outdoor seating.
  5. Helps to prolong the lifespan of the property’s exterior and reduce maintenance costs.

Below you will see our portico lacked design.

Consider consider removing an old portico and building a new one if the existing structure is outdated, damaged, or does not align with the desired design aesthetic or functionality.

For us, the existing portico was dated and lacked visual appeal so we removed it and built a new one.

Our portico now provides an inviting entrance, protection from the weather as well as durability and low maintenance to the structure. The columns add elegance and sophistication to the design while the Trex decking provides a long-lasting, low-maintenance solution that is resistant to rot, insects, and other outdoor elements.

RELATED: See how we installed the decking and portico frame

Decorating a portico for fall can be a fun and festive way to welcome the changing season, using warm colors, natural elements like pumpkins, mums, and leaves, and cozy accents like lanterns and blankets to create an inviting atmosphere.

We added new house numbers and solar flood lights.

We added new planters as well on either side of the step. Giant flowering mums added the final “wow” factor that this portico needed. I love that the planters are versatile and will be perfect for the changing seasons. I picked up the white garden stool from Homegoods for a summer project but it was also perfect for this display. Adding height to your plants will help add visual appeal. Looks kind of cute right?

A much needed improvement right?

Two things I must have,  my phone and Dunkin Donuts ice coffee. DD coffee is my weakness. My grandfather and I always head to DD to get coffee together. He loves it too!

We still need to do some landscaping around the portico and front walkway but that will come later on next year. Be sure to check out our painted bench tutorial as shown below. The bench is from HomeGoods and I decided to paint it red to give it new life. I think it will be perfect for Christmas too. Sometimes I find things that I love but they are the wrong color. Don’t be afraid to spray paint it if you truly love it. It’s an inexpensive way to re-use what you have ;).

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Building a portico was probably one of the best investments we made to boost our curb appeal. The next step is to add shutters. It’s amazing how this larger structure, new decor, substantial planters and solar ground lighting have dramatically increased the architectural detail and changed the look completely of the front of our home. 

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  1. Hello. Such a beautiful update. Would you please explain how you laid the TREX decking over the concrete stoop? We would love to do that as well… we were told a variety of ways including strapping underneath and so on. Any tips would be appreciated. Thank-you and take good care.

  2. Oh Jess! It turned out so beautiful! The new portico really makes a difference in the home’s curb appeal. And all those accessories from Wayfair are great!

  3. Looks wonderful! What a great opportunities to have the sponsors help with the gorgeous finishing touches!!!!!

  4. Looks awesome!! Go Fred!! Totally makes the house look different !!

  5. Tiffany Gugino says:

    Jess I absolutely LOVE this! What a difference!
    Great job!

  6. Very nice, its been fun seeing the transformation. Inspiring!

  7. Beautiful ! But originally there was one step up to the door and now there are two. How did you manage that ? I’m guessing the new door couldn’t have been raised that much.

  8. Just stunning. It DOES look like a magazine photo. Oustanding job!

  9. Wow! Fabulous! I agree with Mom – shutters would be the crowning glory.

  10. Wow, what a difference! It’s beautiful, and so very tasteful. What color did you paint the new door? Love it!


  11. Oh my, you make me feel soooo lazy! In honor of this post, I’m going to spruce up my front door 😉 Let’s hope for the best! The portico looks amazing! You are so talented Jess!

  12. I LOVE the portico! I see this is from a few years ago, but I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind sharing a ballpark figure of what it ended up costing? We want to add a portico to our front entry. We got a few quotes a while back and they were ridiculously expensive. We’ve been renovation our house on our own, we just wanted to hire someone for that project. We had other projects that were more pressing, so the idea fell to the way side. We’re getting our siding and shutters painted soon, so the portico idea was up for discussion again recently. Yours turned out so beautiful!

    1. Thanks Nicole! It’s hard to say as it depends on what you need for footings and foundation area. I think ours was in the ballpark of 4-5000.00. That included the site work ect. we had to do. Like I said though, it all depends on what you need has far as materials ect. PLUS we did a lot of the labor ourselves. Oh and we also bought a new front door and used Trex decking that is kind of expensive for the floor.

  13. Hi
    I am curious regarding cost. We have just hired contractors to add a portico to our ranch home and I am thinking they’re a bit high for price. We too are using trex decking. A ballpark figure would’ve appreciated! Yours looks absolutely STUNNING!!!!
    Thank You for sharing

  14. I love the color of the siding. Do you happen to know the color?

  15. Hello,
    My wife and I fell in love with this portico. We were wondering if the deck is floating over the concrete or if there is a ledger board connected to the house.

    Thank you

    1. Hi, thank you! This is at our old house and I believe my dad built over the existing concrete.

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