An Exterior Transformation Updates The Design of This DeForest, WI Home

Our clients, Todd and Laura, desired more create curb appeal by transforming the front of their home with a new front porch. We accomplished this by changing the exterior design of the home from a faux-cape-cod style home to a relaxed, country ranch with a welcoming front porch.  The front porch is particularly important because it balances the house and enhances the view as you approach the front entrance. Before the porch's construction, the garage stuck out well beyond the main buildings facade creating an unbalanced look.

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Curb Appeal Accomplished

The front of this home was set back a considerable distance from the front of the garage. The lack of a front porch caused the front door to feel inaccessibly recessed, and there was no occupiable space at the front of the home. After providing many different design iterations of the front porch, and weighing the pros and cons, the clients decided upon a shed roof with a new railing system and stone/wood columns. The addition of the front porch moved the front of the home forward, minimizing the look of the garage extrusion. To create additional depth in textures and colors, we replaced the existing garage door and front door with new wood-look doors. We carried the wood look over with the stained wood columns and dark rails (top and bottom) of the railing. To create continuity, the same stone used on the base of the columns continues onto the garage as well as on exterior kneewall of the rear 3-Season room. 

A Place To Sit With The Neighbors

To create additional depth in textures and colors, we replaced the existing garage door and front door with new wood-look doors. We carried the wood look over with the stained wood columns and dark rails (top and bottom) of the railing. To create continuity, the same stone used on the base of the columns continues onto the garage as well as on exterior kneewall of the rear 3-Season room. The masonry used in the construction of this porch is Thinstone with a Bedford Cap by Halquist Stone. The colors are 25% Maple Bluff Red and 75% Gray.

 
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Three Season Back Porch Addition with Rooftop Deck

The rear of our clients home had a concrete back patio with a wood retaining wall. Living in Wisconsin, they sought to extend the outdoor living season from mid-spring to late fall with the addition of the three season porch and a fire pit for chilly evenings. They also needed a place to store their outdoor furniture when the snow falls. The main level of the home was lacking a connection to the back yard. By creating the rooftop deck with a stairway, our clients now have flexibility to access the outdoors from throughout their home. They can now enter the back yard via the upper deck and stairway, or they can go through the lower level and 3-season room. The 3-Season room on the ground level is connected to the walk-out basement. The rooftop deck above the 3-season room has composite decking with a new patio door.

We knew we were hiring a premiere Madison-area builder to ensure a quality product. We are happy with the quality of design and workmanship. All of the new areas look like they should have always been there and add so much beauty and value to our home! We knew Abe personally, but met his team because of this project. Every Degnan employee was professional, personable, and went out of their way to make our experience a good one. They are not just quality contractors, they are all-around good people!
— Review Comment from Todd S, DeForest WI