How to Remodel a Bi-Level Front Porch

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Remodeling a bi-level front porch creates a welcoming entrance to the home. By remodeling both levels of a bi-level front porch, the exterior of the home is updated and curb appeal is added to the property. Remodeling both sections of a bi-level front porch not only adds to the enjoyment of property, it may be paramount in selling the property when the time comes. Real estate agents agree that high curb appeal is paramount to getting perspective buyers to decide to view the inside of a home.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Gardening gloves
  • Broom
  • Hose
  • Paint or stain
  • Paint brushes
  • Exterior lights
  • Prefabricated porch rails
  • Patio table and chairs
  • Patio cushions
  • Porch swing
  • Rocking chairs
  • Potted plants
  • Flowers

Prepare the Porches

  • Remove all items from both porches.

  • Cut away any vegetation or trees in the yard that extend above the floor of the porches.

  • Sweep the porch floors. Consider power washing if needed to remove stubborn dirt or stains.

Construction

  • Repair any damage to the facade of the house. If necessary, paint or power wash the facade.

  • Add new exterior light fixtures, making sure the style is the same for both levels of the porch.

  • Construct railings around the porches if there are none currently. Install the same style and height railings on both levels of the porch. If there are railings already installed, inspect and repair as needed. Apply a fresh coat of paint to the railings.

  • Paint or stain the porch floors. Use the same color for both porches. Make sure the paint or stain is for exterior use and allow the product to cure according to manufacturer's instructions.

Decorate the Porches

  • Add an eating table and a set of chairs to the first level of the bi-level porch. Select a dinette set that's made for exterior use. Secure soft, colorful cushions to the seats for comfort. Place a big potted plant in the center of the table.

  • Secure a porch swing to the ceiling of the second level of the bi-level porch. Make sure the porch swing is installed into the beams of the ceiling for safety. If there is no ceiling, add rocking chairs instead. Place comfortable pillows or cushions in the swing or rockers.

  • Place planters filled with flowers around both porches. Hang potted plants from the ceilings of both porches.

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