A Sleek, Stylish and Functional Renovation
When Chiara bought her Princeton home in the late 1980s, she didn’t give much thought to its modest façade. But after 30 years, and a complete kitchen and family room renovation, it was time to enhance her home’s street appeal as well. Her plan was to remove an old trellis and build out the front porch without compromising the flow of natural light into the house. She was also considering a carport addition to improve the overall functionality of her home.
She approached the team at Dickson Development with five distinct goals:
1. Replace an old trellis with an expanded front porch
2. Add a carport to make room for a third car
3. Allow direct access to the mudroom through the porch
4. Reduce the need to use stairs in the multilevel house
5. Create an independent apartment on the garage level of the home
“All that required some serious thinking,” she says. “I was concerned that without the trellis, the house would look long and flat. I wanted the porch addition to create more depth to the house and pull it all together, without taking light away from the windows.”
Chiara had already worked with Dickson Development on a major kitchen remodel (Click for details) and was comfortable bringing her ideas to their receptive team. “It’s always exciting to help a client bring their ideas to fruition,” says Richard Dickson.
Thanks to their collaboration, what was once a bare trellis among an unremarkable façade with a small, porticoed entryway is now an elegant and expansive porch that is as lovely as it is functional. It connects the front entrance to the house with a contemporary carport that provides direct access to a mudroom and separate apartment. It was important to Chiara that the porch not be covered where there were windows.
“It was also important to me that the porch would provide direct access to the mudroom. With the addition of a carport, we could also make room for a third car,” she explains. “These changes were all very useful in eliminating the need to use stairs in our multilevel. There is now a separate in-law or home office suite on the garage level of the home. This is ideal for guests as well.”
With a separate entrance and no stairs to climb from the garage, guests of all ages can feel welcome and comfortable in her home. “The neighbors also keep telling me how much they love the change,” she exclaims.
Here’s a look at the front exterior of the home, before and after the porch was expanded and a carport was added:
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