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How We Built the Wrap Around Porch at our Waco Airbnb

I always dreamed about having a wrap around porch. When I bought the Waco Home I knew it could happen. Find out why it almost didn’t.

How to Build a warp Around Porch

I know I have mentioned many times how much I love our wrap-around porch at our Airbnb in Waco. 

It was a vision of mine to add a wrap around porch to our home so we could sit and overlook the two hundred year old oak tree.

But it almost didn’t happen. 

The House Before We Built the Wrap Around Porch

In case you haven’t seen this photo before, this is what our house looked like when we bought it. Can you tell how much the front porch roof is sagging? It might because of the supports that are holding up the roof. Look closely. 

Unbelievable, huh?

Waco House Before

If you look at the existing roof, try to imagine how you could add a porch roof to the current roof. It works in front of the house, but not on the side.

We had a gazillion ideas but they were all band-aid solutions. And most didn’t work.

Porch Before Photos 15

So I had to make a decision. If I wanted to have a wrap around porch we needed to take off the roof and re-engineer a new roof to include the roof for the porch. It was not in the budget but the alternative was a front porch only.

So that’s what we did. 

How We Built the Wrap Around Porch

I should mention that the existing roof was in awful condition. So I knew we had to replace the roof material. But. I hadn’t planned on taking off the entire roof and changing the roofline.


Porch Before Photos 11

You can see here why I wanted to enjoy the view of our tree. This photo was taken from the front of the home, looking at the porch which is on the left side of the home.

Porch Before Photos 4

This angle is from the back of the home where you can see how it wraps around to the back.

Porch Before Photos 8

Once we had completed the foundation and basic frame of the porch, I knew we had done the right thing.

Porch Before Photos 12

I opted for wood flooring. I will never forget the day when my contractor asked me which direction I wanted the floorboards to be placed. I had no idea so I started searching my Instagram for photos of the wrap-around porches I loved.

Porch Before Photos 2  

We finished the roof and I instantly knew I had made the right decision.

How we Built Our Wrap Around Porch

Once the stairs, railing and beadboard ceiling was finished, I fell in love.

Porch Before Photos 7

The next step was to paint the porch and I should come clean about a huge mistake I made. I even wrote a blog post about it called My Biggest Mistake in the Waco House Remodel.

You can’t tell from the photo below, but I painted the ceiling of the porch the most gorgeous light blue color. It is Sherwin Williams Sky High, SW 6504.


As you can see from this photo, the porch is wonderful. 

I cannot wait to share with you the first look of the completely finished porch. Be sure to check out my blog post tomorrow morning. It looks amazing!

Completed Wrap Around Porch

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How We Built Our Wrap Around Porch

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7 Responses

  1. Leslie: I cannot wait for that day that I sit on that big ole porch with a glass of champagne. Beautiful!

  2. It is a jaw dropping amazing transformation – just wowed me with that before/after. It is truly unbelievable it is the same property! Oh and that TREE???? Right there was the best reason to do that. Well done, Leslie – it is a gorgeous place now!

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