Project Description

A quick way to dramatically add value to your home

This homeowner had a very traditional story-and-a-half house in the Myers Park neighborhood of Charlotte, NC. While it was picturesque, the small front stoop didn’t have any space where the homeowner could entertain or simply enjoy the view in this historic neighborhood.

Home addition goals and challenges

  • We wanted to eliminate the front stoop and create a useable space for daily living and for entertaining.
  • Since we were changing the front façade, we wanted to ensure that we added more curb appeal to this home.

How we did it

  • We began by elevating the front porch so that it was on the same level as the main floor living room and sitting area that it would tie into.
  • We then expanded the front porch to reach from the existing edge of the stairs to the outside wall of the home. This created a gracious sitting area ideal for entertaining or for casually taking in neighborhood views.
  • Instead of adding a plain porch, we put a stone façade on the new structure and braced it with six architectural columns to create a visually appealing space. A tongue and groove ceiling and lighting adds to the charm and character of the space.
  • We tied the new porch roof into the existing roofline. Above the porch on the second story, we added a dormer. This brought natural light into the staircase on the other side of the wall. To add an interesting interior architectural feature, we created a cathedral ceiling in the dormer space, which adds drama to the top of the staircase. Cedar shake accents complete the look.
  • While we were working on this project, we uncovered some moisture issues in the crawl space and other minor maintenance issues we were able to address.
  • In all, the project took just 13 weeks and made a dramatic difference in this home’s appeal.
They sat at our kitchen table and listened to our ideas and provided great feedback. They genuinely wanted to take the time to go through everything and to make sure that we were aware of all of our options and all of the materials that were available. They really wanted to know what we were envisioning and not just push standard designs or concepts onto us.
Josiah Wallace, Front porch addition
The house looks completely different on the outside. More vibrant, improved exterior and interior. Neighbors notice the change and compliment the work. Driving up to it feels better since the house looks so much better…I’d absolutely recommend PCB.
M. Melendez, Exterior renovations
We would definitely recommend Palmer Custom Builders. The work was done quickly, efficiently, and completed to my expectations. All the workers who came into my home were polite, kept my house as clean as possible, and were very particular with the work they performed.
D. Pitsos, Shower renovation
Once our project got started, work progressed efficiently and quality and workmanship were outstanding. Most importantly, communication was excellent throughout the project. We would highly recommend Palmer Custom Builders and plan to use them again for our next project.
B. Imseis, Master bathroom remodel
We were so satisfied with Gary’s work on our kitchen remodel, we knew we could trust him with a large renovation project. We’ve been very happy with the quality of work and the attention to detail.
Tate, Dramatic addition, See photos of this project
The best part of working with Palmer Custom Builders was that they had total control of the job. That was very important to us, since we both work, leave early in the morning, and don’t come home until early evening. It was important to us to know that everything was being handled. If they had any questions, they had them ready for us early in the morning, so that we could answer them. That kind of coordination is sometimes hard for contractors to do on a long-term project, but they managed it well.
Janet Lundberg, Screened porch addition