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Outdoor Spaces: Rocking on a Williamsville porch

A porch doesn’t have to be a sprawling veranda to be a relaxing place to sit and enjoy a quiet evening.

But a small porch that is a bit of an eyesore benefits greatly from a makeover. Such was the case at the Village of Williamsville home of Stephen M. and Rebecca Parisi, who have lived in the house since 2007.

Gone is the rusted wrought-iron railing and old, green flat tin roof. Replacing them: a white-painted wood railing; peaked roof; decorative trim work; new steps; and new front door.

Result: instant curb appeal.

“I didn’t want a flat roof. I wanted a point,” said Rebecca Parisi, who credits local general contractor Michael Minotti, owner of Creative Structures Remodeling LLC, for his patience through the process of creating her idea of a perfect porch.

“I bought him a lot of pizza,” she laughed.

That was six years ago. Today the 7-by-15-foot porch adds plenty of charm to the 1930s-era house. Stephen Parisi said the cost was $5,500.

The furnishings on the porch of this light-gray sided house are kept simple with a red-and-white color scheme: two white wood-slat rocking chairs with red seat cushions; a red-and-white patterned outdoor rug; a white wicker table, and a child-size white wicker chair for young visitors.

The American flag flies from one wooden post; a wreath decorated with red faux geraniums hangs on the front of the house between the chairs. Hanging Boston ferns, a railing planter and a potted plant add greenery.

“I like the laid-back, relaxed feeling of the porch,” Minotti said. “You can make old things nice.”

The west-facing porch gets plenty of afternoon sun, but there’s an alternative outdoor space: a deck in back, which was there when they bought the house.

The deck also sports a red-and-white color scheme, from the solid red market umbrella to the solid and striped cushions on the brown-framed furniture.

They enjoy time out there, too. With the beautiful summer days Western New York is known for, who wouldn’t?

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