Monday, August 26, 2013

Front Porch, Part 2

Here are some  photos of our progress on the front porch (I should say, T's progress, since he has done almost all of the work!!)

The outer walls are up, and the door should be in by the end of the week. 



 I was out of town last weekend, and T. used the rocks from our old walkway to make a ring around this tree for a flower bed.  What do you think?  I like it!  I just can't decide if I should fill it in with rustic containers of flowers or if I should fill it in with soil and flowers, and use my containers elsewhere.

            I had to include this photo of Aussie -- He is such a pretty boy!

                                           Part 3 Coming Soon!  Stay Tuned ~~

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Front Porch, Part 1

This week we got started on our front porch makeover.  T. tore the front steps off and put in temporary steps.  Today, we tore out the posts that were holding up the front of the porch roof.  We were a little shocked (but not too surprised) to find that these posts were rotted completely through only about 6 inches below the surface of the ground!!  

T. dug two 3-1/2' deep post holes, and we set the forms and filled them with concrete.  In a couple of days, we will put up the new posts and get started enclosing our new front porch. 

The posts were attached to the roof using the "toe-nailing" method, and it was difficult to remove them without tearing big holes in the roof.  On the second post, T. used the chainsaw to remove all but a few inches of the post to make the removal process easier.

                                          Hamming it up for the camera.

 I have to mention that we had beautiful weather today for this job; not too hot, no wind -- It was just right!