Sunday, October 21, 2012

No More 50's Front Porch

I am so close to having the front of the house finished, but the porch still needs some attention.  Several weeks ago Luke removed the railing from around the porch.  We don't like how much it sticks out into the sidewalk so we won't be reusing it. My dad is going to rework it into a railing for an egress window at his home so it's not going to waste.
The ugly outdoor carpet will not come clean but at least it distracts the eye from the big crack in the concrete.
After seriously considering my options I decided to lay cedar decking over the concrete steps. First I put down redwood sleeper strips over the concrete.  This will keep the decking from making direct contact with the concrete and prolong its lifespan.
 
I wanted cedar decking, but the only boards I could find in stock were rough cut 2x4's.  I had to run each through the table saw to trim them down to the standard 5/4 decking thickness.  Each board them had to be planed and sanded before I could seal it.  I used Thompsons water seal which has to sit in a heated environment for 48 hours to properly dry.  No wonder this porch took me so long to build.  It seemed like an eternity before I could finally install the decking.
With the decking in place I could build our handrails.  Even though the porch is under 30" tall and does not require a railing I though handrails might be nice for elderly visitors.  I used aluminum deck rails to incorporate some of the bronze accents I have used elsewhere in the house.

And after all that work the porch is finally done.  We didn't have to look at this eyesore any longer
Because now we get to come home to this.  
 Eventually we will have a set of patio doors off the back of the house.  For now this is our only door which is inconvenient when I want to get to the garage but also means one less path I have to shovel during the winter. Having this project finished also means that I am finished with exterior projects for the year.  It's time for me to hunker down for the winter and make the interior of the house look as nice as the exterior.









1 comment:

Stefanie Michelle said...

So glad I found this! Even if I am 2 years late! This 50's porch looks almost exactly like our 50's porch! I've been having a hard time finding something to do with the awful carpeting.. you've inspired me!

Thanks!!
Stefanie