Porch construction has been a slow process. Between work, weather and some work we are doing at church there just has not been much time for improving our own house. But over the Memorial Day weekend we were able to make some serious progress. With the help of Luke's brother we finished framing the porch roof
I'm hoping to finish the porch painting this week and excavation for the driveway and garage should start on Thursday. After all these months we are finally doing something with this house!
Friday, May 09, 2014
We started on the porch last weekend but most of our time was spent on boring projects that don't do much for the aesthetics of the house. But now the concrete is hauled away to the dump and the footings for the porch have been poured. We're ready to start building.
The first step was to get the framing in place. Fortunately my brother and his fiancee had a lot of free time during these last few days until graduation and helped us get the posts up and the floor framing in.
Sunday, May 04, 2014
After a few months away from blogging I'm back and ready for a fresh challenge. We've been in the house since Labor Day but we haven't tackled any real projects until now. We plan to make up for that time off in the next few months. Our big project will be building a garage, but there are countless small projects that go along with the garage. First up is our front entry situation. Here is what we've been looking at for the last eight months.
So far the only improvement I have made was planting these maple trees a few weeks ago.
In an effort to dress up the front of this bland little ranch and tie in with our future garage we decided to replace the concrete steps with a covered porch. Our first step was to get rid of the precast steps using craigslist. I was surprised at how many people were interested in our free steps and how few of them had any plan for how to move 800 lbs of concrete. But eventually we found the right person to haul them away. My brother built us a temporary set of steps to use until we build the porch.