This summer was meant to be the year we came out of home-improvement hibernation and started handling some of our deferred projects. And it has been, but not with our a fair amount of stress. Over the July 4 weekend we decided to tackle our rotting front porch.
In addition to replacing the beams, he added some extra insulation in some areas. The rotting beams were actually creating a gap and allowing air to leak into the house, so I think simply replacing the beams will make the house warmer, but the insulation will make it even better.
Our contractor also decided to frame out the deck for us as a motivator for Kyle to finish the job -- from on dad to another. (His words.) I don't think he understood how desperately motivated we were to finish this project, but we'll take it! He provided and installed all but two of the joists to support the porch.
We're also pondering what to do around the edges. The old porch rails are in pretty sorry shape, but they could theoretically be put back. Our neighbor suggested planter boxes instead of railing around the edges, which is kind of appealing.
I really want to widen the front steps and add steps on the far end to connect the side gate with the front porch. We also need to figure out a good way to prevent animals from burrowing under the porch. We added some poultry netting, but we're pretty sure it will only deter the slacker skunks and racoons.
So that's the new porch. Kyle and I sat out there the night he finished laying the decking and drank our beers (and got eaten up by mosquitoes), but otherwise we haven't really been able to enjoy it due to the massive pile of paint scrapings in the front yard.
At first we spent about an hour on it each night after the girls went to bed. Then last weekend we accidentally discovered it is much faster in the heat of day. The paint is much more pliable when it's 95 degrees outside. Oh, goodie!
Here's to home improvement. Even the not fun kind.
(Truth be told I'd like to fast forward to the part where we're drinking beers on our fully finished porch by in front of our fully repainted house.)
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