Porch-tastic

Ever since we moved into our house, Jeremiah has hated our back porch. I remember the day that we wrote up our offer on the house and we sat on the back porch.  We had to clear the vines that were covering the one built-in seat and there were trees growing up through the concrete next to the porch. Nice.

House when we first bought it. Vines intact. Uck.

Fast forward 6 years. Jeremiah (and I) are sick of our back porch. The gutter was never properly finished and the underlying deck boards are rotting. I have repainted the side boards and supporting foundation several times only for it to chip away. The kids love to eat outside, but we do not have enough room for a table or chairs, or even more than a grill!

J is happy to see this porch go!

J is happy to see this porch go!

So this Memorial Day weekend, we decided to rebuild our back porch.  J and brother Kyle got the lumber on Saturday and since it had rained all day, we hoped to begin Sunday. Sunday morning the rain did not let up. It poured all day. J and Papa Dave and G tore into the porch and began demolition. And it rained and rained and rained.  Did I mention it rained?

Boards off!

Just a bit rotten….

Papa Dave and G braving the rain. G thought he was in heaven.

Papa Dave and G braving the rain. G thought he was in heaven.

The porch was even more rotten than we thought.  All of the joists and baseboards were basically crumbling into powder. J found a board on the porch where someone had inscribed that it was built September, 1961. Old stuff. And apparently they thought the porch was a good storage/junk area, because we found it as such:

Never know what you find under a porch.

Never know what you find under a porch.

Monday we hoped that the weather would cooperate some. At least a little. The forecast looked bleak, but we had hope! Helpers arrived around 9am and got to work. Side note: our ‘helpers’ are awesome. Our family is blessed with some very intelligible people in the way of home improvements, among other things. My brother and in-law, father and in-law, and my husband have done countless projects on each of their own houses. Just on ours alone, they have helped with roofing, installing new windows, demolition, hardwood floor installation, wiring, tiling, painting, wall building, tree removal, gravel and earth moving, and {my least favorite} plumbing. 😛

We had luck! It only sprinkled for about 20 minutes on Monday and we made a LOT of progress!

Making progress

Making progress

Lotsa help!

Lotsa help!

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Beginning of the floorboards

G seriously enjoyed the porch building. He demanded to be outside all day and ‘work hard with daddy and papa’.  He also completely mastered the drill and proceded to spend the majority of the day building an ‘ironman suit’ out of scrap boards and screws. Tonight he told J that he was a ‘really good builder’, and then asked if he would build him a treehouse for his happy birthday. What a sweet talker.

Master driller!

Master driller!

So the frame turned into a full blown flat porch and I was happy! I excitedly asked what was next. I got ‘the look’ from my husband, and then he stated that the stairs were next. I’m not sure what happened after that, but soon our sidewalk was being pulverized with a sludge hammer and carried away. We were left with a giant mud pit of a yard. Guess that adjacent concrete patio that we were contemplating will be becoming a reality fairly soon…;)

Bye bye sidewalk

Bye bye sidewalk

Semi-finished stairs

Semi-finished stairs

Obviously the porch is not finished. We still have a laundry list of finishing touches to complete. Railing and bottom covering is next, then flower planter boxes around the poles, an adjacent patio, a kid’s table/countertop….etc. The mud pit will also need addressed.  But my mom and I completed the mulching that I had been meaning to get done, so overall, even with the rain, it turned out to be a productive weekend!

-The Costello’s

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