It’s now time to complete our front porch.
It’s only one of the biggest impact design elements on our house,
+ I’ve had to wait so long!
(Our neighbors must worry that we’ll never finish this thing!)
Here’s my inspiration, found on (where else, duh) Pinterest:
That’s a Dutch colonial with an asymmetrical front, same as we have.
Here’s what our porch looked like when we bought our house:
Overgrown shrubbery, bad aluminum siding, ill-conceived enclosed porch.
Here ’tis, after the bushes were yanked out, with the stone foundation exposed:
HA! Look at the craftsman-style dining light fixture!
Soon there were 2 (out of what would be 4) new posts at the front corners.
We had a bit of confusion over the size of the 2 in the middle.
G.O. thought we’d go with shorties, like the one seen here:
Something about that seemed off to me, though.
I wasn’t sure what would be suitable for our old house,
so we drove around our town’s historical neighborhoods
+ I went back to (duh) Pinterest.
Turns out that historical houses had long posts all along their porches.
Like this. Yes, that’s another Dutch colonial.
Here’s one of our columns. They’re fiberglass, very heavy.
G.O. has been prepping for tomorrow’s post installation,
which involves this big, red jack:
Once the posts go up, it will finally be time for the railings + spindles.
We have one very narrow section installed already:
You can also see my design for under the porch,
using gray lattice panels, in stock at Menards, + white 1 x 4’s.
G.O. painted the blocks black to make them disappear + add depth.
Here’s our inaugural effort, on the east side:
Seems we’ve come such a long way!
There’s still a lot more to be done, so stay tuned!