Low Voltage Lighting

Before I could put the cement backer board on the outside of the bottom of the porch, I decided to install low voltage deck lighting. Since it's all the same cable, I went ahead and placed a few landscape lights as well for the walkway:

You can see I've painted just around the lights themselves before installing them. I promised Kaelin that she could help paint, so I didn't paint the entire section.

It was a lot more expensive than I thought, running $90 for the transformer, $20 for the cable and another $100 for the lights themselves. By the time I'm finished with the screened porch, stone base and tile floor, I think all together it should increase the value of the house considerably. imported-476

Porch Framing Continues

As you can see I've got about 2/3 of the framing complete for the porch. The outer bottom will be finished in stone, and above that will be screen. I've taken the opportunity to run some electrical as well so I'll have flood lights in the back yard just to the side of the back exit from the porch, and a porch light mounted to the left of the main entrance. I plan to also add some low-voltage lighting both as landscape lights around the walkway and side, and a couple as 'deck' lights mounted inside the framed bottom that will light up the floor of the porch.

I've picked up bead-board panels (not cheap at $18 a sheet) to do the ceiling. imported-475

Looking At Cultured Stone

I've been looking around to see what I could put around the bottom of the porch for a nice stone look and found a local manufacturer of imitation stone veneer products.

This stuff is 1/4 the weight of real stone and looks identical. The only catch with this stuff is that the coloring of the stone is on the surface, so if it gets nicked you'll likely see grey. Originally I wanted a tight fit 'ledgestone' but the reseller talked me out of it since I've never done stone work before. He pointed out that it would take 4 times longer to cover the same amount of space because of how many pieces it would require.

Cost for the fake stone? Around $4 a sqft with tax. That's a heck of a lot cheaper than real, and should suit my purposes just fine. Besides, if I screw it up, I risk less money. :-)



Porch Walk

I've done my first concrete work, that is if you don't count digging a hole and pouring in a bag of concrete to support a mailbox. When the contractor removed the slab from between the house and the fence, we found more concrete under that in two sections like for car tires. Those pieces were blended a bit more into the main slab and didn't come out very nicely. About 50 pounds of QuickRete later and I've patched the front edge. You can see the change in color at the end of the walkway. That's my patch job.


I also layed in the pavers that lead up to the porch. Next is to paint some of the boards of the roof for moisture protection, then start framing in the porch to be screened. I've decided to go with 36' wide doors on the porch to make moving out easier than moving in was :-)

I also dug a trench around the front of the patio leading from just left of the walkway all the way to the right edge, turning then down about 3/4 of the length of the patio. I placed a PVC pipe with holes drilled in it to help with drainage, then covered it with drainage rock. Hopefully this will prevent any possible problems with water runoff making it's way onto the porch. The front edge of the porch is lower than the end of the yard, and the back edge of the porch is about 9' above ground, so the water should naturally roll around the porch now. imported-472

The Roof Is Done

Yesterday I finished replacing the roofing material on the front porch in the 95 degree weather. The decking is all 1x12 plank, so I replaced rotted sections with 1x6 plank. I went ahead and painted the top and edges of the new wood since it wasn't pressure treated. I then installed the metal drip edging around the three sides. I installed an 8' wide flashing where the roof meets the house. Amazingly when the porch was first built, no flashing was used. I've probably had melting snow water dripping down the inside of that wall for a decade.

Even though it was expensive at $45 a roll times four rolls, I installed 'Ice and water shield' first on the deck. It's a self-adhesive rubber that protects the wood from ice, snow and rain. Over that I put 30 pound roofing felt, followed by asphalt roll roofing. The roof has about a 1 1/2' per foot pitch to it, which is too flat for shingles. I sealed all the edges of the asphalt with roofing cement and nailed down securely. I'm no expert, but I think I did the job right and it should stand up for the next ten years without difficulty. Ten years is about what you can expect from asphalt roll roofing.

Now if only I can get my contractor to show up to get the debris out of the yard and break up the concrete slab I want removed that adjoins the porch. imported-471

Porch Continues

The deconstruction and rebuilding of the porch continues... thankfully the weather has held for the most part. We did have one severe storm after I removed the roofing material, but the next day was hot and the wood dried out quickly.

I replaced each 'support' beam with new 4x4 pressure treated beams mounted on brackets anchored into the concrete. None of the original beams actually provided any support. I think the weight of the roof was held up by the 1x2 framing for the screens more than anything else.

Now I have a huge pile of debris while I wait for my contractor with the dumptruck to arrive and remove that and the concrete slab in front of the porch. There's a slightly raised 'walkway' that's about 6'x4' in front of the porch that funnels water onto it.


The Old House

My business partner's Grandmother's house is about to be torn down to make room for a new residential development. He's invited me to 'salvage' anything I can from the 6000 sqft Craftsman Bungalow...
Things like miles of solid oak trim, thousands of cedar shakes on the siding and whatever bricks I can get without dropping a chimney on my head.

Life is good. imported-469

Replacing Support Columns On The Screened In Porch

After pulling out some of the facing on the screened porch, it was apparent that only luck was holding up the roof:

So, off to Lowe's I went to purchase 4x4x8 pressure treated beams. I also opted to go with steel brackets to hold the bottom of the 4x4 columns, so I needed to drill into the concrete footing to anchor them. Unfortunately my 20 year old corded Black & Decker drill wasn't quite going to cut it, so I spent around $220 on a DeWalt 18 volt cordless. I was pleasantly surprised to learn my purchase earned me a $50 Lowe's card rebate at the register!

The first thing I did was provide some temporary support for the roof by wedging three of the beams into various positions to take roof load if anything went wrong.

Next I removed the old column - which as you can see wasn't even sitting on anything. They had simply cut a square into the sill to sit the column inside and toe-nailed into the sill around it. Not quite sure how... I'm guessing at one time there was something underneath the column.

Porch renovation started

After a long renovation vacation (almost two years) I finally decided it was time to redo the porch.

We're still in demolition phase, but here's the before pictures. Thankfully I decided to do this, because with all the rotten wood, it's amazing the roof is still standing.


Trying to Budget Home Improvements

While trying to budget some home improvements I glanced at the calendar and noticed that it was getting to be July - halfway through the year.

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