Well the demo continues. Working on the floor of the porch has been interesting to say the least. While tearing up the floor we are trying to preserve some of the joists underneath as some of that wood is stronger and bigger than you can buy today. Pulling up flooring of tongue and groove, rotting floorboards. Cleaning up as we go along and putting all the old pieces of wood in the burn pile. Boy are we going to have a bonfire when we are done. We have to have everything burned before July 1st when the burn ban goes into effect through Labor Day.
This has been an adventure, I would rather have skipped. Though looking ahead to the awesome porch I envision will be the payoff. Assuming it turns out as nice as the picture in my head.
Now you are not going to believe what we found underneath those rotting board. A tree stump, that they just built the porch around. I am talking about a really really big tree stump!! I believe it must have been cut down 90 to 100 years ago.
We have not uncovered the whole stump, but it looks to be about 3 feet in diameter. I took a picture, but not sure how good it will show the enormity of it. This house was built in 1898, but not sure when the porch was built. Probably sometime in the 20’s or 30’s maybe. The man that lived in this house before we purchased it had live her for almost 50 years and raised a family here. I believe the porch must have been put on before he moved in.
This porch will be the last major repair/replacement we will have to make in this house. All of the rest of the house has been renovated inside and the front porch was done about 5 years ago. The only other thing I would like to change is the aluminum siding. I really don’t like aluminum siding. Oh, and maybe the windows. They don’t leak but they have wavy glass in them, and though it is vintage, I don’t like to look through it. I don’t want my vision though the window to be distorted, my eyes themselves will do that on their own. Need to quit thinking about what I would still like to do to this house as I hope to get on with the Dream House we are building next door. Remember that project?
I took some pictures of the back porch demo, I hope you can see some promise in them. It really has nowhere to go but up, right?
Stay tuned for next weekend.
Annie, the novice porch planner.