Thursday, November 11, 2010

Papa Needs a New Porch - Part 1

You never run out of projects when you live in an old house. Some are more urgent than others, some are big, some are small, some are obvious, some are hidden.

We moved in 7 1/2 years ago and fixing our porch has been on our project list from the very beginning. We are just now getting it done. Hey, it took time to figure out what we want, to discuss the project with a structural engineer and various contractors, as well as obtain approval from the Preservation Commission, since we live in an historic district.

When we purchased the house, we knew there were some porch issues to be addressed. Let me show you what we started with:
Sorry for the poor quality of the photo, but it does not prevent you from seeing the blue, indoor/outdoor carpet. Yes, I said BLUE INDOOR/OUTDOOR CARPET. Ick! Shortly after we moved in, The Husband ripped up the carpet and worked really, really hard to remove the adhesive from the concrete.

Guess what we found when the carpet was removed?

Cracks. Big cracks. Cracks that had been patched previously. Patches that failed. We had the San Andreas fault line on the south end of our porch! The porch evidently cracked when the southwest pillar settled some years ago.
We also had a major crack in the steps. FYI...That's my attack frog, so be warned.
Did I mention the sidewalk was also cracked? No? Guess what? The sidewalk is cracked, ya'll!

The Husband diligently spoke to people and sought referrals for concrete contractors. He sought out contractors for discussions and estimates. He finally found a guy who does great work, has happy customers and doesn't charge an arm and a leg. So, the project has begun.

Day 1:
Day 2:
This work takes care of all the big cracks. Now the smaller cracks need to be ground out. Think noise and concrete dust.

Stay tuned for the next progress report!

1 comment:

  1. Aw, remodel. I really love to remodel. Good luck. Can't wait for Part 2.