Friday, July 30, 2010

We have a front porch

They finished our front porch today. I guess we can no longer confuse visitors.
This is a view of the south lower stairs. We have nice sturdy stairs and handrails.
Before the house was raised, we accessed the circuit breaker box from the ground which was three steps lower than the old porch. Now that it is accessed from the porch, everything is lower than usual. This end of the porch was extended to give the required clearance in front of the circuit breaker box.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sixteen steps

They finished putting in the stair tread and risers. They also added the railing.
They also started to put up some of the balusters.
This is a view looking out of our front door. When they removed the temporary stairs they made it so our screen door wouldn't open. This picture is taken through the screen door.
There are sixteen steps to get to the front porch. Ten to get from the foundation to the landing and six to get from the landing to the porch. The back porch also has sixteen steps -- eight to get from the sidewalk to the landing and eight to get from the landing to the porch. We had seventeen steps when we were on the Jenga blocks.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

More stairs

The front porch is looking more like the architect's drawings. Today they added the decking to the landing and most of the treads and risers to the north stairs (the one to the left). They also put in the framing for the south stairs.
Because the stairs aren't finished, they blocked off the north stairs. While I was taking pictures, our cat ignored the barrier and went clear up to the front porch.
This is the decking on the landing.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Front porch steps

They finished putting the decking on the porch. They put the tread and the risers on the stairs from the porch to the landing.
They also put up the framing for the stairs to the left (as you look at the front of the house) and they put up the columns at the bottom of the stairs to the right. The columns at the bottom of the stairs to the left are behind the port-a-potty. The port-a-potty is now labeled a "Spiffy Biffy."

Monday, July 26, 2010

Front porch decking

They put most of the decking on the front porch. There is a little more that needs to be added near the fuse box. They also need to trim the ends
They also put the stair supports from the front porch to the landing.

Friday, July 23, 2010


Today they installed posts to hold up the roof over the porch.
We had someone come by today who hasn't been to our house since they tore out the front steps. She couldn't figure out how to get in until the workers told her about our new back porch.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Porch and Septics

They continued to work on the front porch today. They worked on the landing and removed the wall next to the front door. Removing the wall lets us get to the circuit breaker box. If you look closely you can see the electric meter. The circuit breaker box is next to the meter.
This is a different view of the landing that they were working on today. If you look at the main part of the porch you can see where they removed the wall.
They also covered up our the last parts of our septic system today.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

More front porch and drywall

They continued building the front porch. They are also starting to remove the wall next to the front door. That is so we can get to the circuit breaker box without a latter. The circuit breaker box is on the other side of that wall.
They also finished taping the drywall.
We also have some earthmoving equipment in our back yard. They may be going to finish the septic system.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Front Porch and drywall

They continued building the front porch today.
Yesterday there were only the four posts. Today the started putting up the support for the porch.
They also put up the rest of the drywall in the garages and the area between the garages. They also started taping the drywall. You will notice that the drywall for the walls is a different color than the drywall for the ceiling.

Monday, July 19, 2010

The work goes on

A lot of work has been done since the last blog entry. They finished the back porch. They still need to build the cover for the back porch, but that will be done later.
They also tore out the front steps and started to build the front porch. Life will be challenging for any door-to-door salesperson that comes to our house.
They put a sign on the front screen to remind us not to use the front door.
They started to drywall the garage.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


They started adding the railing to our back porch.
This is a different view of the back porch. You can see that the railing is missing from the far left side next to the house. It either hasn't been installed yet or they are going to put in a zip line. I think a zip line would be fun.
After our septic system gets inspected, maybe our yard can get back to normal.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


They installed the rest of the decking on the porch today. They also installed more posts for the railing.
They also installed most of the decking on the landing. There are a couple of boards at the edge that need to be installed.

Monday, July 12, 2010

A little more work

They did a little work on our back porch today. The changes I saw were diagonal bracing, a little decking, and another post by the stairs.

Friday, July 9, 2010

We have steps

They put the tread and risers on the steps to our back porch.
This is the top part of the steps.
We still need the deck for the landing.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The back porch is looking good

They continued building our back porch. They added three of the columns to support the covering we will have on the back porch.
They finished framing the stairs today.
They also added some decking to the porch. They put a board under the back door that prevents it from opening. They may have done that to prevent us from going out on the back porch before it is safe, or they may have put the board there to get it out of the way.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Looking more like a porch each day

They continued working on our back porch today. They framed the top part of the stairs.
This is a view from the back door. It won't be long before we can use our back door again.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

More work on back porch

They added more of the joists for the back porch. They also built the landing for the stairs to the back porch. You can see they put a piece of plywood over the window near the landing. I think that is to protect the window while they are working on the back porch and stairs.
They also started working on the stairs to the back porch.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Back porch has started

They started building our back porch today.
It is almost tempting to step out the back door, but I think I will wait.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Removed forms

They removed the forms for the footings today. This is the front porch and steps footings.
This is the back porch and steps footings.
They also delivered some lumber today. They even left me room to park in the garage.