our porch with the new front door
When Michael and I were thinking of buying the house that we’re currently living in I brought along a contractor for an experienced opinion on what work we would have to do and not have to do if we actually bought the place. As with any 100+ year old home I expected there would be problems that we would have to fix, I just crossed my fingers they wouldn’t be the big expensive type since we were literally investing every cent we owned into this home.
After walking me through the house, and showing me all the things that were great about the house, the contractor pointed out that the front porch was close to needing replacing. The wood was rotting from the outside in, the wood on the ceiling was starting to fall and the bannister was completely rusted through. He told us that likely the porch would have another couple of good years ahead of it before we would need to replace the whole thing. And how right he was!
Two weeks ago, as we were sitting on the front steps for our “after dinner” dessert, Johannes pulled on the bannister and it came right off. Then Magnus, as if on cue, pulled off a big chunk of the wooden slat at the very top of the porch, and Michael’s foot almost broke through the top of the porch. It was the sign we had been waiting for, we need a new porch.
Since we have to absolutely replace our porch, Michael and I talked about what we would like to do. We know we want to have a modern look to the exterior. Something that matches the new front door we had installed in January. We also know that we want to extend the porch a bit to the left so that the support post no longer cuts off the main window, and so we can build an enclosure for our garbage, recycling and organics bins. This last part is very important, especially to Michael, who routinely has to clean up old food and edibles in his work suit after the raccoons have ransacked our bins during the night. And last of all we want to put in skylights. Because our house is a semi-detached, we only have windows at either end of the house, and none on the sides, making the main floor quite dark especially in winter. I think the skylights will give the main living room at least, some much needed light.
On Sunday we went for a little neighbourhood walk, and snapped some shots of inspirational porches. We called it “porch hunting” and here’s what we came up with, as well as some ideas for how to decorate our porch once we build it. The build itself might take some time to start. We are submitting our plans this week, but we may be asked to present our plans to the committee of adjustments, which means several months before all the approvals are acquired. So for now I dream, PIN and porch hunt on my time off.