Thursday, July 09, 2009
Let the Fun Begin!
Yesterday Lowes delivered all the material we ordered to build our covered porch on the back of our house. This is something that I have wanted since we bought this house four and a half years ago. We love the view of "The Pond" out back, BUT - because we have direct sunlight on the back of the house all day long, it's really hard to sit out there and enjoy it. It also means we have a daily struggle to keep our house cool inside with all that sun beating down on it. We have tons of things to spruce up, replace, upgrade, and decorate in nearly every room of the house, but that's all stuff that' s "just nice" - it still works. The porch, with the view and the shade is, well - pure function. I take function over fashion any day. So the work begins. We used a gas auger and a post hole digger to dig the ten thirty inch deep holes for our ten concrete foundational pylon's. Oh, my! Lots of really hard work. We can't do anything else now until the county inspector says we made them according to code.
Here is most of the lumber for the porch and roof. You can also see some of the holes that we dug. Three of the hole had to go through the existing concrete porch. My buddy, Steve Smith smashed them out yesterday.
This is the rest of the material for the porch. Everything from the concrete tubes, plywood, sacks of rocks, joist hanger, 50 bags of concrete mix, and much more. For now, it has replaced our parking spaces in the garage. Incentive to use it as as soon as possible. The goal is to have it mostly finished by our family vacation here first of August. That may be too hopeful.