The front porch has long been the glory of our home, in our minds. It spans the length of the front and down half the east side of our home, with a slate walk all the way around, two sets of stairs, and entrances on both sides.
The first thing we did upon moving into our home was to prune back all of the vines and branches reaching up around the edges and onto the roof. The protective shield of greenery did keep the porch clean from the street dirt, and provided a load of privacy, but also hid this gorgeous porch from view. In the above photo, you can see what we saw upon viewing our home for the first time.
Almost ten years later, we find that we need to not only repaint, but also rebuild sections of our beloved porch. After chopping down the vines, a year later we put on gutters, which dried out the porch significantly. But, that also meant that the porch now was able to dry rot, which it did in sections. It began slowly and we noticed significant damage two summers ago. We can no longer put off repairing our porch.
In the process of repainting the back porch, I have learned the best products to use to coat the front porch and have begun the sanding process. Bill has used beams to prop up the front edge and will begin tearing out the rot this coming weekend.
We will need to replace the wood footings under the columns and many floor boards, but hopefully none of the spindles.
I will begin repainting the floor and ceiling in sections, hopefully coating at least half the porch before winter. The weather, cold and rain, will determine how far I’m able to go. By next summer, we hope to finish painting and repair.