Monday, December 17, 2007
Wrecking out and rebuilding the porch:
One of the more disturbing features of the house when we bought it was the 15-inch sag in the roof line of the porch. We used this 28 by 8 foot long porch the first winter for a doghouse, but the dogs were cold because there were huge gaps between the windows and the frames. It was also a lot of potential living space that had quite a pleasant sunny aspect on evenings spring through fall. We estimated that the roof itself could be saved, and wrecked out only the walls and floor. We jacked the roof square again, an operation accompanied by some rather worrying moments as it all creaked back into line. We put in an stone knee wall, backed by concrete, and rebuilt the walls to the roof with good new windows. Like the barn, the porch awaits some new siding, which will likely be cedar shingles as they last a long time without maintenance, and because shingling is one of Aimee's best skills.