All posts tagged: DIY

Construction Finished on the Front Porch

I have been working on the last few details as I wrap up the renovation of the front porch. It is always a thrill to see what you dream about come to life. We originally had a brick front porch and when building a home, the construction method around here is to brick the foundation first, then add the front porch towards the end of construction. With our home, the resulting problem with this method was two-fold: the original porch was never really attached to the house; it merely sat on a pad with nothing to tie the porch to the foundation wall. Secondly, the concrete pad was not sufficient to resist future movement of the ground it sat on. Over a time span of 15 years, large gaps emerged where the steps met the porch, and where the porch met the house. The front porch was slowly moving in two directions. When visitors began to comment on this obviously backwoods way of making a front porch, my wife and I knew it would have …