Curb Appeal

In addition to putting in a pea gravel patio, we also redid the front porch this summer. Six years ago, we had some charlatans fix the roof, but they did a lousy job; water was seeping through the gutters. The floor boards were suffering from serious rot. I placed flower pots over the holes in the porch, but the holes were getting bigger and more numerous. The Flower Pot Solution (FPS) wasn't working any more.


First step was getting a new roof. (I was so disgusted that we had to replace the porch roof for a second time that I guess I never took pictures of it.) Then we called in Scottie and Don to put in a new porch floor. They said that the porch floorboards should run away from the house and not horizontal to the house like ours did. Who knew?


Scottie and Don are nice guys, but they stayed too long. I think they didn't have another job to go to, so they dragged this one out until they found another gig. The New Economy hasn't been good to these guys who insist on playing by the old rules — no illegal immigrant labor, benefits for the workers, compliance with OSHA regulations. They keep getting outbid by the New Economy contractors. (Except on this project. For some reason, their quote was 50 percent lower than the others.)

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Looks nice, doesn't it? See. All the boards go towards the street, so the water runs away from the house. Don and Scottie insisted on using tongue-in-groove mahogany. It was actually cheaper than the plastic stuff. See! The water runs off nicely. Like butter.

After they left, we brought in Eddie to paint the railings and the columns. Here's the porch today. 



5 thoughts on “Curb Appeal

  1. Beautiful! I just went out to look at our front porch – the boards run toward the street. Who knew?
    In April 2009 the big pipe taking waste water from our home to the sewage system had to be replaced. A century old, the clay pipe had sprung leaks and been invaded by tree roots. Our basement floor was torn up from stem to stern, and a giant hole dug under and beyond our front porch. For a few days the entire porch was supported by a single 100-year old brick pillar. I asked one of the guys if the porch would stand. “Absolutely,” he said. “Unless we get a lot of rain. Packed earth has helped to keep it sound.”
    Hours later, as a torrential downpour continued unabated, he and his crew worked late into the night to keep the hole drained – and our porch standing!


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