Hello everyone! I hope you are enjoying your summer! Dale and I are having a much better summer this year! Last summer we were recovering from the flood. Not fun at all.
Summer 2016. Through it all we kept our spirits up.
Well let me tell you about our front porch! Early spring we were ready to give the front porch a finish look by adding lattice to the bottom. But before we could do that Dale needed to address the dirt that was washing out from underneath the porch. He installed 2 x 10’s around the bottom to hold the gravel. Dale used a type of gravel call washout; it is some kind of crushed concrete and fairly inexpensive. He put about a yard of gravel within the border he made and compacted as much as possible. Now for the fun stuff! We choose the smallest square lattice we could find, which I think looks elegant. Once Dale finish applying the lattice, he covered the rough edges using 1 x 4’s. At that point the porch was looking much better, but we noticed when walking up the stairs you could see between the steps and it kind of looked dark and scary underneath. Ha-ha! I believe because our steps are high, it’s very noticeable. To solve the issue Dale installed 2 x 8’s between the steps. No more dark and scary! The benefit to adding the 2 x 8’s gave the steps more support and should keep critters out from underneath the porch. Wow! The porch looks wonderful!
2 x 10 Frame
Hauling the gravel.
Preparing frame for under the steps.
Dale uses his utility trailer to carry his tools and supplies for his convenience. The trailer is easily moved with the garden tractor to the location where he is working. Can you see his miter saw?
Getting ready to install the lattice.
Front steps completed.
Right side view from the street.
Steps 2 x 8’s installed.
The man of the hour, Mr. Dale Phillips! My husband does wonderful work, as you can see the porch looks awesome!
Future Plans For The Porch
Paint, stain and add lights to the steps. All in due time. 🙂
Summer Vacation 2017
Bald River Falls in Tennessee
Biltmore Estate rose garden.
Taking the time to smell the roses.
Enjoying the shade.
Sunflower Field in Stecoah, NC
We both wish you a happy sunny summer!