The Front Porch

>> Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A friend told us that every home in Kentucky needed a front porch, that it was actually additional living space. Before we had finished the addition to our house I built a front porch. It is the length of the house, 3o feet, and 8 feet wide.

Garry's pictures 007 The picture above was taken shortly after the porch was built.

One item that Connie had wanted for the porch was a porch swing. I kept thinking that I could build her one, even located plans on the internet, but just never got around to getting one built. We had sat in a patio swing with the canopy at my cousin’s home and discussed getting one of those. We looked at a nice one at Wally World (Wal-Mart) but decided that it was just too big for our porch. I asked the associate if they carried porch swings. She said that they didn’t but that her husband built them. She cautioned me to be quiet but she gave me his phone number.

After talking to him on the phone Connie and I went over to his shop and looked at one he had built. He said he would build whatever we wanted. The only thing different we asked for was a little additional depth, it was a bit short for my long legs. He built it for us with that additional depth and also a bit taller. It was built out of native cedar, although not from here on the ridge.

August  25 001 While we were at Wally World looking at the patio swing we noticed that they had marked down the price on “porch rockers.” Connie had expressed many times that one would be nice. So, we went back and bought two!

August  25 002 With nice porch furniture we decided that it would be nice to have the porch screened in, which we had discussed in times past. Although not quite finished, we are getting the porch screened in. I had to do some additional framing, as shown here.

August 7 001 Since we had never put a ceiling in the porch that was also needed. I considered several ways of doing it but finally settled on using OSB (orient strand board).

August 23 004 I caulked the seams before painting. After painting I also installed two ceiling fans with lights.

August 23 005 This week I have put up the screen and put wood strips over the seams. These I put on with screws so they can easily be removed if I should need to replace a screen.

August  25 004 We have yet to put up a screen door. The man who built our porch swing is making us a cedar screen door. I’ll post a picture once we get it put up. We also plan to put indoor/outdoor carpeting on the floor since there are cracks between the boards and creepy crawly critters can come up from under the porch. We’ll keep you updated.


Anna August 25, 2009 at 7:57 PM  

That's so nice! I love the swing and the porch rockers, and the screen! That will make it so nice not to have to worry about those creepy crawly critters.

It's not screened in, but we have a deck we can enjoy now - except when the mosquitoes come out.

Sandy@American Way Farm August 26, 2009 at 8:53 AM  

Many important business decisions have been made while sitting in a swing on the porch. And screening is absolutely essential to its enjoyment in my opinion. Up here in the north country we decided to actually enclose our porch to make it available longer. Maybe someday we'll winterize it but for now we enjoy it 3 seasons.

Thanks for visiting my blog and glad you enjoyed the story about the pig mud. I still shudder when I think about how I smelled!

Chicken Boys August 27, 2009 at 1:55 PM  

Sounds like you have an ever growing honey do list!! LOL

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