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The Front Porch - New Windows and Door

Before we bought 173, the front porch looked like this:


I loved the grill work in the door and the windows.  By-the-way, the lady in the picture is (along with her husband) the only owner of this house before us!  They owned the house since it was built in 1928!  The guy in the picture is the father of one of my best friends!  

A couple years after buying 173, we put a lot of work into the front porch.  At the time, we did the best we could with what we had, and it turned out pretty good.  The picture below shows the front porch after stripping the clapboard down to the bare wood, putting in a new ceiling, installing a ceiling fan, and a lot of painting.  



Notice how the windows opened into the porch?  Looks nice doesn't it?  Well, it wasn't.  They were constantly in the way, and they weren't the least bit weatherproof...


The other thing about our original remodel was that there are 13 windows in the front porch!  That's a lot of money, and back in the day, we just couldn't afford to replace them.    Well, a couple months ago I told you about hiring a contractor to work on the porch roofs.  Well, the guy did such a great job, I hired him to replace all the windows and doors!  So, last week (or maybe the week before) we moved all the porch furniture into the dining room, and I hinted at the project here:


Oh...and for years now I have lost sleep over the wisteria that we planted on the side of the porch.  That stuff may be beautiful in the summer, but it's insanely invasive, and beginning in the fall, all the way through 'til spring, it looked like this:


So, I was oh-so-sad to learn that in order for the windows to be properly replaced, the wisteria would have to come down!  (Can you read the false sorrow?  LOL) Anyway, the outside of the porch was really looking rough too.  The wood was so old and weathered it wouldn't hold paint anymore.  


Now, 173 is by no means a fancy house, but we do take pride in it and want the ol' house to look nice.  THIS does not look nice:


So, five days after the contractor started...we have new windows, and a new door with side lights.  I haven't taken the "after" pictures yet.  The inside of the porch won't get the spruce up from a painting perspective 'til spring, so I'll save that for another post in a few months.  In the meantime, here's a sneak peak...







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  1. That was such a great post, GB! I felt a sense of nostalgia when I looked at those pictures, especially the scratches on the window and door frames. I can feel the great attachment of the previous owners to the house. The paints were torn and faded, but the structure of the house stood despite the age. Just like those couple!

    Sharron Folkes

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  2. This house is really worthy of preserving. To maintain its overall structure, it’s important that you ensure every part of the house is still in good condition. The door and the windows really need to be replaced. So, it was nice that you put your concern on that. How was the rest of the house? I hope that after the reconstruction, the house regained its original beauty.
    Rodney Orton @ McKinnis Roofing

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