this is a quick "what i am doing" kinda post...
here is a pic of our front porch for a couple of years ago - we sit on in and suntan on it but underneath there are gaps that let the cold west wind right into the basement...it had to go and i wanted to get some windbreak/insulating done on the outside... on a cold winter day, the kitchen floor is freezing!!!
so off it came!! i had our friend e's boys h and n over to help and we did the job in great time!!!!
here is the higher half...
and here is the lower half - you can see the exposed concrete that was poured poorly and sports MANY holes and gaps - right into the basement and under the kitchen floor - yes i have insulated the inside, but preventing drafts from the outside is just as important!!! it was worse than i thought!!!
we moved the old porch to the side of the house - that will be a great ATV shed floor!!!
i dunno about these old steps !!! the boards will be useful for something, well at least the 4x4s!
next thing we did was fill it all in with dirt - right up to just below the concrete foundation sloping out in all directions as a lot of the water falling from the roof and wall has been seeping into the basement here.. much better already!
and the final part was to slope some old windows out just where the floor starts in the kitchen - this is a great start - i will seal off the sides and any gaps after i place cloches of water in black plastic garbage bags behind the windows to capture extra heat - for now - an excellent windbreak!
they also helped me clean the rest of the reclaimed lumber i have - pulling nails and whatnot - i have a LOT ready to be used for shed purposes..... i pulled the tarps off today to let the wood dry out..
lots of good stuff!
and more here - a great bunch of wood to have