I was working on the porch all october - it came out well - here is the second part - the front entrance
but first - more surf!!
okay here is the rag-tag front - with crappy step and all kinds of ugly drafty plastic.....
i had blocked the under part with plastic and junk - i had to take off the stairs anyway as moving the dishwasher required me to get under those step which i can barely do - so i planned make the steps removable..
this is the crawl space... at least no spiders!!!
here is porch - sans steps... what a mess!!!!
so i cleaned that mess up and you can see there is some rot - no matter - it is only the front joist - the rest are good..
i planned on extending the step a bit with a 2x6, but found and old 2x8 that fit perfectly!!!
here is the new "step" in place - it gives us a larger area to walk out the door.
to the right is the dishwasher hose... which drains into a bunch of gravel..
speaking of gravel - back from the beach.....
and onto a layer of plastic .....
before i framed out the new front area with pt lumber - the big center gap is where i will crawl in now - MUCH better!!!
some lumber on the front and sides,,,
and the front which is removable with 6 screws..
here it is - ALL done with windows replacing the crappy plastic like the back - the step has extra legs and sets on a ridge so it is easily removed as well
the only thing left at this point are the triangles above the windows and door...
i put a board in the small opening, but the other two got treated with a new discovery of mine made in canada - a poly channel solution called Poly Fastener- read all about it here
i wanted to get wiggle wire but couldn't find any close so i ordered a 300 ft roll - it was pricy, but worth it. basically you install the channel first, insert the poly then press in the lock - great for uneven applications and when the plastic is done, you simply remove and re-install - here is a good look ...
and the whole deal - so far it works great the poly gets pulled really tight!! - i will be using it quite a bit so you will get a better idea of why i bought so much soon ;-)
voila - front totally complete with new cat-door platform!!!
fall means really rich sunsets...
here is another!