Summer Shape Up

Once again (there seems to be a pattern here), my renstoration plans were derailed somewhat by a combination of life events and the necessities an old house presents.

On a personal note, my dad was diagnosed with brain cancer in May so we were sent scrambling trying to absorb that news and establish a plan for treatment and surviving. I’m happy to report that dad finished his radiation and initial chemo protocol on September 2nd and he’s doing well. That scenario is going to continue to be a day-by-day situation and the family appreciates any and all prayers and good thoughts.

On the house front, the old deck boards started collapsing right in front of the patio door. So, my attention had to be redirected to repairing that. The deck is not part of the permanent master plan but need trumps want sometimes. Since, I was making the repairs on the deck, I decided that I would update the front porch and add in some of the permanent accessories.

The first step was to take up the old boards to figure out why they were collapsing.

What we discovered was that the joist hangers for the first four joists were completely corroded/rotted away. The good news was that the joists were still in good shape so we could reuse them. The boards were too far gone though so they needed to be replaced along with 8 new joist hangers. Then I gave the whole thing a good cleaning and power wash.

While the deck cleaner and power wash made a huge improvement by itself, I decided to paint the deck with Olympic restore because the remaining boards were not in the best condition. I also decided to paint the railing. Here’s the finished product after the paint was completed.

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The other changes made as part of the deck project was changing the lights, updating the door trim, replacing the PVC pipe railing with a wood railing, and painting the skirting. I also decided that the adjacent stone patio needed an infusion of love. So I added some of the permanent accessories like a hammock, the new outdoor dining chairs, and the string lights, all of which will remain beyond the temporary fixes.

As far as the front porch, the update was fairly basic. I removed the lattice as railing and installed new spindles and then painted the railing and skirting and stained the floor and stair treads. I also added beadboard to the ceiling and changed the lights.

Here’s how the costs broke down:

Railing Paint…………………………………..$110.94

Skirting Paint………………………………….$54.50

Front Porch – $186.68

New Spindles…………………………………..$44.22

New Post Caps where missing………………$8.52

Ceiling Beadboard……………………………..$59.91

New Lights………………………………………$37.05

Stain………………………………………………$36.98

Deck and Patio – $1,828.52

New Floor Boards……………………………….$69.65

New Railing………………………………………$36.74

Deck Cleaner…………………………………… $16.98

Floor Paint………………………………………$134.96

New Door Trim…………………………………..$53.91

Base Molding Paint………………………………$15.48

New Lights & Mounting Blocks………………$43.46

Solar Railing Lights……………………………..$23.98

Electrical Outlets………………………………..$104.59

Cable for String Lights…………………………..$59.13

String Lights………………………………………$71.95

New Patio Dining Chairs……………………….$706.14

New Outdoor Fireplace & Mat………………….$185.03

All in, that totals $2,180.64 but if I take the permanent items out of the total, I spent $723.30 to update the porch and deck, both of which will be removed during the master renovations. I did most of the labor myself with the help of my boyfriend for the heavy lifting and my brother for the electrical items. I’m still focused on not spending money on items that won’t be part of the final renovations so that’s not too bad considering the deck work was more a necessity than something I wanted to do this year.

Without further ado, the finished product…..

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