Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Shingle Bells, Shingle Bells

Shingle bells, shingle bells, shingle all the way...

Wait a minute! It's not Christmas, it's Halloween!!


Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Great Debate

No decision has been debated more than how to finish our ceiling. We've gone back and forth and back again. We've polled our neighbors and invited in friends for opinions. We've scoured every image on the internet matching the search criteria "exposed ceiling porch" and still... we remain undecided.

We have several options to consider.

1. Clear coat the entire thing leaving the wood pretty much, as-is

2. Stain the entire ceiling a color that would match our interior hard woods

3. Paint the entire ceiling white to match the walls and windows

4. Do a mix of stain and paint - paint the ceiling white and stain the trusses

Our contractor prefers option 1. I think Jake and I are mostly agreed on option 4 now but option 3 is probably my favorite. The other votes we've solicited are definitely mixed!! We only have another week before the painting will start so we're going to need to make a final call soon. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Coming Together

All kinds of exciting things are happening in the back yard!

The roof is now completely done. It ties into our existing roof perfectly. I don't have a great picture of that to share - it looks like a roof, trust me :).

Wiring for the ceiling fan and sconces has gone in and so has the insulation. You can also see where the fireplace will go in against the far wall.

The garbage shed structure is in place now too! The top of this structure will be covered in a patinaed metal and we'll be able to use it as counter for the bbq.

It will eventually have doors on it.

As you can see, things are really coming together over here!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Dry Heads

We can now happily enjoy the porch in the rain without getting wet heads! The roof is nearly complete. It just needs to have the insulation put in and then the asphalt shingles installed.

Today, the first pieces of the outside deck went in too! It's so fun seeing everything come off the blue prints and into reality!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Raise the Roof

The roof-holder-upper-beam-thingys [technical term] are in place!

The roof should be on before the end of the week! 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Cocktail Time!

We have a floor, we have walls, we sorta have a roof if you count the tent! I think it's time to enjoy the first cocktail on the new porch!


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tap Dancing

We're all tap dancing on the new floor tonight! It's really fun to come home from work each night to see all of the progress that has been made.