When we purchased this home, what use to be a screened in porch was closed in with glass to create an extra room. We knew without a doubt that we wanted to open this space back up. We thought that a porch this large would not only improve the curb appeal, but provide us with a fun place to entertain!
Phillip has plenty of experience making trim to match existing (really old) trim at work. He said it would be no problem, so he purchased boards and a router blade that would cut a v the size we needed. We began making v-groove, and boy was that a job. We had to run each board through the router three times to give the boards the "v-grooves". Then we had to run each board through the table saw twice. We had to plane each board down to make it the correct thickness. By the time we finished making all of the v-groove, I wondered how he did this for a living! We spent hours recreating boards that would take us 30 minutes to nail into place. I now understood the time and craftsmanship that goes into historical restorations.
We now had enough brick, so we called a brick mason to come by and rebuild the bases to the columns so that we could keep moving on! Once the bases were in place, Phillip got to work on building the new columns. He set up shop right in our front yard! He has been a trooper throughout this whole process. I bet we have loaded/unloaded his tool trailer a million times in the past two years!
Remember when we turned an existing bathroom (that connected the front bedroom to the enclosed porch) into a closet for the front bedroom? Well once that wall was framed, Phillip made wood siding to patch this area.
(During this month, we ended up having to put a new roof on our house. We were not expecting this expense, but are very happy with the result!)
I knew I wanted a blue(ish) porch ceiling, so I was on the hunt for the perfect color! The one I ended up choosing had a grey tint to it, but still looked lovely with the house color. Here is a list of the colors we ended up choosing.
Sea Serpent by Sherwin Williams for the exterior.
Extra White by Sherwin Williams for the trim.
Reflection by Sherwin Williams for the porch ceiling.