Porch Remodel #1: Planning

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Blog entry by MyOldGarage posted 04-27-2009 03:47 PM 1171 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is the first piece that I would like to build for a complete remodel of our front porch. My wife suggested we add a ramp because our parents are getting older so it could be a nice addition for helping them get in/out of our home. We don’t have a lot of steps, but it can still be a pain, especially if using a wheelchair.

The current wood is in very bad shape. The way the posts made, they are very hard to get painted, any water that gets in can wick right up the center of the posts. (I don’t have pics yet . . . but the carnage is pretty bad.) Part of the destruction is just the lack of time I had in the past. I’d like to move to a more low maintenance type structure with treated wood versus painted surfaces.

My wife and I have decided we’ll start from the left side of the house and work our way across the front. I’ll have more pics and info soon. Does anyone have one of those fancy carver things to do a sign like above? Hmm.

-- Bradley Miller, Blue Springs, MO -

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#1 posted 04-27-2009 05:26 PM

i’ve got the “sign-craft” router template, but I haven’t used it yet. I’ve set it up for use, but the letters were too large for the box lid I wanted to route. Setup seemed easy enough, but I can’t comment on the results.

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#2 posted 04-27-2009 05:49 PM

Im glad to see, you have place the Lord as the cornerstone at your project…..
“Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain.” Psalm 127:1A

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#3 posted 04-27-2009 08:18 PM

Doing the repairs and additions on your own house can be very fullfiling or when it doesnt go right a big pain. I have been a contractor most of my working life and fixed a lot of homeownre mistakes best advice planing and work safe tear out can be the most dangerous have fun brian

-- gagewestern

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