|Project by Roz||posted 02-01-2009 09:04 AM||6539 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
In early October I decided it was time to replace the old rear stairs to the back porch on our circa 1860’s home/project.
The first blow of the sledge brought the old porch down and revealed rotten seals under the kitchen and porch.
Then it was emergency repair time!
Repaired it looked better.
Once done, I started on the porch with a hired helper. At the end of the first day, my wife came home, surveyed the work, and came unglued. It was not what she had in mind and it had to go.
The next day I added the deck. She again came home and decided, “This might be ok”.
A few more days passed and the stairs were on and she said, “I think I’ll like this”.
A week passed and I had the handrails made and up and she declared, “I love it”. The bench on the end sealed the deal. I added a roof over the door to shed water away. I will be adding a rain chain at the end of the gutter and I will make an oak screen door fashioned after the bench back. This summer we will (me) paint it all and it will be done. All the post are resting on concrete so no wood is in contact with soil.
I made the hand rails beveling the top of 2×4’s on the table saw and rounding over the bottom side to produce a traditional shape. The bottom rail got a bevel and a center channel to accept a 3×4 inch baluster. I borrowed the baluster design from the front porch columns and the traditional “gingerbread” work used in many old houses. The combination of ideas produced a railing that is open and suits the details of the house. The bench is in an Adirondack style with a back designed to echo the railing design. It is bolted to the end of the deck and serves as the railing.
-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."