|Project by jcees||posted 02-06-2008 03:45 AM||2295 views||1 time favorited||16 comments|
I completed this just over a year ago. It’s weathering in fine. The deck/floor is made of ipe decking and was put down five (5) years prior and shows no signs of wear other than a slight graying which I’m kinda partial to. The missus power washes it and makes me teak oil it once a year to, “make it pretty”. It’s a small price for peace.
The structural parts are SYP (southern yellow pine), some PT (pressure treated). The door was a steal from a closeout sale along with the turned spindles. I paid a buck a piece for them. The door is solid 1-1/2” oak with leaded glass behind shatterproof glass, Baldwin solid brass lockset and four forged brass hinges with decorative finials from Renovator’s Supply. The pediment is Douglas fir atop more SYP and stock reed/flute moldings trimmed to fit. The ceiling is SYP T&G mitered for the diamond effect. The moldings for the light fixture I had to make as I couldn’t find roman ogee in the right size. So yeah, I can make moldings when I have to… nya!
The cedar shakes have also held up well as they are as old as the decking. The railings, posts, arches, window treatments, plant boxes, front door architrave, ceiling and even the light fixture were designed, fabricated and installed by moi. I also designed a post mailbox to match the details of the porch using the same materials, proportions, blah, blah, blah… you get the picture.
The part I’m most fond of in this project are the pyramidal post caps. They’re made up of four pieces so as not to expose any end grain to the elements. I’m also a bit partial to the pierced panels flanking the step. I didn’t have enough spindles so I came up with a pattern that mirrored the shape of the turned spindles in the negative. Voila.
Also, as a green bonus, the column capitals have become daytime hideaways for tree frogs. The posts are clad so there is a little airspace, just enough for the frogs to retreat into. They’re welcome friends as they will just about eat their weight in bugs every night. I know this because you should see the size of their middens.
The door, architrave and window treatments are finished with tinted glossy spar varnish. The shakes, columns, arches, window boxes and handrails are coated with outdoor oil based semi-transparent stain.
Getting this one done and off the list was a proud day but a short one as the missus now thinks I can do anything. Oh well, it’s a small price for peace.
-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir