Front of House Remolded Craftsman Style

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Project by Ken90712 posted 07-18-2013 10:57 PM 3354 views 5 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Blondie and I have been doing construction on the front of the house for a cpl months now. We ripped out the driveway, front porch, old gate and part of the roof line. The last seven windows have been replaced. We all know once you start a project there are other things you must do at that time so you don’t have to come back later and risk messing up something just done. We actually paid someone to do some of the work, mostly the stamped concrete and roof extension.

We widened the driveway and porch added a walkway to the sidewalk and replaced the water main. The twelve foot gate is almost ready to head to powder coating. The concrete was stamped and stained mahogany and applied semi-gloss wet look sealer.

One of the pics is of the gate I’m making from scratch out of 2×3 .120 steel. The poles are 4×4 1/4 thick 3 feet down in the cement with 1200 pound hinges. It will have Ipe panels once back from powder coat. We were dry fitiing it to ck the build thus far, along with a cpl more things to do for the door handles.

I made poles from scratch, started with 4×4 pressure treated and then boxed them in with cement board, I wanted double poles on each pillar. I then made the craftsman style out of a product called Winsor one from Ganahl Lumber. The eight poles took over 270 pieces. Blondie thought I was nuts. Caulking and filling the nail holes before painting them took forever. We went through over 700 Sq feet of stone.

The best thing of all is a lot of our neighbors stop by and have very kind comments.
Next is the sprinkler system and new grass…. We’re almost there.

Thx for looking and as always all comments welcome.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#1 posted 07-18-2013 11:07 PM

Love those pillars!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 07-18-2013 11:32 PM

Wow what an amazing difference the pillars drive way and stone work make!

Give yourselves a group hug !!

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 07-18-2013 11:38 PM

Them thar pillars is mighty fine…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 07-18-2013 11:51 PM


You have been BUSY BUSY BUSY!!

That is a lot of real Hard Work!

You have done a great job!

If we had a “Before” set of pictures, I’m sure we would appreciate it more… :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#5 posted 07-18-2013 11:54 PM

Ken, that looks FABULOUS. I’m sure your wife is very happy with the results!!!

Nice work!!

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#6 posted 07-19-2013 12:29 AM

Fantastic and so much beautiful

-- Waleed Waheed

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#7 posted 07-19-2013 12:42 AM

It all looks great. The driveway and the pillars came out nice.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#8 posted 07-19-2013 02:12 AM

Looking great Ken, it’s always worth the extra effort.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#9 posted 07-19-2013 02:13 AM

Now that is a big woodworking job. It sure does look nice

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#10 posted 07-19-2013 07:49 AM

Wow Ken, you have been busy
Looking realy good.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#11 posted 07-19-2013 08:34 AM

Thx so much for all the kind comments. Its always an honor to share things with the people I care and respect here on Lumberjocks. I will post a before pic when i get home from work i the morning. Thats a good idea.. It was ugly LOL

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 07-19-2013 01:15 PM

Wow Ken, quite a transformation. I really like the Craftsman style/detail. I’ve never seen that color stack stone. Super work on a project you’ll be enjoying for many years. Congratulations.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#13 posted 07-19-2013 01:17 PM

Very nice Ken…

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#14 posted 07-19-2013 02:02 PM

Looks great Ken.
It all goes together very nicely !

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#15 posted 07-19-2013 02:33 PM

Super work, Ken and Blondie!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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