Our house was built on a slight slope, so that the front porch is only one stairstep up, while the back porch is six steps. Obviously the crawl space at the front is impossible to maneuver around in! He's been waiting for this project to accomplish some much needed work. He started by taking out just enough of the porch floor to get to the foundation.
|This is the left side of the porch, where the front bedroom is. Part of the|
project will be replacing the drafty old windows and installing new siding.
The problem here is that part of the brick foundation had been knocked out to install ductwork when the heater and air conditioner were installed. Dan started with two short 4x4 posts, because nothing had been done to compensate for the removed bricks. The next step will be to seal off the crawlspace. There are gaps under the porch so that there is nothing to prevent all matter of critters from entering and taking up residence under the house, and they have.
|The center of the porch, with that front door that started it all.|
Do you see where the floor is separated and sagging in front of the front door?
This is not something that happened when Dan took out the floor boards there. This is something that we've been living with for years. When we first saw the house the porch floor was flat across. It happened after we moved in and began using the porch. What was happening?
Well, when the porch was built, the builder ran the floor joists parallel to the house, i.e lengthwise, instead of widthwise. Apparently, some of them weren't quite long enough to meet the beam.
The builder, in all his wisdom, decided to simply spike them. All that's been holding those joists to the beam has been a very long nail.
We use the porch to store winter firewood so that the floor takes a lot of traffic and weight. The nails responded by bending, resulting in that sag. The beam is in good shape so it doesn't have to be replaced. Dan hopes he can reuse the joists too. The first step here was to add floor support with a cement block and house jack.
On the other side of the porch -
|The right side with a teeny glimpse of the living room windows, also to be |
replaced. Dan loves bay windows and would love to put one here. We priced
them but they are way out of budget! He's considering building one himself.
The crawl space is completely open here. You can see a brick support column behind the shovel, and the duct work going to
my studio our storage room. Probably cement board will be used to seal off the crawl space. Dan talks about doing something with the ductwork, but I'm not sure what. We actually don't use our heat and A/C often.
So that's the beginning. Going will probably be slow because of Dan's job. He has less time off than he has in the past. That's nicer on the pocket book but really puts a crimp on the project accomplishment list.
Next front porch post here.