I am planning projects for our acreage this spring. 2012 was the Year of the Front Porch. After 100 years, the brick was cracked, the floor rotted, and the concrete steps crumbling. We found several local craftsmen to do the work, selected brick (I had no idea there were so many color and texture options) and flooring (again, many options), and wrote checks. Here are photos that show the porch before, during and after. There is still much landscaping work to do this spring. I can't wait to sit on my new front porch!
Our old cat, Marvin, loved the old porch even if it was cracked and peeling.
After we removed the old porch, people commented, "Your house sure looks different without the porch." Different = Ugly.
The ugly gets worse.
Marvin inspects the brick for his new porch.
New porch and new sidewalk, still wet.
Dirt work before winter sets in. This spring we will seed grass and add a few shrubs.