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Remodeling at Home

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– July 26, 2004 –

Greta takes a moment to explore all the stuff in her backyard, since this work threw Greta's world a bit into disarray as well.  No more naps on the deck, that's for sure.

Greta takes a moment to explore all the stuff in her backyard, since this work threw Greta’s world a bit into disarray as well.  No more naps on the deck, that’s for sure.


The yard, meanwhile, looks like a work site, with all kinds of stuff set up all over the place to get stuff cut and ready to be swung into place.

The yard, meanwhile, looks like a work site, with all kinds of stuff set up all over the place to get stuff cut and ready to be swung into place.


On the house itself, a considerable amount of work had taken place since last I photographed.  All the large posts are into place, the decking is laid, and the porch is basically framed out.  We now know exactly how big this is going to be, where the new outdoor portion will be, and how tall things will be.

On the house itself, a considerable amount of work had taken place since last I photographed.  All the large posts are into place, the decking is laid, and the porch is basically framed out.  We now know exactly how big this is going to be, where the new outdoor portion will be, and how tall things will be.

On the house itself, a considerable amount of work had taken place since last I photographed.  All the large posts are into place, the decking is laid, and the porch is basically framed out.  We now know exactly how big this is going to be, where the new outdoor portion will be, and how tall things will be.


On the new deck, some of the sides are put together and put up, and other parts of the sides are waiting for installation.  The new sides were designed to resemble the old deck.

On the new deck, some of the sides are put together and put up, and other parts of the sides are waiting for installation.  The new sides were designed to resemble the old deck.


A portion of the deck will still be outdoors.  This is where the grill will go.  These beams mark where a railing and screens will go when this area is separated off from the rest of the porch.  A portion of the deck will still be outdoors.  This is where the grill will go.  These beams mark where a railing and screens will go when this area is separated off from the rest of the porch.

A portion of the deck will still be outdoors.  This is where the grill will go.  These beams mark where a railing and screens will go when this area is separated off from the rest of the porch.


As you can see, the large holes now have something in them, and something over them for the most part, making them far less treacherous.  But they were still a hazard, since they were not yet filled in.

As you can see, the large holes now have something in them, and something over them for the most part, making them far less treacherous.  But they were still a hazard, since they were not yet filled in.


This is the new decking!

This is the new decking!


The holes are indeed really big, but this afforded the workers space to sink the new posts into the ground in concrete.  Definitely an important thing.

The holes are indeed really big, but this afforded the workers space to sink the new posts into the ground in concrete.  Definitely an important thing.


The vertical parts of the deck sides sit in a pile, waiting to be put together.

The vertical parts of the deck sides sit in a pile, waiting to be put together.


Up high, the roof over the porch begins to take form, as a horizontal beam is attached to the wall.

Up high, the roof over the porch begins to take form, as a horizontal beam is attached to the wall.


The excavation of the holes produced a considerable amount of dirt in piles around the yard.  They also pulled out quite a bit of rocks!

The excavation of the holes produced a considerable amount of dirt in piles around the yard.  They also pulled out quite a bit of rocks!


I thought it was interesting to see the siding off of the house.  When we went house hunting in 1992, the siding was already completed.  The drywall was also completely up, with the exception of inside the garage.  I thought it was neat to see the logos on the stuff, and the warnings and directions on it, too, all of which had been hidden for twelve years.

I thought it was interesting to see the siding off of the house.  When we went house hunting in 1992, the siding was already completed.  The drywall was also completely up, with the exception of inside the garage.  I thought it was neat to see the logos on the stuff, and the warnings and directions on it, too, all of which had been hidden for twelve years.


– July 28, 2004 –

Roof's on!  Now the porch has a definite shape, as seen in these pictures taken all around the perimeter.  Roof's on!  Now the porch has a definite shape, as seen in these pictures taken all around the perimeter.

Roof’s on!  Now the porch has a definite shape, as seen in these pictures taken all around the perimeter.

Roof's on!  Now the porch has a definite shape, as seen in these pictures taken all around the perimeter.  Roof's on!  Now the porch has a definite shape, as seen in these pictures taken all around the perimeter.


Inside, it's now officially covered.  The roof sides on the inside are completed.  Nothing else was done to them.

Inside, it’s now officially covered.  The roof sides on the inside are completed.  Nothing else was done to them.


On the outside, though, there will be siding put on the roof sides.

On the outside, though, there will be siding put on the roof sides.


The sides are also now up on all but one section.  Now, with the roof up and the sides mostly up, the outdoor portion of the porch is now clearly defined.

The sides are also now up on all but one section.  Now, with the roof up and the sides mostly up, the outdoor portion of the porch is now clearly defined.


The missing section of railing is next to the intended door.  The actual railing is on its side, leaning against the rest of the porch.

The missing section of railing is next to the intended door.  The actual railing is on its side, leaning against the rest of the porch.


The outdoor portion is now clearly defined, and somewhat narrow.  Its purpose is primarily to hold the grill so we don't smoke up the rest of the porch.  The outdoor portion is now clearly defined, and somewhat narrow.  Its purpose is primarily to hold the grill so we don't smoke up the rest of the porch.

The outdoor portion is now clearly defined, and somewhat narrow.  Its purpose is primarily to hold the grill so we don’t smoke up the rest of the porch.


These are the nearly-complete first steps for the new porch.  These steps were removed not too long after they were put in, since Mom determined that they weren't sufficiently dachshund-accessible.  Mom is Greta's biggest advocate, and made sure that everything was accessible for her.

These are the nearly-complete first steps for the new porch.  These steps were removed not too long after they were put in, since Mom determined that they weren’t sufficiently dachshund-accessible.  Mom is Greta’s biggest advocate, and made sure that everything was accessible for her.


This is what I consider to be the one design shortcoming.  I don't know whether it was deliberate or accidental, but the vent for the downstairs bathroom's exhaust fan comes out right into the enclosed porch.  I was surprised that some sort of pipe was not placed on the end of that to direct those fumes up and out of the enclosed area.

This is what I consider to be the one design shortcoming.  I don’t know whether it was deliberate or accidental, but the vent for the downstairs bathroom’s exhaust fan comes out right into the enclosed porch.  I was surprised that some sort of pipe was not placed on the end of that to direct those fumes up and out of the enclosed area.


Additionally, the porch light from the old deck has finally been removed, leaving the wires exposed for now.  This light would not reappear after work was done.

Additionally, the porch light from the old deck has finally been removed, leaving the wires exposed for now.  This light would not reappear after work was done.

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