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Remodeling at Home

Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4

Part 3

– July 31, 2004 –

By July 31, Mom was already taking Greta out on the new structure, and thus she put the not-yet-attached side in place enough to keep Greta in, and got out one of the gates we have to keep Greta from going off the porch.

By July 31, Mom was already taking Greta out on the new structure, and thus she put the not-yet-attached side in place enough to keep Greta in, and got out one of the gates we have to keep Greta from going off the porch.


The porch didn't change much in appearance, but the work on the wiring is coming along quite well.

The porch didn’t change much in appearance, but the work on the wiring is coming along quite well.


This wiring was added to go out to the new fans, not yet installed.

This wiring was added to go out to the new fans, not yet installed.


This is one of a few electrical outlets added to the porch to provide power for whatever we want to use.

This is one of a few electrical outlets added to the porch to provide power for whatever we want to use.


This is the base of one of the two fans that would go up before too long.

This is the base of one of the two fans that would go up before too long.


On one side, the siding is in the process of going up on the sides of the roof.

On one side, the siding is in the process of going up on the sides of the roof.


On the other side, the siding is up!

On the other side, the siding is up!


This random board on the side of the house, outlined by the siding, is an anchor for a pergola which will go across this open area.

This random board on the side of the house, outlined by the siding, is an anchor for a pergola which will go across this open area.


The backyard, meanwhile, is still very much a work area.  Note, however, that the house looks less like one now, as the siding has been put back on the house.  The siding has not yet, however, been reinstalled inside the enclosed porch.

The backyard, meanwhile, is still very much a work area.  Note, however, that the house looks less like one now, as the siding has been put back on the house.  The siding has not yet, however, been reinstalled inside the enclosed porch.


A look down below the porch is the only way to find evidence that an older deck once existed.  Note the post for the original deck in the ground next to the larger post for the screened-in porch.

A look down below the porch is the only way to find evidence that an older deck once existed.  Note the post for the original deck in the ground next to the larger post for the screened-in porch.


The roof is finished, but does cut off much of the view of the backyard, as seen from an upstairs window.

The roof is finished, but does cut off much of the view of the backyard, as seen from an upstairs window.


– August 10, 2004 –

Construction of the new porch is finished!  The fans are up, the screens are up, the lights are on, and it is officially done.  However, it does look a bit bare inside, as we have yet to put permanent furnishings in.  What you see is some of the stuff that was originally on the old deck.

Construction of the new porch is finished!  The fans are up, the screens are up, the lights are on, and it is officially done.  However, it does look a bit bare inside, as we have yet to put permanent furnishings in.  What you see is some of the stuff that was originally on the old deck.


The door is finally in place, fully enclosing the space.  The interesting thing about that is how the choice of closing mechanism was made.  Originally, the doors were to be held shut by a spring.  This made for some hard closings, and it was realized that this wouldn't work in the long term.  So now we have a pneumatic closer on there, which works like a charm.

The door is finally in place, fully enclosing the space.  The interesting thing about that is how the choice of closing mechanism was made.  Originally, the doors were to be held shut by a spring.  This made for some hard closings, and it was realized that this wouldn’t work in the long term.  So now we have a pneumatic closer on there, which works like a charm.


As you can see, the new porch is gorgeous, even if it's still a little bare looking inside.

As you can see, the new porch is gorgeous, even if it’s still a little bare looking inside.

As you can see, the new porch is gorgeous, even if it's still a little bare looking inside.


I absolutely love these fans.  The thing I like about them is how the blades kind of look like huge leaves.

I absolutely love these fans.  The thing I like about them is how the blades kind of look like huge leaves.


This is a special grilling light, intended for night cooking, which Dad occasionally does.  That will come in handy as the days get shorter...

This is a special grilling light, intended for night cooking, which Dad occasionally does.  That will come in handy as the days get shorter…


And this is the open area!  The pergola is visible at the very top of the photo.

And this is the open area!  The pergola is visible at the very top of the photo.


The porch is really nice looking now that it's all finished.  Now all that's left to complete is the landscaping.  The porch is really nice looking now that it's all finished.  Now all that's left to complete is the landscaping.

The porch is really nice looking now that it’s all finished.  Now all that’s left to complete is the landscaping.


This is the pergola, as viewed from below.  Note how it is uneven at the ends, by design.

This is the pergola, as viewed from below.  Note how it is uneven at the ends, by design.


These are the new doggy-friendly steps, though the bottom step was still a bit of a jump for Greta.  One more step was added below the lowest step, where the loose wood is here.  This way, Greta can use the stairs herself.  If nothing else, our house is 100% dachshund-accessible.

These are the new doggy-friendly steps, though the bottom step was still a bit of a jump for Greta.  One more step was added below the lowest step, where the loose wood is here.  This way, Greta can use the stairs herself.  If nothing else, our house is 100% dachshund-accessible.


Latticework was added once again around the bottom to complete the look, plus keep Greta out of somewhere that she could get herself stuck.

Latticework was added once again around the bottom to complete the look, plus keep Greta out of somewhere that she could get herself stuck.


Mom used these plants to provide some stopgap landscaping until the landscape guy came to design some real landscaping.

Mom used these plants to provide some stopgap landscaping until the landscape guy came to design some real landscaping.


Lighting!  These lights, unlike the old ones, have a motion sensor, meaning that one does not have to feel around in the dark to turn the lights on.  Just step into frame, and there is light.

Lighting!  These lights, unlike the old ones, have a motion sensor, meaning that one does not have to feel around in the dark to turn the lights on.  Just step into frame, and there is light.


Inside, the flooring replacement job was about halfway complete.  On this particular day, the hardwood downstairs was complete, and the stairs and upstairs hallway, previously carpeted, had their carpeting removed.

In the living room, before work began in there, the workers used the space to keep their unused tools.

In the living room, before work began in there, the workers used the space to keep their unused tools.


Before the work began, though, the living room had the original beige carpeting.  Very light and prone to stains.

Before the work began, though, the living room had the original beige carpeting.  Very light and prone to stains.


Upstairs, it was weird to see the sub-flooring exposed, with the carpeting off.  All the other rooms upstairs retained their original flooring.

Upstairs, it was weird to see the sub-flooring exposed, with the carpeting off.  All the other rooms upstairs retained their original flooring.


This is the entrance to my room.  While there was no flooring in the hallway, it made my door a little difficult to close.

This is the entrance to my room.  While there was no flooring in the hallway, it made my door a little difficult to close.


The stairs, meanwhile, were obviously not intended for hardwood.  The number of knots in the wood says it all.  The wood on the stairs was completely replaced with smoother wood with no knots.

The stairs, meanwhile, were obviously not intended for hardwood.  The number of knots in the wood says it all.  The wood on the stairs was completely replaced with smoother wood with no knots.

The stairs, meanwhile, were obviously not intended for hardwood.  The number of knots in the wood says it all.  The wood on the stairs was completely replaced with smoother wood with no knots.


Meanwhile, the family room is finished, as is the dining room, though we've not entirely moved back into the rooms.  Meanwhile, the family room is finished, as is the dining room, though we've not entirely moved back into the rooms.

Meanwhile, the family room is finished, as is the dining room, though we’ve not entirely moved back into the rooms.


In the hallway, a peek in a box reveals the hardwood flooring, waiting to be installed.

In the hallway, a peek in a box reveals the hardwood flooring, waiting to be installed.

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