This project was definitely an inspiration for me to start recording all of our home renovation projects. I’m a little late in posting this (been too busy with other projects – stay tuned), but I am really excited to share.
With our last few moves, there have been certain “must have” features that we have looked for in the home: Features like a wood burning fireplace, two car garage, and mature trees. With this last move, we added a screened in porch to our wish list (be on the look out for starving mosquitoes).
We were lucky enough to find a home with everything we were looking for, except the screened in porch – Nothing a little construction couldn’t fix. 99% of the time I am totally a “I can do that myself” kind of girl, but this required a bit more brawn. So, after the laborious process of obtaining five different estimates, we finally had a signed contract – Woo hoo! Not so fast…the start date got pushed back several times, and what I thought was going to be a Memorial Day unveiling didn’t happen.
This several week delay had me in a funk (not the smell…the state of mind). What I needed was some motivation to keep me excited. My first purchase – Pillows!
I found these at Homegoods. Fell in love with them as soon as I saw them…the perfect shade of yellow. They make me very happy.
But let’s see where we started. Can you say Ugggly!
Finally – groundbreaking day – very exciting. This is Lou and his concrete crew. He had the brawn and the equipment needed to get this project started. Hey Lou, strike a pose for the crowd. Then only you can find basic design principles.
Eeeek!…no turning back now.
The demolition process took a few days, and of course we had pouring rain immediately after the huge hole was dug. I know it doesn’t look like much, but it was very exciting to finally see a shape emerge.
We thought we were finally on a roll, but unfortunately we failed the first inspection – the footers needed to be adjusted – more digging. This again set us back several more days. In an effort to feel like we were making some progress, Shawn and I rented a uhaul and made rounds to pick up all the goodies that were going to go on the porch. At this point, I had the garage filled with furniture and other item.