The Front Porch
I walked the dog over to see the new house. The trim was delivered and the contractor said to expect the installers. As I came around the corner, look! The guys are putting up the porch railing.
The columns were already put up. The railings are already up on one side and he is putting in the balusters.
The guy in the yellow shirt is supervising.
He uses a piece of wood as a guide to be sure the balusters are right.
I was there to see the other side go in.
They measured, cut and secured the top and bottom rails.
Then they started the first baluster in the center.
He made sure everything is level.
So, this is what the front of the house will look like. Sort of. This is level. Ours will have steps up to it. Which means it have to have a railing so nobody falls off the porch.
They can’t put in the steps to the porch until after the final grade.
They have finished and left. This is what the porch looks like from on the porch.
The materials for the porch were delivered a while ago.
The back porch was treated wood. The front porch will be painted. It uses a different grade of wood.
These are the columns.
Kiln Dried After Treatment
Beautiful high-grade KDAT lumber the Environmental Column of Choice
- Yellow color identifies it as a quality product from Great Southern Wood
- Hollow core makes column lighter weight
- Factory-applied end sealer minimizes checking
- Ready to paint or stain immediately
- 4 x 4 column is sold glulam column
- High grade lumber with small knots
- Treated for ground contact
Must be primed, painted or stained immediately after installation!
These are 8×8 width and 10ft length.
So, this is everything that happened with the porch before this.
First step was digging the footers. This is the first time the footers were dug. This was quite an undertaking. But, the footers for the piers for the front porch never gave us trouble. The springs were in the back.
Here are the concrete foundation piers for the porch.
The block foundation is up. After the grading, the piers were buried a long way down.
When they set the roof trusses.
As they were building the roof.
Putting the flashing on for the front porch. “Flashing creates a barrier to prevent moisture from entering the house in the openings you create when attaching your ledger board connection.”
When they first built the porch, they used temporary supports. You can see they have put in the front door and the windows.
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Later, they came back, dug up the piers and put up the porch supports.
They leveled the porch supports and bolted them in.
Supporting the front porch.
So, this is the porch with the supports.
Then they put up the siding.
They put white vinyl on the ceiling.
They are adjusting the front grill. It was off by an inch.
The cabinets, interior doors and trim were delivered.