The view from the back doorThe view from the back door
And great destruction lay in his wakeAnd great destruction lay in his wake
Next up: back porchNext up: back porch
Structure rebuild complete, with a few rickety planks for front door accessStructure rebuild complete, with a few rickety planks for front door access
View from the front doorView from the front door
Demo finished and on to rebuildingDemo finished and on to rebuilding
Watch your stepWatch your step
After the front porch flooring demolitionAfter the front porch flooring demolition
Walk the plankWalk the plank
  • The view from the back door
  • And great destruction lay in his wake
  • Next up: back porch
  • Structure rebuild complete, with a few rickety planks for front door access
  • View from the front door
  • Demo finished and on to rebuilding
  • Watch your step
  • After the front porch flooring demolition
  • Walk the plank

While I was doing a lot of travelling, Charlie decided to tackle some big house projects. And by big house projects I mean that all entrances and exits to our house were removed.

It started with the front porch. When we bought the house the front porch was (poorly) enclosed, although that was not how the house was built originally. After the enclosure was built, the former owners then had the brilliant idea of painting the red brick front of the house (now inside), green. GREEN!

We tore the enclosure off a year or two ago, exposing the unfortunately nice hardwood floor that had been installed on the former front porch. We knew we’d have to replace it eventually, but also knew we needed to get the green paint off (with horrible chemicals and a power washer) before we replaced the flooring.

So Charlie had a dumpster delivered to our driveway and got to work. Once we had the dumpster, though, we discovered all the other junk we had lying around from various demolition projects that we could get rid of. Then the priority became to get it all in this dumpster at one time so we’d never have to get another dumpster again. Maybe.

One of the biggest things we wanted to make sure we got in the dumpster was the back porch. Yes, the whole back porch. It was precariously perched and barely holding together and desperately needed to be replaced.

As we loaded other miscellaneous items into the dumpster we started running out of space for the back porch, to the point that when it was time to throw the back porch in, Charlie had to cut it into little pieces to make sure the whole thing would fit. How exciting.

Charlie rebuilt the sub-structure of the front porch and installed the decking planks that are directly in front of the door so we can get in and out. If you want to visit us, you have to walk the plank. (We found this discourages solicitors, especially if the planks aren’t screwed down. Some poor door mail delivery person didn’t like the look of the planks and left our doorknob bundle of coupons on the stairs.)

For now, we at least have a way in and out of our house. The back porch rebuild will have to wait a while.

Watch that first step. It’s a doozy.

5 Responses to “Please locate your nearest exit”

  1. Scott
    30 September 2011 at 7:37 am #

    Wow, that back pork looks terrifying. Kudos to Charlie for braving the projects!

  2. CoMo Homestead
    30 September 2011 at 9:58 am #

    Hahaha – we agree!

  3. Sarah @ fancyco.blogspot.com
    24 July 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    Wow! This looks like a big job! There’s always a project going on at our house :)

  4. Sophie
    19 July 2015 at 5:51 am #

    Hi Bruce,Thank you for your great site and for sharing all your kwgelndoe with us newbies! I recieved a copy of the worm harvester plans and would like to ask a carpentar friend to build the tumbler. Might you have an estimate for construction time for this design for someone with construction skills?Thanks much!Amy

  5. Amalu
    1 March 2016 at 11:33 am #

    I am still an amateur at all this, but I did some recaresh online and learned to use a tripod, have a low ISO setting and kept the aperture between f/5.6 and f/8. I hope that helps.