(She belongs to some of the friends who helped with the roof project. Cutest little thing!)
After. The siding was still wet from pressure washing when I took this photo.
Jonny milled the new cedar columns himself, and they smell so good!
In August of 2012 Jonny finished what proved to be a three year flagstone porch project. Five years later, nearly to the day, a huge roofing overhaul was completed. The roofing project happened in a matter of days (rather than years) thanks to the help of some wonderfully talented and generous friends. This couldn’t have happened without them.
The funny (or sad) thing about that front porch is that while it is one of our house’s best features, and one Jonny sank countless hours of labor into, while we lived there it was usually covered in sports equipment, shoes, toys, and other miscellaneous things. As our family grew and grew, eventually our little 1500 square foot house couldn’t contain us and the porch caught much of the overflow.
In addition to completely replacing the roof of the front porch, the main portion of the house got a new metal roof just as we always wanted. That part of the project happened first and I was in tears seeing all my dreams for our little house coming true, and knowing that we wouldn’t be there to enjoy it. However, my excitement over seeing the entire project take shape just as we had hoped, quickly overwhelmed my feelings of sadness. I was pleased just for the sake of beauty itself, for a job well done by Jonny and our friends.
I hope that the family moving in soon will make many happy memories there just as we did. (Sob.)
My friend Lori came over Sunday afternoon to say goodbye to the house with us. Being one of my closest longtime friends (we met when I was pregnant with Keats, so more than fourteen years ago), she’s known well the saga of our front porch. She and I were pushing our babies in swings on this porch more than a dozen years ago and she’s watched it in every stage over the years. I was so pleased to show her how we are leaving it, and she was kind enough to take one last photo of all of us in front of our first home, the one we grew this big family in. (Actually, she took hundreds trying to get a decent one. Our kids both big and small were all being so naughty.)
p.s. I hate to throw this in here, but I’m updating my shop on Thursday, August 31st at 8 p.m. EST. I’m not sure I’ll have a chance to mention it again beforehand. If all goes as planned I’ll have a preview post up by Thursday morning at the latest. I’ve got some super pretty seasonal yarns ready!