July 15, 2014

Front Porch Recap

Since we never recapped all the work that was completed on the front porch, here is a short post that sums it all up.  Age, water damage and dry rot had caught up with the porch and it was in dire need of attention.  Pat Drury and his team did a spectacular job of restoring back to its grandeur.

The restored porch after all of last year's projects.
The leaning porch columns were taken down, new footings were poured, and the block was restacked as they were originally.  Weak areas of the porch were reinforced from underneath and rotted wood along the top and bottom edges was replaced as needed.  The metal roof was removed and replaced with a dimensional shingle that more closely resembles the slate on the turret.  Lastly the broken steps were removed and new concrete steps were poured.  This was quite a summer project -- now on to the next one!

June 19, 2014

Stepping Up our Porch Repair

We were in our house less than three days when a gentleman from the City of Green Bay stopped by. He knew that we had just purchased the home, but he still wanted to make sure we were "aware of" the numerous code and/or safety violations that we had inherited. (While we were having this conversation outside, we already had plumbers and electricians working inside to fix various issues, including several code violations.)

One of the things he mentioned were the broken, crumbling front steps. No kidding! They looked like this!

The steps were in bad shape.

We knew that the steps would be replaced during our porch repair project.

Part of the bottom step has already been cut away and removed.

Eric Roffers from Roffers Concrete Construction did a fantastic job in knowing what to do to make our steps look original. He ordered some forms so that when the concrete was poured, it would be rounded on the front edge of each of the steps.

The forms are in! Now we're just waiting for the concrete.

June 12, 2014

Laundry Room Cabinets

Our laundry room is almost complete! Now that the wall had been repaired to hide the plumbing and electrical work, we were able to choose a paint color. We went with a very light blue.

The finished wall before painting.
Now that our custom cabinets have been installed in our laundry room, we knew we wanted to get some old-fashioned glass knobs for them. We went to House of Antique Hardware's website to see what we could find.

The wall was painted, and the cabinet was installed.

We decided on the large glass hexagonal style. They look great against the white doors!


June 8, 2014

We're Back

We know, we know... It's been a long time since we posted anything on our progress with restoring our 1902 Victorian.

We have been so busy with the new addition.

Here's a picture:

Now that we're settling into our new family dynamic, watch for us to start posting more regularly. Thank you!

November 16, 2013

The Perch of the Porch

In addition to all of the structural work that has been completed on our porch, another part of this summer's restoration was directed at the porch roof.  For years the porch roof was metal sealed with aluminum paint.  Over time this roof had seen its fair share of wear and tear, and time had taken its toll on the metal roof.  It had been patched and repaired a few times over the years, but it was now in need of replacement.

The hideous metal roof could be seen plainly from space. 
One feature of the old metal roof was a ridge that traveled along its distance, near the edge.  The purpose of the ridge was to collect the rainwater and divert it to one of three holes in the roof that fed normal downspouts.  This probably worked well for years, but through aging, the ridge had weak spots where water was seeping through and damaging the wooden structure underneath.

The old metal roof being removed.
One of the pieces of the ridge was actually marked with the date it was installed.  Pat from Drury Designs snapped a picture and saved the board for us to keep.  It is a pretty neat piece of history from our home.

Rolling out the tar paper and placing the bundles of shingles.
Instead of installing a new metal roof, we opted to have shingles installed.  This way it would more closely match the existing roof on the main part of the house.  Since a portion of the porch roof wraps around the turret, conventional shingles were not a good fit.  With Pat's advice, we choose a line of shingles that provided a more textured look and would allow the roofer to cut the shingles to lay properly along the roof's radius.

Roofing begins.
Since the main part of our roof was already dark shingles, we chose a color that would blend well. When it comes time to repair the main roof we will use the same shingles.  The new porch roof looks amazing, and the eye-sore of the metal roof is like a long lost memory.

After the new roof has been completed.

October 5, 2013

A New Coat of Paint: Jacob's New Bedroom

While we were planning to have Nitka Painting come out and paint our playroom, we wanted them to paint our son Jacob's new bedroom while they were here.

We are having a new baby in January of 2014, so our little guy needs to move to a new room!

This room had many cracks that needed to be fixed.

This wall needed the most attention.

A few more repairs were needed here.

Jacob's new bedroom was pink, initially. We want to do a theme with monkeys, so painting it green and brown was the next step!

These radiator pipes will serve as "trunks" for a tree that monkeys will climb.
We need to get some fake palm leaves to complete the look.

After painting.

Wall art for our monkey theme.

September 18, 2013

A New Coat of Paint: The Playroom

One of the rooms on the second floor doesn't have a closet. We knew that we wouldn't want to use it for a bedroom, so the next logical idea was to use it for a playroom for the current and future Lenz children!

When we first bought the house, the color of this room was kind of like a "peachy-tan"... the same color that my sewing room was before we had it painted a lovely lavender color.

Before painting.

There were a few cracks in this wall that we wanted to repair before the room got painted.
A few small cracks on this wall needed our attention as well.
We wanted the theme of this room to be Dr. Seuss' books, so we needed a nice neutral color that would go with everything from One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish to Horton Hears a Who and The Cat in the Hat. White was not a part of the conversation, simply because the trim was already going to be white, and who wants an all-white playroom? We went with Easter Lily. It really does look white on the computer screen, but against the white trim, it has a touch of yellow.

Nitka Painting was called up again. They were able to come out and paint this room for us, along with Jacob's new bedroom, which is right next door to this room.

Another room painted!
After painting.
We like how it turned out!