July 31, 2014

Porch Foundation

Now that our south porch has been removed, it's time to start the rebuilding process. The first thing that needs to be done is to have a solid foundation on which to build the new porch. Just like when we had our front porch renovated, we'd need to have concrete footings under the stone columns.

Here comes Earl!

Digging the holes for the concrete pilings under our stone pillars.

Putting the forms together.

With the help of Earl from Earl's Excavating and Eric from Roffers Concrete Construction, we are ready for the next phase in our porch rebuild.

The form is ready for concrete.

The truck is here!

One wheelbarrow full at a time, the forms get filled up with concrete.

Jacob the Foreman watching to make sure the job's done right.

July 25, 2014

Porch Demo

The porch on the south side of our home has been in need of serious repairs since long before we moved in. After having Pat Drury of Drury Designs take a look, he confirmed what we'd been fearing all along: we'd have to do a complete demo and rebuild.

The old porch after demo had begun.
The sagging gutter and the beadboard underneath has been removed.

The square pillars will be replaced with round ones, to match the front porch.
The square ones will be reused in a unique way...

We weren't that brokenhearted about it, simply because it was in bad enough shape that it likely would have cost more money to repair it than it would have to start over. Furthermore, the porch wasn't original to the house, so we saw this as an opportunity to match our newly completed front porch.

We attempted to get historic preservation tax credits through the Wisconsin Historical Society for the repairs to this porch -- and the other large projects this year, however, they did not approve our application.  Since the porch was added to the house during the "historical period of significance" the WHS mandated that it must be restored to the style it was when we purchased the house, instead of the historically accurate design that Pat drew up for us.  It is a shame that the state is so rigid in their views because this new porch will fit the design of the house better and not look like it was added as an afterthought.

Removing the old metal roof. 

The porch is gone!

This area is going to be seeing a lot of activity in the next few weeks...

We will keep you updated on the reconstruction as it happens!

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.