Friday, March 10, 2017

the porch begins

So sure, removing a window may not seem like a big deal...  But it signifies that the porch is really, finally, thankfully, going forward.  At nearly 8x10, it's also not just any window.  Other than clearing out a spot in the schoolhouse, I did not have to be involved in the delicate task in the least, which holds a perverse sort of pleasure.

While the window isn't original to the house (it dates to the split in the 20's), it's quite lovely and will serve a valuable purpose.  As mentioned before, and in great evidence this week, the weather roars up the hill like a freight train and pummels that side of the house.  The window will be mounted on the far side of the porch adjacent to the front doors, so it will offer them some degree of protection.  It'll also help protect the mail women from the attentions of our giant dog.

Now that the window is safely away we're free to begin demolition.  We used the last warm day this week (and for the foreseeable future) to take down the beadboard ceiling.  It seems clear that this was definitely salvaged from the original porch, and is *squeal* double-sided, which means no paint-stripping!  We have two decent piles of salvaged beadboard, and we're hopeful that one of them will prove to be a match.  If so, and paired with the other front porch that's coming down, we may have just enough to complete the new porch.

And if you're wondering about the resurgence of winter, well, you have me to thank.  A couple of weeks ago we took off the stops on the triple windows in the big room on the third floor - I've been slowly finishing the room, including stripping the paint.

While I won't be able to restore the sashes till summer, I wanted to get as much taken care of now so it can get light use as a guest room.  I knew the move was presumptive, but as a couple of glorious spring-like weeks passed, I thought I had outsmarted the cold.  As it turns out, snow just laughs when you take the stops away from windows that are actively decomposing, missing glass, and have no glazing putty.  Given the snow on the floor, and the chimney effect sucking the heat out of the house, I took down the velvet portieres from the parlor and hung them in front of the windows...  Winter.  Outsmarted....


  1. I'm very excited to see this project develop! Porches are so essential to the character and beauty of Victorian homes.

    I also understand your delight at avoiding stripping beadboard. I'm preparing to restore the front porch on our Foursquare this spring, and I am NOT looking forward to dealing with the peeling paint on the ceiling.

  2. Isn't the weather perverse around here? Freezing the past couple of weeks and we didn't even get the fun of a dramatic snow.

    What are you planning to do to seal around that upstairs window once the frames get repaired? I used Great Stuff in my front room because it was cheaper than caulk, but cutting the hardened GS overage back and cleaning off the residue was such a PITA I think saving time with caulk would have made more sense.

    BTW, I may not be blogging about the house, but I am working on it.

  3. Ohhh... it is looking so weird but still porches should be make in victorian house but according to the whether most of the times whether not reamain sound so be careful..!

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