It’s been nearly 6 months since my last post. I guess you could say I’m officially over the regular blog update thingie, but I intend to keep it as I know once we start traveling in the motorhome I will want to document our trips.
We’ve been pretty busy the last 6 months planning and managing the construction of our screened-in porch. Something we have always wanted and decided to get it done this year. After this is complete we will add some landscape beds on each side and then I believe everything we wanted in our forever home will be complete. Until I change something. But I haven’t had a desire to do much of that. Yet. GRIN
Early on in the design process we discovered a property setback issue. Most other homes in our community are able to build a pretty large rectangle porch - usually 15 x 14-18’ deep. Unfortunately, our home was built so close to the setback line we had to add a 45 degree angled wall @ 8’ and then were only able to go out a few feet more. Not even getting close to 14’. :-(
Once we discovered this problem we decided that room alone was not big enough so we bit the bullet and created a second room along the back of the sunroom. Initially we thought we’d just do about 7-8’ deep on the bigger room - large enough for a swing and some rocking chairs - unscreened, but covered. Sort of like the front porch we had in NC. But then we decided to go as deep as we could and enclose everything. It was such a large project and we had the right builder so we didn’t want to have second thoughts wishing we had gone deeper when it was all done.
Here are a few construction pictures and some interior pictures shortly after we moved in some furniture. Gutter installation and general cleanup outside will be done later this week. But landscaping will not occur until September.
We decided to go with a travertine floor and installing it was a massive under taking. Or I should say the prep to laying it was massive. They moved 10 tons of rock to the backyard with a skid steer loader and buku trips with their wheel barrows.
The rock was then compacted and then they added a layer of sand. Three guys got this all done in 2 days. It was amazing.
The painters then did their thing - inside and out.
This is Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore. Same color as my kitchen. I need to get another picture of the finished ceiling.
We moved in the furniture last weekend. In the smaller room the furniture is facing the house - it just made more sense as there are a lot of doorways in this room so we plan to use it in the morning to watch TV. It will sit on a piece of furniture in front of the house windows.
I had a short wall added inside to provide separation between the rooms and a place for some furniture for each room. I picked up the hutch in the picture below @ a local antique store for $140. It was already painted in a chipped, distressed look. I wish it was about 10” taller overall, but I’m not completely unhappy with it. It’s hard to find something that’s not too deep to fit on a wall that’s only 35” wide, so I consider myself pretty lucky.
And I have found 3 other aantique pieces. The rocker, the step stool, and in the big room a cricket table. My goal was to accomplish an interior look so I stayed away from metal patio furniture, however, the seating is weathered wicker with Sunbrella cushions - from Erwin and Sons. Everything else will likely be wood of some kind. I realize that’s a risk, but I plan to add polyurethane to some pieces and oil to others. And the reason is - a former antique dealer up the street from me suggested I oil the rocker — she says that will repel the water and better for the wood. Hmm. So I will give that a try.
Eventually I will add in some pillows, quilts, rugs, accessories, and potted plants to give it more color and a homey look. And then we need to decide on a small dining table and chairs for the other side in the big room. But for now we are just enjoying it. It will be heavenly come fall when all those trees in the ravine in front of us turn shades of red and orange. Probably a little chilly on some days, but I have a lot of quilts to keep us warm.