A front porch has been one of our first priorities here, and it's exciting to see it happening.
The man doing it is truly a craftsman, which is a relief since we more or less drew his name out of a hat. He isn't in good health: I'd say he has emphysema, just guessing; maybe something more serious, since he was telling us he's lost a bunch of weight in the last year. He hasn't volunteered anything, and I'm not going to ask. He usually leaves around noon because of the heat, and today he's leaving at eleven because he has a doctor's appointment.
We're happy with his work. And people at work who should know tell Cliff that $700 (labor only) is very reasonable. Our son-in-law is getting the lumber for us, using his discount where he works.
Funny thing is, I considered this porch a necessity, so people won't be walking directly into the living room from outside. But now I'm very enthusiastic about the idea of sitting there and watching the horses. I'm anxious to see what it's going to look like when the roof is added.