Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A front porch and a driveway

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. 

15 comments:

marainey1 said...

I love the porch!  I used to spend hours sitting on mine.  'On Ya' - ma

robinngabster said...

Lookin good, I see many hours of enjoyment sitting on that front porch!

madcobug said...

You and Cliff will really enjoy that porch. Looks like he does good work. Helen

siennastarr said...

Very nice!!! :)

Jackie

starstarj said...

Looks wonderful Donna. It looks like this was a great move for you. You have a wondrful view of the pasture and best of all it is modern AND cool.

redpoppy007 said...

I love a front porch.  It will look good when he is done.
Enjoy~

magran42 said...

Love the pictures....can't wait to see the roof.  

countrylady4071 said...

You and Cliff will really enjoy your porch.  I love sitting out on my deck with a roof.  It's keeps the sun off of me, and I just enjoy looking at nature.  Have a great evening.
Hugs,
Pat

jctopaz55 said...

Nice porch , Mosie....you are going to love sitting on that porch watching the horses. We have a porch almost just like yours too ,and we have a swing on one side of it and  I love that.  Yes , $700 is reasonable for the labor It is worth every penny . You will love it more and more every day.

((( Hugs )))
  Jctopaz55

helmswondermom said...

I agree that $700 is very reasonable, especially when he's doing such a good job.  It's going to look fabulous!
Lori

mutualaide said...

Cool.  It's going to be cool (and cool) sitting out there on a roof with a porch ... not a hot, sunny deck.  I'm excited for you!

suzypwr said...

That porch is looking really nice!

xoxo

bookncoffee said...

Neat about the porch....I'd be sitting there with a book and ice tea.  lol  When the roof is added and the temps are not so hot.  

fowfies said...

That porch is looking great! I know you will love sitting on it early in the morning having coffee and watching the horses. :) Kelly

breakaway1968 said...

Yes, porches are great for watching free ranging chickens too :)  I do wish I had a horse tho :(  Maybe soon!