At the start of this project, when I was still very naïve, I thought we could just replace a few floorboards on the porch — a project that probably even Chris could handle. Then we noticed that the porch wasn’t exactly attached to the house and was precariously ready to fall into the front yard. Then John told us he had a vision for the front porch that was “just what this house needed.” He talked of Mortise and Tenon construction, no nails or screws and wooden pegs. He talked about mahogany floor boards and hemlock beams. Chris thought it sounded wonderful. I thought it sounded expensive. We went through rounds of designs, talked about other types of lumber and agonized over whether to spend that much money on a front porch!
But a front porch is a first impression — and it’s where we will sit for a cup of coffee early in the morning — or a drink at the end of the day, so we figured it might as well be beautiful. All we needed was a set of rocking chairs to make it complete. And one day we came home to two large boxes on the front porch (Thank You Len!)!!
So, watch out Ma and Pa Kettle — we’ve moved in and we have the rocking chairs to prove it!