We removed the windows and doors that opened into the sun porch. The living room / sun porch area will now be connected with a sliding glass door. The eat-in kitchen / sun porch area will have a new wall built with a single door entry. This will allow full access all around and still keep an open and light filled feel.
When removing the old flooring in the eat-in kitchen area we discovered hardwood flooring! This was the highlight of my day. =) It’s in kindof rough shape, so we probably won’t be able to just sand and stain like the rest of the house. I think I’m going to just repair and paint it (more details to come), which should bring a nice cozy / rustic feel to the area.
Door and windows came in and the sun porch exterior framework is done! In the Spring we will paint the stairs grey, to match the color of the front porch decking, but eventually we’re hoping to replace these with a full deck and hot tub. So, for now the stairs are just temporary.
We went with a door that has interior blinds so we can have privacy in the room when we want it and don’t have to worry about hanging (or cleaning) blinds or drapes over the door area. I’m not exactly sure what kind of window treatments I’m going to put together for this room. Lately I’ve been thinking that a bamboo slotted roll up blind would look nice, but we shall see.
The inside of the sun porch will be completed after most of the main house work is done. It’s great to have this room, it will be wonderful to sit there and have my morning coffee, but it’s not particularly high on the list of things that need to be done and it’s not like we can’t use the room as is for now. But, here is the link back to the plan for the finished product: Sun Porch.
Day 27: Installed more cedar siding to sun porch and started window trim. Turns out the porch door we ordered wasn’t sized correctly, so that was sent back to get cut down. In-law suite side entrance door framework installed.
Day 28: The mailbox slit into the side of the garage, that Neil had to have was cut and framed out. I think it would have looked nicer if we just used a real mailbox on the front porch, but if we don’t like it later down the road we can always pop out the vinyl siding strip and replace it. Yellow in-law suite side entrance door installed (I helped install the door knob =) ) and light hooked up.
Day 29: Remaining front porch posts put in, grey composite decking installed, and one column sleeve finished. I just love the look of that grey composite decking…a pricey pick, but we’ll never have to deal with sanding and staining, so I think it’s well worth it. This is going to be an amazing looking front porch when it’s finished!
Day 20 & 21: Rain…It’s been great that Clark’s Home Improvement has been able to do all this work later in the season, but it does suck when we get rain days.
Day 22: Work started back up on the front porch with the roof framework being installed! I actually stood there and watched the guys work for about half and hour. It’s amazing to see something being built from nothing. I wish I was more handy.
Day 23: Roof of front porch and recessed ceiling light installed. Got our free cedar shake siding that Clark had leftover from another project and thought we’d like. It’s going to be used around the front entry porch and sun porch. I wasn’t totally sure about it being around the front porch because of its coloring…I planned the entire entryway around the blue siding color. I guess after a few years the cedar drys out and turns a gray color, but I still think I want to paint it blue.
Day 24: More progress on the front porch. Cedar shake siding installed on the front soffit.
Day 25: Edging around front porch and our new yellow front door installed. Cedar siding started around sun porch.
Day 26: Remaining cedar siding and bead-board style ceiling panels installed. I’m still not totally sold on the color, but we’ve been getting a lot of compliments on it, so we must be doing something right. Sun porch framed in and 2nd-story dormer edging finished. Had a few troublesome trees removed. And the cement block for the in-law suite side entrance stairs poured, so we got to leave our mark on our house. =)
One part of our exterior remodel project is refinishing the exterior wall of the sun porch. It’s currently in shabby shape, inside and out. Supposedly the previous owners used it as a room for their cats…so needless to say, it needs some TLC.
So, here’s the plan:
- New painted chevron floor (see below for more details). Current wood floor is painted light blue, so it will need to be sanded down and refinished.
- White wicker furniture with bright modern patterned cushions (which I most likely will sew myself…unless I find a deal on something I like).
- Chair rail with beadboard all around perimeter, painted white. About 32″ up or ending where the windows start.
- Built-in cabinets to windowsill height with shelf to hold my plants.
- Wall color: Olympic Paint – Clay Pot A26-5…this was originally going to be the accent wall color in the living room, but with our proposed remodel plans, there isn’t a good wall to use this color on, so I figured why not use it for the sun porch?!
- New glass door and windows for weatherproofing and because it will look really nice. =)
- New sliding glass door from sun porch into the eat-in kitchen to replace the current shabby door and 1950s pull out double window/door/opening thingy…it’s actually pretty neat looking, but not insulated and would probably cost a fortune to refurbish to make useable.
- Existing built-in shelves will be refinished and painted white to match all other trim.
- Existing window will stay for now (I think), but will eventually be replaced with a matching sliding glass door that opens into the living room.
I haven’t fully decided how exactly I’m going to do the chevron floor. It may depend on what the wood floor looks like once we sand it down, but here are a few ideas.
- Paint white chevron pattern. Stain floor afterwards. (DIY tutorial)
- More subtle, white and grey painted. (Source)
- Bold, black and white painted. (Source)
- Light and dark stained. (Source)
OR…a lower effort solution…I could paint the floor black and put down a large black and white chevron patterned area rug.