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Posted by idie2live (My Page) on
Mon, Feb 22, 10 at 22:55

Some of you will remember my original problem when I started posting on this board. I wanted some type of sitting area on the front of the house. I sometimes sit in the living room, but there are no windows that face the street go figure!
We tried to re-arrange my kitchen to include a sitting area, but we never came up with "THE" plan. After obsessing about it for months, I decided to stop talking about it and focus on other projects.

Fast forward to 2 weeks ago. While re-reading an old post from Flowerlady, I realized that she had a nice office by closing her small porch and that it could work for me too.

So, I decided to close in my front porch! For me this is a good fit. I wont miss the porch because I never sit on the porch (mosquitoes love me).
My porch is 5.5 x 11. There will be just enough space for me to have a comfy chair, a table and a small tv. He will be closing it in, insulating, putting windows on each end and either side of the door. As long as I don't add heat/air, take out existing walls or modify the roof, the city will still consider it a porch.
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This is a house I am using for inspiration. I hope to end up with something similiar (minus the brick).


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I talked to the contractor last week, and he gave me an estimate. He is going try to start either Friday or Monday (whenever he finishes the job he is working on now).

Loretta


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WOW Loretta,

How exciting. Love your inspiration picture. Will you then be removing your front door into your house and just having the new door as the one front door or?

I would LOVE to close in our front porch. Maybe some day. It does have a full foundation under it. That makes it easier to do. Right now we do not need more house. Not to mention my pocket book is looking pretty thin.

Can't wait for this to be come reality for you. So excited for you. Promise blow by blow pictures.

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wow, you have so much going on right now! I love your house btw it's so pretty. I want to put up shutters like yours on my house (one day) to give it a bit of zing. are yours decorative or do you use them? mine would just be decorative and it's not something you see very often here but every now and then I drive past a house with them and love the way they look. DH thinks its a stupid idea unless they do something :/ pfft lol


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Chris, I will be moving the current front door and storm door out to the porch entry. This will be the house entry. Since I'm installing regular windows and its going to be framed like a regular room, it will be secure. Then I'm going to put an interior door where the current door is.
Trance, the shutters are decorative (really common around most parts of the south). I would love to reuse them, but with the door and windows, I do not believe there will be enough room to put them back up. Tell your DH that they do 'DO something' - they give you joy, lol

I have been planning the past several years to build a room(s) onto my house. In this economic climate, I scaled back - and back - and back! I finally decided that I could do several projects for less money than the room would cost. That is how I came up with

1) enlarging my bedroom (done)
2) laundry room being reconfigured (done)
3)painted the living room; painted the bathroom and put up beadboard panel (done)
4) kitchen 'refresh' (on-going)
5) enclose front porch (this week, hopefully) and last
6)widening and leveling my driveway (within the next 2 weeks).

I have a lot going on, but I wanted to get these projects done before the Spring (which is typically very busy for contractor's).


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Idie, you have a project that I dearly love to do. So far, we've done TWO porches down south, and ONE porch up north. I really want to add a proper entry stoop up north, since that snow can pile up and ice can make the steps so hazardous.

When we did our SIDE porch, which was just screened and about to fall through when I moved into the house (renting from a friend at that time), we wanted to enjoy that really nice space all year. Exactly what you are thinking. Now, we have it all done. Instead of a storm door on the outside, we got an exterior French door, with a lock set. At that time, I planned to use the porch door as the main entry since it was next to the back gate and the place I parked the car. But then, I also replaced the front door with a Pella Energy Star rated double paned w/blind in the middle. And that did such nice things to the front stoop, that I refreshed the front door and we now use that as the main entry.

We took the old metal door off the porch, the one which was also a locked and metal door. And I just recently took out the door molding and left just the plain wooden door frame. What I had in mind originally was another French door, but an interior type, which is not quite as thick as an exterior door.

That is why I am writing now. You say your living room does not have any window view of the street. I think you could get a FRENCH DOOR there. Or, think about one of those BIFOLD FRENCH DOORS, and mount it like a shutter is mounted, one half to each side of the doorway. I think it would be elegant!

And if the floor out there is wood, level it NOW, not later, because after the walls go up you won't be able to do that. And believe me, porch floors SLOPE A LOT AND IT IS ALL AWAY FROM THE BODY OF THE HOUSE. So discuss this issue with your contractor.

Also, if there is no city building permit required, you might consider adding two receptacles on either side of the porch. Maybe he can drag the wiring down through the ceiling or make a surface installation fairly high. If one of your windows can open, you might be able to get one of those A/C units on wheels, which has a flex-tube as the exhaust vent and you put that through a window. Those units come in all sizes. You will need some sort of cooling since you are southern. My hubby built a Frigidaire window unit (8000BTU) into the custom walls he did on our sunporch. And We sure did need it since there is 10' western wall of 1/4" Lexan. In fact, 3 of the walls are Lexan, one is stucco w/ the chimney enclosed in the porch, and there are 2 32" doors/doorways. I keep my parrots out there, and also hubby's upholstered swivel rocker....but I may have to move his chair if he doesn't stop claiming every seat with a view!!!

At least, have the contractor add a good hugger ceiling fan. I got a 30" or 32" diameter fan at Lowes. It does stir the air nicely. I left off the light kit, because I prefer lamp light. If you have a porch light out near the steps, you can make the new ceiling fan operate simply on a pull cord and no switch.

You are accomplishing so MUCH!!! Keep up the fine work.
There is more than one way to skin a cat. Sometimes our limitations lead us onward to a more pleasurable solution.

And I am really really into shutters. But we'll have to start a fresh discussion on that, so it won't usurp your enclosed porch discussion. :)

View from back yard behind privacy fence. Lexan (polycarbonate panels) are 24" wide.

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This view shows french exterior door. Two of the skinny Lexan panels look like side lights, same as you are planning.
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Here is the original doorway into the living room, showing the old porch floor (with wide gaps) and the plywood subfloor DH is adding before laying porcelain tile.
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Closeup of the porcelain tile from Lowes, Rialto Roman Salmon, Italian tile. VERY nice product.
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i enclosed part of a large front porch on the old house, added a french door and a window and a closet to it..it was my office and i loved it..that was before our fire..on the new house i have now i have a 8 x 12 porch that we enclosed entirely with plexiglass on 3 sides and a glass paneled entry door..it isn't heated..but it gets warm when the sun is out..there is a door between that and our home..so it is cold in the shady winter days..but we really like it..the slightest sun warms it up enough to use it and in the summertime we ventilate it by opening the door


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I see lots of windows, with plants hanging in them. Can't wait to see the pictures!


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Moccassin, I love the pics of your porch. I have a friend who has one very similiar to yours.
The windows will be operable and there is already an outlet on the porch if I decide to put in a window unit. The porch floor is cement so I have considered tile, but I'm going to start with an area rug for now.
There may not be room accross the front for the door and 2 windows so I went to the salvage shop and saw a couple of sidelites for sale. But then I rememberted you saying your porch had Lexan and so when I went into Lowes today I looked at the Lexan sheets to price them. They are supposed to be almost unbreakable.
Fortunately the ceiling is 8' high so I can have a ceiling fan.
Ronbre, was that your house I saw where a really nice front porch was added?

Jay, you must really want plants to die, lol


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Idie, thank you. You can choose to get Lexan/polycarbonate panels with a UV filter in them, but we chose the unfiltered kind since the parrots need the full spectrum light. And so do plants. Polycarbonate is, in fact, bulletproof and probably good enough to withstand hurricane debris as well.
One thing you must allow when using the Lexan panels is for extreme expansion/contraction of the material. You will need to use the type of sealant that the mfgr specifies or it will leak on you. And, the panels will scratch if you clean it with an improper kind of cloth, so be careful not to make it go glazey/hazy on you. On the front of our porch, the wall facing full on west, I put a matchstick or bamboo blind and it is great to cut the heat in summer. The roof of the porch is beadboard, the real stuff, and hubby used the extreme expansion sealant like on the polycarb panels to really seal from the attic space. He also added more insulation up there, and ran another surface electrical circuit for the Frigidaire 8000 BTU window a/c.
The sheets we got are .24" thick, almost 1/4 inch.

The area rug on the cement floor will be great. Are you thinking jute or sisal?

One thing for sure: You are going to LOVE your new space.
Like FlGargoyle says, the space is a natural for live plants. A cement floor doesn't mind a little water at all.
I've been meaning to add some ceiling hooks, but hate to mar the beadboard. So instead now I am thinking of regular swivel plant hangers on the 2x4" support lumber. I guess this porch is my favorite room in the house.


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"Tell your DH that they do 'DO something' - they give you joy, lol "

oh Im going to use that as my comeback next time hehe. He doesnt get that our bricks are so plain and pale and our house looks really drab from the outside. but since I do most of the repair/decorating work I think I should get to decide. honestly as long as I put them up myself I should get around him. He just doesn't like me asking him to do things so he poo poos a lot of my ideas just in case he has to be involved :)


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We used to use old bird cage stands for hanging plants- you can move them wherever you want. Nowadays, they're probably hard to find, and you might pay dearly for them. It would be easy enough to make some, though.


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Well, the contractor came by today to go over the details. He is going to start on Monday morning. I decided to do the interior painting myself - haven't decided on a color.
Furnishing:
I've been trying to decide between an arm chair or maybe one of those outdoor chairs with cushions (the kind that look like wicker). The arm chair will be much more comfortable, but the outdoor chair will be a lot cheaper!
I'll also probably put up blinds and shears also.
I have a cabinet that I think will be perfect for the space. I also have a 15" flat screen tv (I could leave it out there, or if its really hot or cold in there, I can bring it back inside. Does heat and cold affect electronics?)


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I cant believe how excited I am to have my porch enclosed! It is SMALL but nice. I wanted to put a 24" x 60" window on either side of the door, but nobody has them in stock (they are special order). Sooooo, since I did not want to wait on the project, we decided to put 16"x70" Lexan side-lites on either side of the door. We also have an operable 36"x60" window on each end.
It is sheathed and ready for the side-lites and door. But there is rain forcast for tomorrow :( and possible snow on Wednesday.
Loretta
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WOW So fast. Looking good and I think you will enjoy the windows. I like the way they are placed so you still can put something under them like your nice sitting chair. The side light door windows will be perfect. Woo Hoo Loretta. Looking good. Hope your weather does not hold things up for too long.

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Hey boy! That contractor is FAST. And it looks great.
I think you will be so pleased with the Lexan side lights.

Now when spring comes, cut those boxwood back hard, so you can make a real show at your front door. Maybe get a couple of huge pots to sit on either side of the steps. Just plop some containers of geraniums in there, or maybe asparagus ferns.

Inside would be a nice place to put a hanging basket in front of the sidelite panels, on a chain so they can be raised or lowered easily and watered easily. And also block folks from seing straight into your room. You'd be surprised how a group of really green plants creates a green haze to the room.

Also, have you thought about the window box which is wire and which you can simply set flower pots in seasonally?
Put some of that super watering crystals in the pots to keep the roots hydrated. Just don't use too much, it begins to ooze like slime. :)

You will get a lot of pleasure from this tiny space. Your very own catbird seat.


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Thanks Chris, I've been looking for a chair for a couple of weeks. I want something with a firm seat and that does not sit too low. Everything I like cost more than I really want to spend. But I am also thinking about a wicker chair (the price is better). They usually have a deeper seat and of course are firm seating. Online I've also seen several different chair-and-a-half , but I can't imagine buying a chair without trying it out first.

Moccassin, the yellow/green bushes are Eunomynous. They're about 20 years old. I cut them back at the end of spring. The others are Indian Hawthorne (I think). I plan to move them over to the fence. I usually buy potted plants for the steps. I love Hibiscus and Ferns. But what I really want is a very small, very slow-growing evergreen that could be used to decorate for Christmas. I'll have to ask the garden people is there is anything that can take our hot summers.


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Loretta, there is an Alberta Spruce that does nicely here and looks like a Christmas tree. We called them Pointy Pines before learning the proper name.

Chris

Here is a link that might be useful: Alberta Spruce


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Thanks Chris, I'm going to google them and see if they are hardy in SC. A lot of my yard is in full or partial shade. I planted this Crepe Myrtle about 12 years ago and to everyone's surprise, it turned into a giant! I love it when its in bloom, but we have to trim the lower branches every year.
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No work today because of rain. Tonight it is supposed to snow! What in the world is going on?


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OH Good heavens that is a nice lot of shade. Wish we had it here. Do not know how they do in shade. I was thinking you were in a more sunny spot.

Chris


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The porch is officially closed in! The front door and screen were moved out and most of the vinyl got done today. Tommorrow he will try to complete the inside and put up the new door to living room.

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The front 'windows' really adds to an 'open' feeling.


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OH My Loretta, Your dream is coming true. So so happy for you!! Looks wonderful and I bet those windows really do open things up. Loving the white v*nyl. Hehehe testing ML theory to see if that will stop the linking words.More than one way to skin a cat.

Way to go. Maybe you need to send your man to us. You make me want to close in our porch now. EEEEKKKKK I would have to work for the city forever to pay it off.

Chris


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SNORK IT WORKED!! Just add a * where a vowel should be and it will break the link like ML said.

Supposed to be cooking dinner.

Chris


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Wow Loretta- That's lookin' good... and fast, too!


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thankyou, I'm very pleased. But Monday night, I wasn't so sure! Before the front windows were cut out, it felt too tight. So when they came on Wednesday, I told them to enlarge the window on the right side of the door (27" x 70"). Wow, what a difference.
They still need to mud and sand, hang door, install handrails and hang some kitchen cabinets.


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OMG, Idie2live, your porch is such a spacemaker! It makes your house front look so good. Even the short strips of vinyl on either side of the two "lights" have the look of shutters. Which I dearly LOVE.

That side light made 27 x 70 had a big impact. Is it still the polycarbonate/Lexan stuff? Somewhere I have a set of instructions on how to keep the material from getting scratched and I will try to get it to you. Or at least tell you. Without looking at it, I won't attempt to relay the info--too afraid of messing up your playhouse!

I think the wicker chair inside that wider window will give a very comfortable and COMFORTING image of the style of living possible inside your home. Even the new door into the living room will become a part of the picture.

Now while you are thinking about plants to emphasize the effect created by this new elegant VERY SOUTHERN porch, also think about a window box under the smaller window off to the right on the brick. You can take that last picture you posted and just keep pasting different styles of window boxes up to it, until you get the one you love.

If you like ferns, and you are in South Carolina, I recommend that you try asparagus fern. I planted those in some very inhospitable places at my church, surrounded by cement, baking in sun all day with no shade, and they prospered. The asparagus fern has little thingys on the roots that look like grapes when they suck up the water, and they also survive the winter. This winter was very hard on mine, but they are already coming back, and I just need to cut off the dead tops. One of my favorite ferns which has survived this winter, but will need to have at least broken shade, is the holly fern. It is a deep deep glossy green with semi spiky edges to the leaves--but not dangerously so of course.

An online source of information is PlantDelightsNursery up in Juniper Level NC....I order from them, and LOVE to read the plant info written by the owner, Tony Avent. For some good advice about selecting plants for your area, he'd be one person I'd trust. Very amusing too.

And they have hibiscus there also. And HOSTAS LOVE SHADE. They would do great in your zone, because they keep on spreading like crazy at DH's house in MA. Also, if you want something that is BEAUTIFUL and will survive the winters, take a look at the HEUCHERAS, or coral bells. Mostly the leaves are stunning, with flowers on tiny spikes not being so impressive. But THEY keep coming back too. Oh dear me, I can tell my gardening fever is rising again. Sorry.


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The contractor is finished with his part. Now all of the grunt work is on me!

This is the smallest fan I've ever seen.

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I found this film to put on the narrow window - it looks simliar to the glass in the door.
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Already started priming the brick (what a pain) and the sheetrock. Out of pure laziness, I have decided to paint it a creamy white; but the valence, rug and chair will have color in them. Also this light will be moved to the outside when the electrician comes.
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Railings up! Trim still needs to be painted
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....what a lovely surprise! I know it makes you happy to find flowers blooming after such a difficult winter.

The creamy white for the bricks, absolutely the right choice. That film on the skinny window works perfectly too. And the blind on your 27x70 window is a fine choice.

Do you know where that tiny fan came from? I bought a totally white one w/ 6 blades from Lowes last year. I think it was 30" diameter counting the blades. But yours looks even smaller. Maybe because of the color? Anyway, I like the style. Mine really moves the air!

Well, I know you will be a happy camper when you have it all together. This was a quick job, with an immediate payoff. Talk about improved curb appeal, you did it up right. Be sure to post a picture of the chair you decide to use. And the lamp. And the table. Inspirational, that's what it is. Kudos to your contractor too.


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OH and you already have blinds. Hoping you find just the perfect chair and ottoman. I love the space you have created.

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what a great little space and I agree with moccasin that it really adds to the street appeal too. I love the film on the windows too it looks so good! I cant wait to see it all dressed up inside when it's finished. I think you should buy the most comfortable chair you can find and the cost be damned! you've earned a nice chair girlfriend! treat yourself for all the hard work you've done ;)


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Trance, as busy as Idie2live stays, it is a wonder she EVER sits down!

But even the image of a restful spot can be refreshing. Years ago, I hung a nice Pawley's Island hammock between two pear trees, under which I'd planted solid monkey grass. It was a shady quiet spot on the north side of my little house at Moccasin Landing. I guess I lay in it less than a dozen times before it rotted, but I could look at it every morning out my bedroom window, and get a long view down the tree-shaded bayou, and that promise of relaxation eased my mind. Sometimes all you need to have is the PROMISE of relief.

I have a new hammock just like the old one, but so far have not found a great spot to hang it at this house.


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I know what you mean moccasin and I've been the same with my garden. If I tried to sit down and relax out there all I could see was all of the things I needed to do ;) This year with so much unrelenting 100+ weather and a broken air conditioner I've spent a lot of evenings relaxing out the back because it was too hot to be in the house, relaxing in a nice sun lounge with a cold beer out there (*gasp* and I hate beer but it took the edge of the heat) hehe. I've finally realised why I we built that pergola and I bought those sun lounges for it. :)


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What a gorgeous transformation. I actually like it better than a large porch as it's yours alone and you have privacy. I'll bet you wished you did it long ago.


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Idie2live, I love your little sanctuary porch and your flexibility to change plans during the build. When you have a builder who will work with you, it is fun to make changes once you see the space all done. I have one concern about your new placement of the front door that I would like to raise. You are used to having the front door with the glass storm door underneath the shelter of the roof. Depending on which way the porch faces, you may find that you need to be careful to change out the glass in the storm door with the screen when warmer weather comes. If you get direct sun on the door, the heat build-up behind the glass storm door can warp or otherwise damage your steel. Just something to be aware of if the front faces the sun part of the day.


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Loretta, that looks great! Have you had time to really enjoy it yet?


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Moccosain, the fan is 24" I think and it came from Lowe's.

nancy, even though it is west-facing, the porch is in almost total shade most of the day because of the Crepe Myrtle monster :0) Also, the front door is usually open all day anytime it is fairly warm outside.

I had a piece of vinyl to cover the concrete and an area rug to use over it. I also have a table that fits perfect. I haven't bought a chair yet, but I put one of the chairs from the living room on the porch to gauge the size I need. (But this chair will be going back into the l!ving room.)
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Oh Loretta it is all so lovely!!!! The rug is Gorgeous. Amazing how nicely the table fits. Great space and I bet in winter it will also help to keep your house warmer as a chamber to stop the cold draft from door opening.

So pretty and glad you are home safe.

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Not sure about the price for the chairs, but I really like the styles at Room & Board. I know you said you wanted one with a FIRM SEAT. I know you need a streamlined but comfortable chair.

A nice high backed slim armed wingback, with straight legs and small wings, what I'd call a "lady chair" would fit nicely. And it would obviously be a chair made for a woman.
Straight legs in back, and the curved leg like your table, if you plan to leave it on the porch? I like it there.

To make it functional, look for a storage ottoman on wheels, one which can be pushed under your table when not needed, yet you can sit there to do mail or maybe bring out your laptop and enjoy your neighborhood view.

I really like your porch. Seeing you do it gives me as much enjoyment as doing one myself.


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oh my. that is just an awesome space. I want one.

have you checked one of those consignment stores for a chair? a friend of mine bought her LR furniture at one and got such a deal on her s*fa and 2 chairs. They are so beautiful. didn't even look used at all.


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Moccasin, I love the chairs at Room and Board, but unfortunately, they are out of my budget.
Steph, I have been haunting the shops looking for a vintage chair, but so far not luck.

Another option I have is a wicker (or wicker-look) patio chair. In the meantime, I can just leave my living room chair on the porch until I decide. I've hung curtains and a few prints.
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Loretta you have such a st*le about you. I really like your choices in decorating.Looks so nice.

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oh I love it! the chair really suits that area and the table. I just love the railing on the outside too.


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Loretta, I thought of you last night when I started reading my latest BH&G magazine. There is an enclosed porch with a cute little settee type bench.

I like the curtains you put in there, makes it really private and cozy.


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Loretta, do you make slip covers?
(you can do everything me thinks) :)

Keep your wingback chair there until you find that knockout chair you are looking for. Do not settle.
But you might be very comfortable during the hot weather to have a creamy cottony slip cover with piping that same green as the curtain panels? Then you won't worry about plopping down there for a sip of ice water after sweating out in the garden. You know it will invite you to take a break!

Your porch is about the most perfect little jewel box I ever saw. Small spaces are priceless because you feel you just walk into them and PUT THEM ON. Like wrapped in clothing you really like. You done good, lady.


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I wrote a message and it was totally rejected.
Do NOT know why.

Your porch looks fantastic.
Let's see what they do with THAT.
Sheeeeeeshhhh.


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"SNORK IT WORKED!! Just add a * where a vowel should be and it will break the link like ML said. "

shades are you still getting those underlined words? I noticed there were two of them, one comes from ivillage and one is from gardenweb. after I disabled both of them I didnt see those links any more.


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Sorry that I misspoke earlier. It seems that even though there was a hangup, somehow it did post my fuller compliment to Loretta.

Now, Trance, how do you disable the (popups?)....whatever you are talking about? Using Firefox these days, not as familiar with it as I was w/ IE7.


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Ha, I did this weeks ago so I couldnt even remember what I did so had to delete my cookies and try to get the darn things to come up again! boy do those things slow down bringing up the pages here grrr.

anyway, Ive figured out what I did now, when you see one of those underlined words, put your mouse over it and when it opens up that pop up type box it says "vibrant" in the top right hand corner. click on "vibrant" and it will take you to a page where you can click on "disable". If you still see any more of those links do it again because I noticed some of them come from an ivillage page and some from a gardenweb page and I had to disable both before I stopped seeing all of the links


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oh I should have mentioned too that to see if it worked you might need to hit your refresh/reload button in ie or firefox


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Are y'all still getting the other popups from here? I've disabled that underline thing, but I still get the same popups I have all along here.


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Wow, wow, wow!! You have been one busy lady. Congrats on getting this done so fast! I am in awe, Loretta. It looks wonderful. Enjoy your new space! :o)
Where did you find such a tiny fan? I've been looking for one for our bedroom ...


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Prairie, I asked her that also, and she said LOWES. Well, I thought I had purchased a different model, but lo and behold, the one I bought last fall was the same model. Same everything. It is 24" wide blade tip to blade tip. Monte Carlo #94244.

I got mine for the kitchen, and was informed by a friend that you don't put ceiling fans in a kitchen....well, I will ask about that in a separate thread, see what everyone else thinks.


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LOL Good thing I did not know you were NOT to put ceiling fans in kitchens because we used to have TWO in our kitchen.

I think we all would like some of Loretta's expertise. Should we send her on a USA tour for awhile.?? What you think Loretta??

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Yes it is the same fan! Great minds think alike, huh?Trailershut.com
It didn't cost too much -I can't remember, but it was under a hundred dollars.
Prarie-girl, for a while there, I had several projects going on at a time. I was working on the kitchen, the contractor was doing the porch and the cement contractor was widening and repaving my driveway! WHEW!
But I managed to get them in and out before Spring, which is the start of their busy season.


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I'm just wondering if MARIO HAS A BROTHER?
Or can you CLONE him?

He really does good work.

And so do you!


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Not sure on the brother for Mario, I know his two sisters and they are also great workers. In fact the whole family works hard. Grand sons nieces nephews. They are a real asset to the Weiser Community.

chris


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I just wanted to show you all the chair I ended up getting for the porch. The chair I really wanted was $800.00 (ouch)! I decided it was to much to spend on a porch. But I'm thinking I MAY end up getting it for my bedroom.

Anyway, I saw an outdoor recliner by Lazy Boy. I had a coupon for 15% off, so I got it. The frame is all steel so it is really sturdy.

http://www.lazboyoutdoor.com/product.php?sku=STAN2010RECL

Here is a link that might be useful: Too lazy to download picture


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Idie, I looked at your link.
Had no idea that BedBathBeyond also sold La-Z-Boy products!
Wow.

I like the styling of the chair. The side panels of the wicker weaving will stay looking good for a long time. So when will we expect to see the bedroom lounging scene?
So many projects, so little time!!!


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idie, your porch is lovely--you've done a great job making it functional and comfortable, and the curtains and artwork are a really nice touch. Our back porch has been enclosed--long before we bought the house. We can tell because of the way the brick has been laid around the original pillars, and because the floor slopes down drastically for drainage.

I also like the ceiling fan. We have them in all our main rooms, even the kitchen, but we have an electric stove. Our house didn't have air conditioning, and those fans have been life-savers.


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I'm really enjoying it. I spend time out there every day (watching my neighbors). And yes I do leave the door between the porch and living room open. I had a problem matching the stain on my new French door with the one I already had. I finally got it stained and poly'ed and I'm happy with the final product.
Here a a few pics"

New chair
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New door
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I also put up a new light in the living room
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ML, I have an ugly, but comfortable loveseat in my bedroom. I SO want to change it!


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I really like the style of your house--it looks about the same vintage as ours, and I use similar furniture and rugs. The wall colors and chair-rail are beautiful, so is the new light fixture. I've always loved chair-rail, and I'm considering it for the dining room when we get to that.

LOL, if you are neighbor watching, you're missing a vital piece of 'porch decor'--field glasses!


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oh, idie - that is a great chair for there! you're all set - except for those glasses...lol! 'bird' watching...


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Pssst! Don't tell anyone, but I've got a pair og field glasses and they have come in handy!


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lol! mums the word!


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This is one of my favorite threads, showing a lot of improvement in a little space. And I want to make sure that Kiki22 can take an easy look at it when she thinks about redoing her entry way.

Consider this a BUMP in the right direction. :)


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Moccasin I'm so glad you did bump this, I wonder why I missed it the first time! Idie what a great space you've made, I'm so impressed how quickly you went from idea to finished product, whew!


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I was curious to see how hot it would get in the summer. Our temps have been hoovering in the high 90s and its still comfortable for me to sit on the porch. If it gets too warm, I leave the door open to the living room for a while. My DGD and her sisters love to sit out there when they're here (which has been a lot lately, lol)

I have a small flatscreen tv on the porch. So, one of my favorite things on sunday after church, is to sit on the porch and watch bad movies on the SyFy network!


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Loretta, I am glad that you have had a chance to use your porch, even in the heat. I do love your Laz-e-boy, too. Can I come down and watch those SyFy movies with you? (My sister is really steamed at them doing their name with the "y"s for some reason.)

I want you to know that your work has been a great inspiration to me. Like ML, I also love your style. I was planning to do my kitchen in your green and lilac color combo, but it turned into a huge project and I decided to just do green. The paint is on the walls in the kitchen and the family room and within two or three weeks, we should have it all done. Like you did, I asked the contractor to leave the painting to me, I needed to save money. He hates staining, so I stained the woodwork this weekend, too.

Here is to you, on your porch with a cool drink, a good movie, and those binoculars to make sure you see all of the wildlife!


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Loretta sez:"I have a small flatscreen tv on the porch. So, one of my favorite things on sunday after church, is to sit on the porch and watch bad movies on the SyFy network!"

Oh (groan) those old sci-fi movies were the worst. But at least you did not see too much gore like the newer monster movies have. I sure cannot watch those.

Last night I found THE HOLIDAY, where the two young women swap houses for Christmas. It was full of eye candy for house lovers. I think it was my third time to see it.
Now that we changed our phone system to cable, I got a lot more channels than before, and the cost is less than if I stayed with ATT phone service. I have yet to see the caller ID on the screen, but I'm sure it will show up when I figure out the settings. We're also getting some of the music channels, no spoken commercials (some text on screen but who watches music play?) I like the jazz, blues, classical, and less violent stuff. Nice.

Sorry if I seem to stray off topic here. But sitting on a porch relaxing brings up such images. I think you are getting your money's worth from that porch, Loretta. I bet you have room for a glass of wine and a plate of snacks too.


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hi,

i know this is an old post, but i love what you did! and i'm thinking of doing the same to my small cape one day in the future...how much would something like this cost? i know there are variables like material costs but just curious for a ballpark figure... i'm in NJ btw....

thanks!!


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Hi EMC, I'm in South Carolina so prices are probably considerably cheaper.
I paid $3,450. That includes all labor and materials (not including the fan or door). This also included moving the existing entry door and screen to the new location and installing a new interior door in the old position.
The roof and floor remained as is. The floor is cement so there was no issue with the weight of the added walls.
HTH
Loretta


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Loretta, was it hard to get a building permit?


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No, it was no problem at all. Someone in the city office told me that as long as I did not change any existing loadbearing wall, roof or floor; and that I was essentially just filling in the wall space - then the city would still consider it a porch. I didn't even have to draw it out for them.
Its different with new construction though. I am planning to add a room to my house in a couple of months and we are required to have a designer/architech draw the plans and a PE has to ok them.


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Loretta, old ideas never die, they just get ADDED ON.

So glad to see you rejuvenated for 2012, and more plans to look forward to.

Are you going to give that new room a thread of its own?
I will have to do a plan for my kitchen redo as well, what with new foundation, new roofline, and new floors throughout the house, with window seat and pantries in the dining AND kitchen. I'm really wanting it to start after DH goes back north in May. hehehehe. That way, I KNOW I'll get what I want without explaining the purpose of each item to him. Before it's done, he has doubts, but then once it is accomplished, he sees that I was NOT WRONG.


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