Front Porch Rebuild Part One. My old porch was built in 1905 and most of it rotted many years ago. Many modern reconstruction efforts had failed, either structurally or aesthetically. It was time for a complete replacement in order to halt tedious maintenance. In addition, my insurance company performed a random inspection and informed me they did not approve of the lack of handrails and railings - items long gone, for at least twenty five years :-)
So, what to do? Maintenance-free is my mantra these days, but maintenance-free is a lot of work! I resolved to start over from the ground up; the only remnant of the original would be the concrete steps which would eventually wind up concealed for ever, under the new porch.
I decided an all concrete porch would be the order of the day; the deck to be finished with slate tile and the walls to be faced with river rock. The steel posts for the new decorative steel railing would be elegantly embedded in the concrete for maximum rigidity. The steps up to the porch would be re-arranged through ninety degrees, allowing for wider treads of reduced height, for a more graceful approach. As a bonus, I later decided to incorporate landscape lighting after discovering some good barely used equipment at a garage sale.
The basic construction was achieved in three phases. After carefully demolishing and removing all vestige of the old wooden (and brick faced) structure, I laid out and poured new footings, incorporating the new approach path. Next, the walls and steps were formed & poured. Finally the concrete deck was formed, resting on the walls and new concrete pillars,recycling the plywood used to form the walls. The deck was poured to a depth of 3.5 inches and incorporated lots of re-bar. Over 1000' of re-bar was embedded in the concrete.
As I write (Feb 2013), most of the slate tile has been applied to the deck, but for now, I await better weather. After a beautiful fall in 2012, the usual winter wet and cold prevails for now. The job should be complete summer 2013.
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