I thought with the new year I would tell you what I would do differently if I were to build this porch again.
It’s not that I don’t love it, because I do. It has been the panacea to many stress filled days. I just have a few tweaks I would insist on.
So just in case you are thinking of building a porch in the coming year these tips might help you out.
The number one thing I would want to change is the overhang.
The way our home is situated leaves a wind tunnel effect blowing through the backyard.
So, when it rains it really can soak anything closer than 2 feet from the screen.
I think if I had a two foot overhang it would really help.
I would absolutely put my foot down and insist that we have a tongue and groove floor put down.
Susan over on Between Naps On The Porch has a fantastic example of the type of floor I wish I had. You can see it here.
I am learning to live with it but I do think we made a big mistake not using T&G.
Although it looks like a very tight floor in this picture, over the course of drying out the gaps are noticeable between boards.
Of course if I had done the T&G floor this one wouldn’t even be a number three. Ha ha !
Staining the floor was not the greatest idea for this porch in my opinion.
The stain has a tendency to well..stain.
Between a wet summer, a constantly muddy dog and general wear and tear, the floor always looks dirty to me.
If I had to do it over again I would paint the floor. I think a porch floor paint will do a much better job.
I am thinking I might add a pattern to it next time around. Something like KariAnne did over at Thistlewood Farm here.
The fourth and last thing I would change would be the back door.
Now I know I have droned on and on about how much I love the back door.
And I do, truly !
The only change would be the configuration of the door. You see, being a dutch door the top separates from the bottom.
I elected to have a shelf on the bottom half on the inside.
This has made finding a good and efficient locking system a hassle.
It still doesn’t lock the way I would like it to so in hindsight I would not have the shelf.
This picture of Bonnie Blue shows the shelf I am writing about. This is Bonnie’s favorite spot.
So these are the four things I would change. Four may not sound like a lot, but they are big changes in the scheme of things. So if you are planning to build a porch you may think about these changes I wish I had made. It may save you some headaches later :-)!!
If anybody out there has a dutch door and has solved my locking problem I would love to hear from you.
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