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The porch has been slowly coming along, lets emphasize slowly! In March the porch was framed and the roof was done. In May the gutters and fascia was completed and in June the cedar shakes was added to the front of the porch. We found the cedar shakes at our local Habitat for Humanity Restore for a whooping $10 a bundle! I wanted to tackle the shakes myself since it seemed easy enough and I am a DIYer at heart but decided against it cause heights do scare me 'a little' and also the time it would have taken me to complete the job. Against my better judgement we hired a guy, we didn't know anything about and we didn't even check for references, to put the shakes up. He had the top two layers crooked and he was suppose to come back and finish it, but he never did and there it sat ugly for months. Please do your research on whom ever is doing work on your home, this situation could have been averted with a little homework.
Unhappy with how the porch looked...I began seeking out other options to cover the front of the porch. In the meantime the cedar started to warp and break apart. :( I found fancy vinyl shake siding on craigslist for $15 and that paid for six panels. Which was plenty for our small porch. Finding it for that price was a heck of a lot better than $250 for the same product anywhere else, it's a special order everywhere I looked and you could only purchase a minimum of 10 sq ft. Way too much for my small project. Here is the vinyl shake siding we purchased from craigslist.
replace cedar shakes
- wrap columns
- add house numbers
- add shutters around all windows in the front and sides of house
- add ceiling to porch
- wrap door
- add railing around porch and down steps