Things are moving right along with the Great Zielske Home Renovation of 2010. Above is a shot looking out the front door of half of my new front porch, which will soon have a built-in bench, stucco where you see the dark wall, and copper pipe in the open area to the left to create a screen. The cedar smells so good every time I step out to get my paper in the morning, it reminds me of my childhood home in Everett, Washington where I swear you smell damp wood everywhere.
The other half of my porch is in progress. Here's a shot from when they started laying the tile.
Here's what it looks like this morning. The goal of this porch is to be a 3-season space. We aren't sure exactly what we're going to do with it yet and we may only be able to afford bean bag furniture for several years to come, but boy that tile sure is pretty, huh?
It's hard to tell by this photo, but the coolest part? The floor surface is actually level. BOOYA!.
I'm planning to save the before and after shots until everything is completely done (which won't be until Spring now, because it's too cold to paint the exterior of the house), but here's a shot of the old porch, from a sort of similar angle, and the slant is only slightly exaggerated.
There's a reason Cole's bike was leaning that far over. Apparently the wood that was supporting our porch was pretty much rotting out. And all those lovely windows you see? Only a few of them opened anymore without extreme brute force.
The back room is still covered in plastic.
I'm thinking it will be for at least another two or three weeks.
Here is a shot of the matching tile in our new back entryway.
And here's what I etched in the mud before they laid the tile down.
What? How'd these get in here?
If you're wondering how banana sex muffins fit in to a renovation project, I'll just say this: contractors working outside in sub-20 degree weather appreciate a warm snack.