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Old 04-27-2010, 07:40 PM   #31
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I second the poster who said what a shame it is to close in that great front porch. I have seen so much beautiful and historic architecture uglyfied this way. But that indoor living space has become so precious in modern times.

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Old 04-27-2010, 07:40 PM   #32
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How is the water going to escape your screened porch (discussed before)?
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Old 04-27-2010, 08:26 PM   #33
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thanks for the tip on the eye hook....that worked perfectly.

tomorrow i will get the top plate up and add studs to the front section.

i still have to get a door. i am leaning towards a pressure treated door, as opposed to vinyl. is there a reason to go for vinyl?

regarding water, even unscreened we don't get much on the porch. a few neighbors have screened porches and I haven't seen any space left for drainage. I understand the concern but based on how the dry the porch tends to stay normally, I think I will be ok.

although this is my largest DIY job to this point, I am confident/hopeful that even those who seem to be against screening (a lot of neighbors have enclosed their porches completely with vinyl siding/drwall and I think that takes away from the curch appeal) will see that I am not going to do a half as@ job. I am really determined to take my time and do this right. we really don't use this space as is and i guess if we alter the appearance slightly, gaining access to some more "living space" is worth it. this, i guess, is more of a philosophical/aesthetic difference than anything. i respect that. thanks so much for all of your feedback, and I will keep you guys updated

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Old 04-30-2010, 01:29 PM   #34
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an update-

i removed the knee wall i built. i was having a really tough time stick framing. made an attempt at framing a 5' section of the wall on the ground and lifting it in place. this was much easier. i know framing on the ground is easier, but i avoided doing it this way since the porch is somewhat uneven. one mistake i made was building the wall in my driveway and then attempting to move it to the porch, which was obviously a mistake. if i am going to continue framing on the ground i am going to have to do it on the porch which doesn;t give me a lot of room to work.
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feel like i am getting the hang of this. updated pic.


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as of 5/3...still need to finish the top pieces....




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Old 05-12-2010, 08:37 AM   #36
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if you have bugs what a nice place to sit all screened in
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need some help on how to approach the finish work for the interior of my enclosed porch...i need to start by figuring out the best way to fill in/cover the gaps i mentioned previously.

on the outside there is a base and cap that is used to hold the screening



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http://screentight.com/prod-screen-tight.shtml

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almost done...so many hours spent doing this



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I was looking for more pictures
Then I realized I needed to scroll right...fixed that
Looks good !!
I sometimes wish we had a front porch

I don't think I realized that this is a duplex, so only 1/2 is done
Too bad your neighbor didn't want theirs screened
But that would have been a lot more work
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a few more pics in better light
still need to fill in the open corners...and do some caulk/finish work

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all screening installed. trim and caulk work remain. may be staining interior wood.rigid foam and caulk on each corner. may add quarter at gap where caulk and trim are.
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Awfully big gaps around the screen door. You need to install stops to close up the gaps and give something for the door to close against.
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thanks for taking a look.

i know. i removed the stops to install the door latch. how does everything else look?
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I was one on the early on posters who had concerns about changing the look of your house. What I said was:

"IMO you have a beautiful, inviting front entrance area. I think enclosing it without a very serious thought on the style of the architecture will make it look like a wart on a toad's butt. I personally would not change it but if you do, I would consult an architect."

I would like to see a picture from the curb so I can see an overall picture of your project. The work that you have done looks fine but I would have liked to see use of more traditional materials which reflect the period of your home.

Just me maybe but I hate to see vinyl on old houses. Screen tight is an easy product to use but I do not think it adds to the historic look. I would add pickets to the lower section of the screening. It will be a more period look and will add protection from kids and pets.

BTW I do not think your job looks like a wart on a toads butt

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