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