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Old 08-16-2011, 08:24 PM   #106
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I scrolled back through to the beginning. I barely remembered saying that it was a shame to close in that porch. I have to admit I was skeptical that such an enclosure could do anything but detract from the architecture of an older home but that does look nice. You're current enclosure looks at least ten times better than your original attempt. The screen will keep insects off your front porch and it looks like it may even give you a little privacy from nosey neighbors. Nice job! Time to finish up and start enjoying.

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taking a break for a few days from the porch to paint the kitchen and back play room.
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Old 10-08-2011, 09:40 AM   #108
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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.
Hi Jim I understand you point of view but would like to add some insight. I also live in an 80 year old home, built in 1939, which is choc full of character. It has front and rear porches like the one being enclosed. The problem we have to endure on a daily basis is someone had the bright idea to build a Mall about 1.5 miles west of us and our once quiet country road is now a major highway. My living room, where we spend most of our time, is directly behind the front porch. Even though we have installed state of the art vinyl, double glazed windows the traffic noise is continuous and extremely annoying. Enclosing the porch is an effective and economical way to allow us to continue to live here and enjoy our historic home.
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Joe! I love it - it looks great and inviting. At my house - I wish I had one so I could enjoy the snow or storms without being in it! Sometimes summer is the only time that you can use an open porch. I love your door - that's classy.

You sound like how I am sometimes: If I have to go back and redo something I try to do it when hubby's not home - like when I changed the paint color in the kitchen or added in more joists to the deck because I worried that I spaced them too far apart.
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Old 10-14-2011, 06:43 PM   #110
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Thanks for the kind words
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Old 02-28-2012, 06:57 PM   #111
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for a variety of reasons, I've had to wait a while to get back to work on the inside of the porch.

the issue I am wondering about has to do with the hardware for my screen door.



When I bought the door, I picked up this piece.





I'll have to make some space for the door latch.

Practiced creating the space with a piece of scrap and I my router. I can do it better, but it doesn't seem like it is going to be a problem.



Curious if this is the type of hardware you would use for a porch door.

As always, thanks for taking a look.

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as I get some extra cash, where I will be working

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some Spring pics...

i should know this, but are these rhododendrons?








Still have a bunch of work to do to make the landscaping look better. And I also have some finishing work to do on the inside of the screened porch. I chip away at it here and there. Money is tight right now, espcially with a trip to Disney on the horizon. I lost the vote on that 3-1

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Updated Interior Pics

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Though finished, one of the big issues I am going to face is going to be maintaining the screens, especially since, as the project progressed, I ended up improvising a bit, not liking the way the ScreenTight kit looked.

The picture below shows that in order to replace the screen I am going to have to remove some of the molding, which is doable but more hassle than I would prefer. I am considering building screens that I can easily remove to repair, tighten when necessary. These screens are large, so that may be a factor. They are roughly 5' X 4 ', or something close to that.


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this is just an idea.. but you could use magnetic tape around the screen window frame (sticky on one side, magnetic on the other). on the window frame you install some flat stock 1/16" thick steel to give the magnet something to grab on to. then you just lift the screen into place and SNAP it is held there. easy to remove at any time.

ps. i think your portch looks fantastic!
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On screens that size you may want to consider adding chicken wire. I worked this out after my dog kept shoving her paw through the screens! Remove the screens and staple up chicken wire first, then overlay the screens on top of the chicken wire. You can't really see the chicken wire from a distance, only when you get up close, but it adds a lot of strength and cuts the maintenance down quite a bit on the screens.
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thanks for taking a look and giving me some tips! Always appreciate it.

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