The New Front Porch...

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Project by jcees posted 02-06-2008 03:45 AM 3382 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I completed this just over a year ago. It’s weathering in fine. The deck/floor is made of ipe decking and was put down five (5) years prior and shows no signs of wear other than a slight graying which I’m kinda partial to. The missus power washes it and makes me teak oil it once a year to, “make it pretty”. It’s a small price for peace.

The structural parts are SYP (southern yellow pine), some PT (pressure treated). The door was a steal from a closeout sale along with the turned spindles. I paid a buck a piece for them. The door is solid 1-1/2” oak with leaded glass behind shatterproof glass, Baldwin solid brass lockset and four forged brass hinges with decorative finials from Renovator’s Supply. The pediment is Douglas fir atop more SYP and stock reed/flute moldings trimmed to fit. The ceiling is SYP T&G mitered for the diamond effect. The moldings for the light fixture I had to make as I couldn’t find roman ogee in the right size. So yeah, I can make moldings when I have to… nya!

The cedar shakes have also held up well as they are as old as the decking. The railings, posts, arches, window treatments, plant boxes, front door architrave, ceiling and even the light fixture were designed, fabricated and installed by moi. I also designed a post mailbox to match the details of the porch using the same materials, proportions, blah, blah, blah… you get the picture.

The part I’m most fond of in this project are the pyramidal post caps. They’re made up of four pieces so as not to expose any end grain to the elements. I’m also a bit partial to the pierced panels flanking the step. I didn’t have enough spindles so I came up with a pattern that mirrored the shape of the turned spindles in the negative. Voila.

Also, as a green bonus, the column capitals have become daytime hideaways for tree frogs. The posts are clad so there is a little airspace, just enough for the frogs to retreat into. They’re welcome friends as they will just about eat their weight in bugs every night. I know this because you should see the size of their middens.

The door, architrave and window treatments are finished with tinted glossy spar varnish. The shakes, columns, arches, window boxes and handrails are coated with outdoor oil based semi-transparent stain.

Getting this one done and off the list was a proud day but a short one as the missus now thinks I can do anything. Oh well, it’s a small price for peace.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#1 posted 02-06-2008 03:48 AM

Great looking porch. A nice job. I would guess the little misses would be statisfied.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 02-06-2008 04:41 AM

Excellent looking porch! Great job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 02-06-2008 05:34 AM

Fantsatic! What a smal price we pay for that peace! A fine job of craftsmanship!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#4 posted 02-06-2008 11:33 AM

Looks mighty inviting to set a spell.

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Bob #2

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#5 posted 02-06-2008 02:52 PM

I love your color choice for your place . It’s what I would call a brave choice.
The porch came out peachy.
I could see many an evening out there .


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#6 posted 02-06-2008 02:58 PM

J.C. you should be proud that porch is amazing. And that door….you lucky dog, what a find that was. Love that ceiling, the T&G is beautiful. Very, very impressive work.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#7 posted 02-06-2008 03:39 PM

Thanks all, it was a labor of love… and anguish… and frustration… and more wood… and… Oh did I mention that I had to build the major arch twice? Yepper, the first one was all Western Red cedar and a wood boring bee decided to make it his home. So the one’s that up now is totally SYP. The littler buggers have a much harder time with the resinous winter growth rings so they’ve left it alone. That and there’s a standing kill order around my house now for them bums.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#8 posted 02-07-2008 01:06 AM

Great porch and beautiful home. I am over here in Haines City. Glad to know another ‘jock in the area.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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Scott Bryan

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#9 posted 02-07-2008 04:44 AM

Great looking porch. As long as you keep her happy I am sure that she will not object to you spending time in the shop. As far as her opinion of you goes I am sure that you can do anything you set your mind to. This was not an easy project to complete.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#10 posted 02-09-2008 07:30 PM

Absolutely beautiful porch and its nice to see another Floridian on here. Just curious as to whether you have problems with your ceiling getting mildew on it? We tried to use stained wood on our front porch for railings and it mildewed quickly. We also have painted beadboard on the ceiling of the back and front porch and they both mildew as well.

-- Betsy, Melbourne, Florida, USA

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#11 posted 02-10-2008 05:44 AM

Backyarder1, the ceiling is aging beautifully. I used a clear semi gloss poly full strength on the bare beadboard. The SYP is gaining the natural amber glow that comes only with age. I did have a problem with the red semi-transparent stain on the cedar after the first season. I found out that the oil in oil based outdoor stains is mainly linseed. In other words food for mildew! The missus busted out the power washer and I scrubbed the whole shebang with TSP and waited a week for everything to dry out before recoating, this time with a mildewcide additive that you can pick up from the paint store. A half pint of the stuff will last a homeowner for years. Since then it hasn’t come back in over two years of service. I mix it with the paint I use in the bathrooms too.

The wet summers here are perfect conditions for mold and mildew. It’s just another chore and a pittance we pay for living in paradise. I plan on building an 8’ privacy fence and using the same stain plus the mildewcide. There might be some empirical evidence that differs but I like the oil based stains more than latex varieties. Latex paints and stains are porous and can’t be as protective in the long run and besides, they eventually chalk. Yuck. When the oil based gets a little dull it’s easy to renew with a new coat, after washing of course.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#12 posted 03-19-2008 02:27 PM

great looking porch ! i do a lot of ceilings like yours i like the layout

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#13 posted 08-04-2008 11:35 PM

Excellent looking porch! Great job.

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#14 posted 12-13-2008 05:36 AM

Great porch. Mighty fine lookin’ entrance to set a spell.

-- Gary, Florida

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#15 posted 01-09-2010 02:59 AM

Wow, that is nice!

-- Janice

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