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Hey readers!

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer. We sure are: Nobody ever accused this group of not knowing how to have a good time!!

Anyway, we’re just decking checking back in with you to update you on the finished porch! Here’s the new rail system, platform and steps:

The new metal, glass and rail system:

And finally, the view from the top:

Bring on the Labor Day parties! We think we hear an ice cold brewski calling our name…

We’re out!


Hey readers! Hopefully everyone is enjoying the steamy weather we’ve been having in the Chicago ‘burbs. Summer is officially here and that only means one thing: deck season!

We’re working on a deck that had seen some better days. Here’s some before pictures:

You can get a good idea of the deterioration from this picture:

One big problem with the deck was that the posts were not sealed well, and you can see in this picture that water had gotten in near the posts and it cracked once it froze in the winter.

The original wood was cedar, which had become a maintenance problem since it would no longer hold paint.

Now here are some pictures of our progress! Here is the new deck, made with a composite (PVC) decking material called Timbertech. The color is consistent through to the core of the material, so it should only require an occasional scrubbing to keep looking new! (Color is Sandbridge, if you care)

And the new stairs in progress:

The new landing:

The new railing system being installed:

And now the railings are almost done!

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer on their own sturdy, low maintenance deck! (If not, call us and we’ll hook ya up)

Hey blog readers!

Just in time for spring – an update on the porch we’ve been telling you about! We really like how it turned out.  Have a look at these interior “after” pictures:

Happy March – bring on spring!

Hey blog readers!

We’re back with more on our minor porch interruption – remember last time we were moving a bay window? Well, here’s the new location:

Enough about the exterior. We’re picking out wood floors for the interior. Here are a few wood samples for consideration:

We love a good thick-planked wood floor!

And just because its so darn cold out, we’ll try to warm you up with a shot of the cozy new fireplace!

We’re warmer already! Happy holidays, everyone!


Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We got a new computer so we’re back up and running.

We’re hard at work on a new porch addition. Here’s the thing: there was a lovely bay window right where we needed to put our new porch. See how lovely?

Our homeowners didn’t want to part with this window, and we wouldn’t either! So part of our work is to move this window to a new location in the house. Its going right here, where the single window is:

We’ve done this plenty of times in our own home. Our neighbors probably remember this fondly. Especially since I recruited them to help me move it. Ah, good times.

Keep it real!

Hi blog readers!

Our all season porch is in fully swing! There’s definitely a joke to be made here about porch swings, but its a gorgeous Friday, so forgive us if we’re less verbose than usual.

Happy Friday!


Forgive us for getting caught up in this gorgeous weather and not posting! We are easily distracted 🙂

A friend sent us some more pictures from our window/porch project. Thanks, Sue!

In other news, we’re working on a new cabinet for our favorite daughter. Stay tuned for a preview!


Hope everyone is enjoying the snowy weather! We’re back with a few pictures of the finished porch project.

We finished installing the new structural posts, so now the porch is finished.

New posts- check out the ceiling!

Here’s the final picture:

done and done!

If you are just tuning in, you can check out the other blog updates on our porch reconstruction project here.

Happy shoveling!

Hope everyone had a great holiday! Just wanted to post a few pictures of a back porch we recently finished.

entrance to the back porch

view from the back yard

entrance from the back yard

Have a great week!


Note: our previously posted porch project is still in progress – we’re installing posts now!


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