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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Metamorphosis Monday -- Evolution of my Porch

This is my christening post for my new blog, Spend-A-Buck Farm which is an off-shoot to my food blog Big Black Dog! I will still be keeping Big Black Dog up-to-date with mouth-watering recipes so if you're a little hungry, come on over! All my blogs are now linked and just a click away in the navigation bar located right below the header picture.

This is my first summer in over three years that we have not been under construction on our house and I've taken full advantage of it. For Metamorphosis Monday I thought you might enjoy seeing the Evolution of our wrap-around porch.

Just showing a series of photos puts the construction in warp speed but if you look closely you can see the carpenters change from summer t-shirts and shorts to sweatshirts and jackets. And the sky changes from a gorgeous summer blue to a winter gray.

First is always the demolition which is loud, dirty and very messy. In this case, I was so happy to see our original and totally useless concrete porch destroyed. Sometimes demolition can be fun!

Excavation '06

Then we went through about three months of construction on the house with rough framing of the addition, raising the roof and building the three bays.

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I believe this is late November '06 and rough framing is just beginning on the porch.


Rough construction of the porch is now complete.

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And here the porch roof is completely shingled and ready for winter.

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In the meantime our General Contractor had disappeared and I took over GC'ing the entire project in January '07. In '07 we installed exterior siding and almost finished the interior of the house.

Now fast forward to Jun '08, notice my carpenter, Steve, is in summer garb of shorts and t-shirt. And finally the porch decking is being installed!


By August '08, the skirting is finished and our porch railing is being installed!


Late October '08, the brackets and rails have been installed and the porch is complete!


It's now June '09 and I can finally enjoy my porch!

Because our porch wraps around 3/4's of the house, I have three separate sitting areas and all have slightly different views of our property. And the porch varies in width from 8 1/2' wide to 5' wide.

Here's the North Porch which faces the forest preserve. The rockers were purchased at Lowe's for $88 each! And they are the nicest exterior rockers I found and believe me I've looked everywhere! The rockers have a very nice exterior finish and they're so sturdy. There's nothing rickety about these rockers and they're very comfortable even without cushions!

North Porch

Of course Marcus enjoys relaxing and keeping watch on the porch rail!


The near West Porch and my bistro table and chairs. This is where I enjoy my morning coffee and afternoon lattes! The table was purchased at TJMaxx, on sale, for $29.95. I bought the chairs at Homegoods for $39 each. The 2 blue-checked cushions I picked up at a flea market for $5. The exterior rug is from Lowe's.

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The far West Porch with a glimpse of our red horse barn in the background. This is my afternoon napping area. I did splurge a bit with the Lloyd Flanders exterior couch but it was on sale at a fabulous price. Then I found the wonderful weathered rocker that someone put out for the trash! The end table I made from a large Haeger Pottery floor urn and round piece of thick glass that I rescued from a broken interior end table.


And Tinkerbelle enjoys her quiet time on the porch too!


I hope you enjoyed a portion of our construction journey for our new home at Spend-A-Buck Farm!


I had a great time giving an interview with "Front Porch Ideas and More, on the construction and transformation of my porch, Michelle's Craftsman Farm House. If you have a minute it's a fun read.

Metamorphosis Monday is hosted by Susan of Between Naps on the Porch. Please visit Susan's site and you'll find some fabulous ideas freely shared by many gracious and highly creative people.

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Blue Creek Home said...

Your house has gone through a lot of transformations. It just kept getting better and your finished porch has completed the look. It is lovely.

Lori E said...

Okay now I need to post a real comment on how beautiful your home turned out. I will be moving in. Get my room ready.

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Amazing! Your home is beautiful and I love that you captured so many dramatic "before" shots!

Tracy said...

WOW!!! What a great house!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Oh Michelle...I LOVE seeing your porch. I'd spend the whole day out there walking from one end to the other, trying out ALL the seating areas. Then I'd start all over and do it again! :-) I can just see lazy afternoons, reading a great book with a kitty in my lap! Great Met Monday neat seeing the different stages!

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Michelle, you have a beautiful place! LOVE that big porch. It's gorgeous.

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Great post! Your home is lovely and that porch is faublous!

Thaanks for sharing!


marty39 said...

I just love your home, and the porch is fabulous. I would love to have a big huge porch and lovely big lawn to just sit and look at. That would be a dream. Hugs, Marty

Mrs. C said...! That is my dream porch!

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

ahhh i see -- a small house you have :)

I have always been such a lover of wrap around porches. I really think your variety of the 3 areas are such fun

TTFN~~Claudia ♥

Ashley @ AshleysBusy said...

Holy Moly, your home is absolutely gorgeous. I love those old farmhouses with wraparound porches, they've always been a favorite of mine. Yours turned out great. I only have a south porch, lol. :)

Kammy said...

Wow Michelle !
Your home is my dream home - I is jealous !!! LOL ! I wanna see more, so I will follow you here at Spend a Buck...or two or three...Hee hee
Hugs ~ Kammy

A Hint of Home said...

And what a beautiful porch you have. Your home is lovely and the renovation is amazing! Beautiful place to sit and enjoy your lovely grounds.

Brenda said...

This is just phenomenal! Your house looks huge. Oh, my heart goes pitter-patter for all that gorgeous porch space! I love the couch you splurged on. I need something like it for my new deck addition. Oh, and a view of a barn. I have "barn love," you see! I just love this and am now a follower! I shall return!

Frugal Fine Living said...

Wow! Now that's a metamorphosis! Your home is amazing! I look forward to following your new blog in the coming days.


Sue said...

Gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing. The best part about these hosted blog parties is discovering new blogs!

Lamp Tramp said...

What a beautiful transformation! I'm in love! Are you in Barrington or Great Barrington IL, or is ther a diffeerence. My SIL and family live in Lake Zurich.

Lamp Tramp said...

What a beautiful transformation! I'm in love! Are you in Barrington or Great Barrington IL, or is ther a diffeerence. My SIL and family live in Lake Zurich.

Beth said...

That is quite the metamorphosis! Absolutely beautiful. Your porch looks delightful and the kitties add to the charm.

Lynn said...

I love your porch and your whole house.
It looks like it should be in a movie!

Megan Lee said...

Wow, your porch is to die for. I'm sure it was worth the wait.

Aimee said...

I am so jealous of your porch. I have always dreamed of having a wrap around porch. Your home is GORGEOUS!!!
It's funny I saw this post today, I just put up a post on my Blog of our interior renovation.

Your's is fabulous. Really beautiful!!! Congratulations.

Have a great week and stop by and visit my Blog and say hi if you get a chance,

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

What a beautiful home and porch. If I had a porch like this, I would think I had died and gone to heaven! Thanks for sharing. :)

Cheryl B. said...

your site started down loading and I started drooling!!! ;-p I shall be joining Lori E. in moving in - while I'm not good at doing windows, I do do dishes o:-p The house itself, the ab-so-lute-ly wonderful porch, the barn, all of it being in the country . . . bliss!! So glad I stopped by!

nannykim said...

What a dramatic change!! I love it--so homey!

Andrea said...

Your house is inspiring! I've always dreamed of having a house with a big wrap around porch. You've done some beautiful work on the house.

The DIY Show Off said...

Your porch is a dream! What an amazing transformation!


Hélène Glehen said...

My God,
You must be rich for having this kind of house ! A dream house, I will call it.