Porch Talk

 (Exterior) stuff has been getting done around here!  

 We converted our open air porch to a three season porch this weekend.
It is SO much better, and I can't wait for it to warm up and switch out the screens, because I feel like I have finally one up'd the local mosquito population a bit.  The whole triple E and West Nile drama they bring is such a downer, and those pesky little bitches always figured out how to get around my mosquito netting.  

Here is a Before and After Montage for your Monday
(just because I love B/A Montages since they let me see the slow change that has been happening over the past 3 1/2 years and make me feel productive)

2009 when we viewed this beauty to buy, WTF were we thinking?...
 2 1/2 years ago after paint and a landscape/ramp rip up...
yesterday-
please ignore all the crap strewn around the yard- we have no landscape plan yet, so stuff is  everywhere ...                       
And again...
Mosquito Net, pretty but not the most effective...

take that mo-fo-squitos!
The entire process was done using Brosco Combination Storm Doors


We measured the opening of our porch, and figured out how many panels we would need. They come in a few heights and widths, and you can trim them down easily.
We ordered the unprimed pine to save money and painted ourselves.
The openings were framed out...

And the panels went in and get trimmed out and attached...


And then the windows or screens go in. 
The panels we chose came with both since we are in the North East and we want to use this room as year round as humanely possible (space heater required).
Insta-Room! Now I get to decorate.


On other porch fronts, the front porch is done! 
(well almost- trim is not painted and we still need to add the screen door...)
My Dad installed the decking with a very cool product called Tiger Claw Deck Fasteners.
They hold the decking in place and no nails are needed.

You need 2 people for this, and there is a learning curve, 
but the end result are smooth planks and no nail holes.

You take a metal clip and insert it into the rubber holder...

 Line up the clip with the floor joist, and hammer the rubber holder so the clip gets tacked into the outer decking board...
Screw clip into place, and continue adding clips down the rest of the board length...
Lay your next board in front of the last board and using a piece of wood as a buffer, hammer the new board into the clips while making sure to stand on it to keep it flat.
Then repeat the steps by adding clips to the front of the new board.
And boom! No nails!

OK, I am off to get some stuff painted! 
Be back soon with an easy DIY for you all.





17 comments:

Trissta said...

It's all looking SO AMAZING! Lady, you are so talented and lucky to have such wonderful support! I cannot wait to see how much more it transforms!

Much Love,
Trissta

Little Bitty Damn Houze said...

LOVE!!!

Rachael said...

It looks amazing! All of it. You always inspire!!

Kim said...

As a fellow New Englander with a screened porch ... we closed ours in! I miss it, but am so much happier year round. I love that yours has the option to be both. We have to use a space heater as well ... oh well ... do what you have to do!! xo

nouveaustitch.com said...

This is brilliant! Any idea what you might have saved, cost wise?

lonleybkaer said...

Oooh, I love this idea! I have one of those patios--screen only--and would love to do this. Time to call my contractor!

My Interior Life said...

I love it all, especially your minty front door. So pretty. I'm thinking of you and all Bostonians today. Hope you're safe and well.

xo
Kathy

Kara said...

I love this look! We were thinking about opening our porch up but now I'm thinking this might be a better choice....

Can I ask what one panel/door cost?

Danika Herrick said...

Hi Kara,

The door panels we got retail for $440, but we were able to price shop them and get them for about $100 less. They include the glass true divided light panels and screen panels.
Here is a link to their price catalog.. http://www.brosco.com/uploads/Price%20Pages%20and%20Forms/Doors/CDC.pdf

Kara said...

Thanks Danika. I'll check it out and let you know if we decide to do something similar.

SHERRY HART said...

Shut yo mouth with that front door girl....I die.

Michelle Slough said...

I love your porch! can I ask where you bought your front door?

Anonymous said...

Can you tell me the name of the exterior paint color? Love it!

Danika Herrick said...

Thanks, it's Plymouth Rock by Benjamin Moore!

Danika Herrick said...

Hi Michelle,
It's actually our original front door (it was very 1960s with a daisy design carved in the squares). I cut beadboard and attached it in a herringbone patter over it, then I framed it in with molding.

Megan Rose said...

Love the front door! Can you please tell me the name of the paint color?

Danika Herrick said...

Hi Megan! It's Ben Moore's "Palladian Blue"

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