This old porch we have in the back of the house has been a problem since we bought the house. It’s been used for storage and not much else, mainly because it wasn’t heated, and the windows were one good hurricane away from falling in. It wasn’t until we decided to have a baby that we knew something needed to be done. We wanted an additional bathroom and this seemed like the most reasonable solution, but converting it into a stand alone bathroom meant that we’d lose an entrance into the house and we didn’t want that. So one day I was staring on the washing machine waiting for a spin cycle to finish and I had a flash of genius. Why not move the entrance to the porch from the kitchen to the dining room, and create a mudroom? Difficult to picture? Here is what I am thinking.
So from the picture above, you can see what the finished project will look like (kind of). The current setup had the entryway to the porch where you see the black fridge on the left hand side. We are going to move it to to the dining room on the right. From the deck we’ll be able to enter into what will become a mudroom, and then on into the dining room. We’ll use the back space of the new addition for a 3/4 bath. Curently our washer and dryer sit where the entryway will go into the mudroom. It sucks doing laundry in the dining room, and even when they are stacked they take up alot of room. Remember the progress I made on my laundry closet? Yup, I’m going to rip it down.
So once we had the sketch down (ipad app called Home Design if you’re wondering. It wasn’t free, but it was worth the money), we got references for a contractor and made the first step. The plan is to have the contractor finish everything outside, and we’ll handle all the finish work in the bathroom. He’ll also do the rough plumbing as well. We are making the push to have it built before baby arrives in August, and so far progress has been great. The foundation subcontractor bumped his schedule up, so the “tear it down… oh noooo!” happened much sooner then expected. (I was told I needed to reference my blog title as Bel Biv Devoe, apparently not as popular as I thought). I started by stripping the room, since clean shingle debris is much cheaper to dispose of then regular construction demo. The next step was to start tearing it down from the top down. I removed the roof first and worked my way across the front side, removing anything that wasn’t holding the structure up.
My father in law brought over his tractor, and with the combination of a circular saw and sawzall we made quick progress. We made the right cuts, and everything fell into place.
The picture above shows where the current entry door is. We’ll move it way over to the left next to the window you see. The finished structure will roughly be the same size.
Removing the floor was a pain. We cut it into 3 pieces to save time, and the tractor did all the hard work.
After several trips to the dump, the final task was to move the deck. We were told it didn’t need to be taken apart, just moved to the other side of the yard. I don’t have any pictures of the actual moving, because to be honest it happened pretty quickly. But here is what it looked like after everything was demo’d. We left a few scraggling pieces near the roof, but I expected to get those later. it wasn’t going to slow the foundation crew any.
A few days later the crew arrived and destroyed the backyard. All in the name of progress!
Can you dig it?
Here is what has been done so far with the foundation. Just a footer, with walls to come this week if the weather cooperates.
And there you have it! Not bad for a 3 days work, eh? More progress on this later, as well as the updates on the baby room.