Thursday, May 31, 2012


For many years my patio has had cracks—big cracks! Actually, there were a couple of medium-size ones when I bought my home nearly 14 years ago. For some reason, I just didn't notice them until I had actually moved in. I checked into having a new patio years ago, but I couldn't afford it at the time, so I covered it up with outdoor carpeting, which served me well for a number of years.

I decided to finally replace it and add a screened in porch. It won't be a three season porch—those aren't allowed (association rules), but it will be nice to be able to sit outside in the summer and not be bitten by mosquitoes. Both Nels and I are going to enjoy it.

This morning the old patio was removed. I don't know how long it took or how much noise was created, but I'm happy the project has started. Next, footings have to be installed and inspected by the city, then the new cement will be brought in. It has to cure two weeks–staying off of it the first week. Following the two weeks, they will come back to put up the framework. They will be using green treated wood, which has to age for three months, and then they will come back to paint it and finally install the screening. So, come September, I should have a screened in porch with a new, level floor.

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