Side Porch Progress

We decided this past winter that we were going to finally build a side porch this summer.  I started dreaming of a hot tub.

Often, my hubby has great plans, but he gets stuck.  Things don’t get done because he over-thinks it to death.  He is paralyzed by perfection.  I think I stole that phrase from Flylady.  Another reason things don’t get done is because this house is not his priority. Tractors are his time-stealing hobby.

We lived in a trailer for 2 years while we saved money & built our house on this property.  The side porch that we have now was the old porch from our trailer.  It was supposed to be temporary.   That was 12 years ago.  lol  It is ugly & falling apart.  (And it won’t hold a hot tub!)

We talked and actually agreed without a big disagreement about how we want it.  Concrete base with a roof.  Not fancy, but big and functional.  He wants it to be a raised porch because “when we are old we won’t want to be fighting the stairs to get out to our porch”.  Awe.  I don’t care if it is raised or if we have to walk down stairs to get to it.  I just want a nice side porch where we can have our hot tub, a grill, a nice big table, etc.  I want our firepit nearby so it can be a great place to get-together with friends…..  I do need a roof or we won’t use it nearly as much cuz we’ll be sweating to death under the sun.  I hate to be hot.

I asked him several weeks if it could be done by the end of June so we could enjoy it all summer.  I wanted to put some sort of timeline out there so it would not just be another project that got put off.  Well it won’t be done by the end of June.  But the first step has been taken.

6/20/11 – He called to get an estimate for the block-laying / cement pouring.  Do not actually have an estimate yet.  But he called them.  Yay.

6/21/11 – Contractor called us and left message to call him back.

6/22/11 – I called them back.  They came to the house and measured & talked to hubby about the project.  Will get back to us with an estimate.

6/28/11 – Still waiting for estimate.  :(

6/29/11 – Got the estimate today.  Umm… will have to let that sink in a while. lol  Of course it is more than we were expecting it to be.  Yikes! Now hubby says if we have to spend this much for just the base, there will be no roof this year.  I really want a roof this year.  I have dreams of relaxing in the hot tub  this winter while it snows all around me.  Around me, not on me!  Ha.  Hopefully we can make it work.

7/15/11 – Still waiting.  We are now waiting for them to give us a start date.  We are on their list.  Getting there I guess??

7/25/1 – I talked to them last week.  They were gonna call us with a start date by Friday.  It’s Monday.  Still no start date.  I think they are stalling because of the heat wave.  Can’t say I blame them for not wanting to work in 100 degree weather but I wish they’d get back to me!

7/29/11 – They started digging!  Yea!  I am so excited.  We had a big ole thunderstorm roll through and they dropped everything and cleared out after only being here about 2 hours…. they’ll be back, right?  RIGHT?

Before Pic:

Before Pic - Side Porch

Continued….Side Porch Update


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rollercoasterider
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 10:53:26

    I see what you mean, that won’t hold a hot tub. We got a hot tub in 2006 and use it daily–we both have bad backs and it was actually a settlement Sweetheart received for his back.
    We bought ours through Costco. The fancy hot tub stores insult Costco hot tubs abd laughed at us one day when we came in to get chemicals. But we paid 4K for a hot tub that would have been 8K from them. Yes, some of the little jet twisty things come out or get loose, but 4K is worth it.

    Good luck and check out Costco. It hink they are using a differnt hot tub manufacturer now and they have the reclining massage type–I’d love one of those.


  2. toughwords
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 18:56:04

    We are actually searching for a used hot tub. I know that grosses some people out. Not me. WeI’ll scrub it with some bleach, set it up and add all those chemicals… I think that would kill any germs. Right?


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