The Carriage House was the location of the former veterinary office and kennels, with an apartment for a tenant upstairs. You'll have seen the posts on the restoration of the apartment, and there will be future posts on the transformation of the downstairs area into workshop/retreat space later, but there was more to do outside. We had promised our new tenant a new carport asap, as the old one was, well, past its prime. (I say that with my tongue in my cheek). Here are some "before" photos:
In the summer of 2019 we hired a carpenter to frame out a new carport. Again with the "as long as we are doing this" logic, we added an upper deck. Someday we might want to retire just to the apartment-who knows. Anyway, he was so amenable to our crazy idea that he would frame and we would finish. In all our spare time. And because there are never photos of me, because I may in fact be the only one who considers taking them, here are two for good measure. This was a LOT of decking, but good practice for the porches and deck on the house.
Here are photos once the roof was up and we did the railings. Gratuitous pic of Nate, there, hanging out on a ladder-not his favorite.
Winter beat us, though we did get risers and railings on the stairs, which, by the way, we are NEVER doing again. Way too much geometry, offset by funky quirks of landscape and construction. We had the electricians out to move the porch light and add a couple of outlets and a floodlight, but there is more to do this spring and summer, including finishing the tenant's entryway and recladding the siding-you can see some of that current ugliness above. The entryway is currently functional, but, er, aesthetically challenged, as you can see. There is also quite a bit of trim work I would like to do on the deck and posts, to dress it up a little.
Gratuitous distance shot, through a black walnut:
Updates as we do more...
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