Man in front of new wooden porch

Everybody, meet Sponge Bob. My first home. For $85,000 he was a great buy. Don’t ask me to add up all the receipts for home improvement.

in process new porch

When I said, “I rebuilt the front porch”, I mean I rebuilt the front porch. I had to. The roof line smiled at visitors as they pulled into the driveway. The floor joist framing said goodbye to the house decades earlier and was only attached by the corner posts that were themselves a few bubbles off plumb.

Side view of a new porch

I have to give my brother Doug credit for the wrap around stairs. Of course, he didn’t stick around to help build them but the idea was genius. At this stage the green treated framing is squared up. It’s hard to notice but I took tan extra step with a double outside rim joist to hide the floor board end cuts. It’s a sharp look

The corner posts are wrapped and trimmed with select pine 2×1’s, the wrap around stairs are complete, and the knee walls are finished with 3 inch cedar lap siding to match the original siding to the house.

Door and house siding of sponge bob house

Something I should draw your attention to is the challenge of refurbishing the original lap siding. This was not easy but worth every ounce of effort. After stripping the paint and sanding and sanding some more, I used Durham’s water putty to fill the gaps, cracks, and imperfections then sanded and sanded some more before an oil based primer (necessary for coating water putty) and the final coat of paint. I’m super proud of the results and will update a How-To article in the near future.

Finished porch of sponge bob house

Here is a pic with the cedar walls stained with unfinished green treated floor and stairs. The fear is a color difference when you mix materials like this. I made sure to sand down the green treat with a belt sander prior to staining and I can tell you the difference in final color was minimal.

Goodbye sponge bob house

The final product. Good-bye smiling Sponge Bob. Hello, curb appeal.