This is what the house looks like with the old front porch torn off. Pretty scary huh? You can see where they enclosed a window. I would like to add a window back in- I love the light. When I walk into the front room I keep thinking the front door is open, because it is so much brighter! We poured the foundation for the porch about 4 years ago, and have just been waiting until we could do the roof and the porch.. The wait is over! Jim started framing up the porch last week. Our neighbor Brad helped get it level, and work out the funny angles- Thanks, Brad!. Here is what it looks like now.
We found a picture of the house when it was built in 1904, and it had a small front porch. It isn't a great copy, but look close..I like the fancy trim work and the little pointy things on the peaks of the roof. I think it would be fun to reproduce the eave and roof things. (what are the roof things?) This picture came from the history of Smithfield book. We are going to wrap the porch clear around to the back door. See how the roof is flat by the chimney? anyone have any ideas how/ what, we could do there to make it not be flat?? That is the spot where the roof leaks. I wanted a cupola with a weather vane, but that may look funny... Any way, I am excited to see it done, I think it will make the house look really cute!