Friday, June 29, 2012

The trouble with the porch

So, we were having a large screened-in porch added to the back of out house.

notice - the operative word "were"

Ya see.... the city granted us approval to build this porch, as well as our HOA. And lo and behold, as the contractor started his work - we heard rumblings in the neighborhood over a different neighbor having to remove her porch some years ago, as it encroached on the easement that is in the back of our yards. (There are some power lines running over our back yards on this side of the street)

So after numerous calls, and many wrong answers, I finally got the definitive answer yesterday afternoon giving me the exact measurements of what we need to steer clear of.

So, this large screened porch addition is nothing more than a dream.

I then decided to take charge of the situation and not feel so sorry for myself. I got online and searched for narrow porch ideas. I came upon this beautiful porch on

I created an account there to ask the width of this porch, and I was so so impressed. I received a more than thorough answer from the interior designer whose picture this was. Turns out - this porch is actually even a little narrower than the space we have to work with, but it really put my worried mind at ease, that this small of a porch can still be so inviting.

And we won't lose as much yard with this porch design, which will make Jack happy for he sure does love to run.


Abby said...

Well poo poo on the rules!! But at least you get a porch that you'll be satisfied with. I've always wanted a screened porch of my very own. Someday....

Until then I'll just have to live vicariously through you. :0)

Alicia said...

I am so bummed to hear you can't have exactly what you want, but I can say that a narrow porch is a wonderful addition to a home. I was just out sitting on mine this afternoon. Just to sit. No other reason.

I LOVE that picture. It is so very inviting. I can't wait to see how yours looks in the end.

I'm sending you lots of cheesy high fives for not feeling sorry for yourself and taking action instead. Hell yes.

Anonymous said...

Awh, sorry to hear your original wish won't come true, but looks like you're going to get a lovely one anyway!