Fast forward nearly a decade from the day the deed changed hands. Now married and well ensconced, we often forget how rough those first months were. Naturally, there are things we'd change, like rebuilding the porch with mahogany instead of pressure-treated fir. But enough time has passed that we're hankering for another big project. I know there's another renovation in us. Please just let any future house be one that isn't condemned.
Shown: Chris and Merle, with their new back porch, deck, and landscaped yard. Some of the front- and back-porch brackets were found inside the house, and Chris made others to match.