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mirandabouck
Help for our enclosed porch
mirandabouck

Hello everyone, my husband and I purchased our beloved 1907 Victorian last July and we are so excited to finally have a full year of home improvement time to work on the home.
On the roster this year:

  • Repairing rotted box gutters on northwest corner, southeast corner, north side
  • Repair & repaint rotted window sashes on west side of home
  • Lawn care, so much needs to be done in this area

If we are lucky to find a contractor, a good one in the area, we are hoping to stabilize the enclosed porches. They were added on shortly after the house was built (we're thinking 1910s/1920s) and are not sure how strong the attachment is. The windows are all crazy sizes, obviously retrofit for the slope in the floor/ceiling from it being added and are absolutely not square. (I'm talking some rails start out as 2.5" tall on one end and ending at 1.25" on the other, super crazy.)

These windows bring in tremendous amounts of water and we are hoping we can figure out how to stop the water from coming in. I'm sure the water has been doing this for quite some time. We haven't ripped up the carpet in either enclosed porch yet (really low pile stuff) to assess the floor/ceiling, and are really unsure what we could do to combat the situation. Stabilization isn't in the cards this year because we know that will be $$$ and will need to save a little longer.

Currently the windows have what we believe their original screens locked in and painted over on them. There are no original glass pane storms to be found.

There are more photos in the Enclosed Porch album in my profile on myoldhouse. You can also see more photos of the whole house there too.

Any ideas on fixes or where we should start?

Thank you in advance for your help!

Jack
Re: Help for our enclosed porch
Jack

First let me say that you have a beautiful home but a piece of crap built on on the back. The windows look like home made units kluged together from scrap wood. Personally I would consider a complete tear off of the enclosure and start over.

Jack

dj1
Re: Help for our enclosed porch
dj1

Quote: " I'm sure the water has been doing this for quite some time. "

If you suspect that, then there is no fix. Just remove the existing porch and build a new one, paying close attention to where it meets the bldg.

function
Re: Help for our enclosed porch
function

What JLMcDaniel said. That house is fantastic and in no way will that enclosed 2-store sun room do it justice without a total rebuild and reface. Also, don't leave your doors unlocked or I will repurpose your staircase to my house, the woodwork is beautiful.

mirandabouck
Re: Help for our enclosed porch
mirandabouck

I appreciate the feedback guys. I realize that in the end a rebuild is likely necessary, but as we all know,that is some $$$$$$ which is something, at the moment, we do not have enough to allocate towards. This year we're working on box gutters and rotted exterior window sills around various areas of the house, but will be moving into different areas as time permits.

I'm sure the whole lot of you can appreciate the difficulty that comes with finding a capable, available, and respectful contractor who would work on a home as old as this. We finally found someone today (hopefully!) who will be able to help us with gutters and sills. It's our hope they will do a fantastic job and we can work with them as we continue to renovate the house. Fingers crossed :)

function wrote:

What JLMcDaniel said. That house is fantastic and in no way will that enclosed 2-store sun room do it justice without a total rebuild and reface. Also, don't leave your doors unlocked or I will repurpose your staircase to my house, the woodwork is beautiful.

Haha, thank you. The intact original woodwork was one of the biggest reasons we chose this home.

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