You've probably dreamed about having a "vine covered cottage," but this winter one of my clients took the first step to making it happen: she had me install some good, sturdy lattice.
Here's the "before" picture so you can see where we started.
This home in Montford has a big back porch with white stairs that wind down into the yard. It's beautiful architecture, but the skimpy lattice under the stairs left the "potting shed" area underneath exposed. I installed all new lattice to wrap around the stairs...
...which gives it a much more solid look. She'll still have lattice to support her flowering bushes, but now it also hides the potting bench. This makes a more private shed to putter around in on a Sunday afternoon:
Call the decorating magazines! This place is crying out for a few casually draped gloves and a pot of geraniums.
Decorative touches aside, I also had some more practical work to do: repairing and repainting the porch floor.
(Click any of those pictures to enlarge.)
I make it look easy, but the porch floor repair was actually something of a challenge. The biggest challenge was getting a day that was warm and dry enough to paint the new boards. Fortunately living in Asheville is right next door to living in Paradise, so even in winter there's usually a good day if you time it right.
If you have a porch or railing in need of repair, please give me a call. I really enjoy work like this, so I'd be glad to help.
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