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Front Porch Progress ... Slowly but Surely

We have a cover over our porch.

It was quite a chore, but together, Buzz and I managed to get it done.

 Mobile Home Communities
generally have restrictions on what you 
can and can not do,
so we were thrilled when they approved our plans.

Since we had saved most of the metal and lumber 
from our old porch, the expense was minimal.

We may have spent an additional $200.00  
which is pretty amazing since it would have been
about $1200.00 to build one from scratch
(according to community regulations).

The boardwalk was Buzz's idea.
It extends from our carport to the shed
and cost us about $80.00

We purchased recycled lumber from
Habitat for Humanity's Restore Shop
2x4s, 2x6s & 2x8s

The lumber isn't pressure treated, so we've stained it
with an oil base stain & will maintain as needed.

Our porch is 8x16
(the largest we can have here)

With the furniture moving in, 
it feels like we've just added a room to our house.

We've weather proofed the furniture
with exterior paints/stains
and covered the cushions with drop cloth fabric.

How do you like the orange stripes?
(they match our door)

We're trying to get ready for our
Thanksgiving Guests
are feeling
that things are 
coming together.

I'll share more about what we've done on the porch as time goes by.

Thank You for Following Along.


  1. Hi ! I love your porch and it's so cozy!! Xo..

    1. Thank you so much, Deb! I appreciate your comment. xo

  2. Geneva, the porch looks wonderful!!!!

  3. That porch looks GREAT, Geneva! You guys did a fantastic job and you are right- it looks like a whole extra "room". That boardwalk is a great idea, too. I am happy that they let you put it down and it wasn't restricted. Love everything you have done! xo Diana

  4. Your porch beckons - "Come on over and enjoy a cup of coffee!"

  5. Wow, you've done a great job for little money, that's always wonderful.

    Have a lovely Thanksgiving day ~ FlowerLady

  6. Wow it looks great! Having an outdoor room provides so much more space to smaller homes like ours. A very cozy feel!

  7. Your porch looks wonderful, Geneva. I would love a BIG front porch like this. The cover on it looks very nice. I think I could sit out there for a long time just watching the world go by.

    Have a relaxing weekend.

    love, ~Sheri

  8. I love it!
    It looks wonderful.
    You know I envy your downsized lifestyle... seriously, I am constantly looking for a trailor (mobile home) that is budget friendly for us to re-do. I don't think the Honey is on board with any of it. But...debt free and no mortgage would be awesome!
    Do you address this topic much? Do you get emails about your downsizing and debtfree home?
    I wonder if most people that read here realize your's and Buzz's decision to make your home and lifestyle affordable and BEAUTIFUL?!
    You are an inspiration for me!

  9. Your porch seems so cozy. Ours is 100% empty and yours gives me hope. Happy Thanksgiving.

  10. Geneva, I love you porch and the walkway...You did a fabulous job for no more than you spent...amazing. I am going to be following your blog. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  11. The porch looks lovely, Geneva, and I love the way you decorated it.
    Hope you had a wonderful holiday.

  12. Geneva, it looks beautiful..Is your porch roof metal or wood? Would love to do that exact thing with my front. Such an inspiration..You are so gifted!

    1. Hi Connie ... our porch is a combination of wood and metal. The posts/railings/decking are wood but the roof is steel. We are thoroughly enjoying it.


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