My name is Phil R. I'm 62 years old and retired."Retired" is another way of saying we've got a lot of time on our hands and little money.
My wife Aven and I spent the last 469 days building our new 2350 square foot home ourselves (literally) to reduce the cost per square foot with "sweat equity" AKA "cheap labor". Our project was finally completed when we added our SunPorch.
I decided to document the adventure for posterity.
2.00 Unload 18 wheeler at roadside
2.00 Inventory-match contents to bill of lading
2.00 Sort and arrange parts for assembly
2.00 Square and install base channel
1.50 Install rafter and header brackets
1.00 Square header and vertical tubes
2.50 Install frame assembly
0.75 Install top mullions
2.00 Install rafter caps
0.75 Install eave mullions
5.00 Install vents and taping
3.50 Gasketing roof & Battens
6.50 Install roof panels
0.50 G1M Fillers
2.50 Install door
8.75 Install Windows and trapezoids
10.00 Install Skylight/wall shades
52.25 TOTAL hours
There's one more picture for our story 3 years later. Our SunPorch survived Hurricane Irene, in fact, we sat out in the SunPorch for most of the hurricane which went on for two full moon high tides. SunPorch didn't leak a drop and although the wind flexed the Duraplex windows in the gusts over 100MPH, she held together with no damage. We were amazed!
Closer to the ground, not so lucky -the water was 3' over the 100 year flood mark and our Roadtrek RV AKA "Mutt-Mobile" went for a swim up to her dashboard along with our old 380SL Mercedes, PT Cruiser, Chevy Pickup, Lumina Van, and our new Kubota tractor.
The picture shows the SunPorch and the spot where our pool used to be...
Phil & Aven R., North Carolina
Sept 3, 2011
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