Seeking carpenter

Hey neighbours! Do you know any good local carpenters who would like to help us make our back porch look like this?

You see, I’m teaching an evening class as well as a morning class now, Leanne is working as hard as ever saving the world, the kids are being, you know, kids and the City of Maple Ridge would like us to hurry up. I’m worried that I’m getting used to living on a construction site and maybe we’ll never get done.

Yes, as fulfilling as it is to figure out how to recreate heritage detailing on the exterior of a 1923 craftsman-style cottage, and as much money as we save, it is slow going!

I have been plodding along with the front porch stairs, columns, belly-boards and shingles, but I think we may be able to afford to hire someone to help us get the back porch right

As you can see from Annabel the Architect‘s drawings, there will a rain cistern under the back porch. I’ve already placed it there on a concrete slab and our neighbour, Ron, helped build a cinderblock wall around it. He embedded a couple of steel saddles to attach the landing posts to. It looks like this now:

The railings, posts and corner column will be the same as the front porch, so there won’t be any guess work. I can handle putting up shingles, but it’s the structural stuff that makes me nervous.

Please write a comment if you are interested in helping. Thank you very much!


PS: as for the surface of the back porch, I’ve heard good things about Sundecks Unlimited. Has anyone had a good experience with them? Any other companies you’d recommend?

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James Rowley

James lives in Maple Ridge, BC, Canada with his amazing partner, Leanne Koehn, and their two amazing kids in their beautiful house. He studied Science and English Literature at the University of British Columbia where he met Leanne. He also studied acting for a while at Studio 58 in Vancouver. He works as a teacher of English and curriculum writer for new Canadians.

2 thoughts on “Seeking carpenter”

  1. James. I think I can help… but in a bit of a different way.
    Could you please give me a call, 604-788-0306.
    Ken – Disney

    1. Thanks Ken, it was great to meet you yesterday. You helped us see a way through to the fast-approaching day when the house will be beautiful again!

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