- Avoid creating the "deathtrap ice stairs", as a dear friend calls them;
- Keep the rain off our heads while fumbling for keys with armloads of groceries; or,
- Keep squirrels from chewing through the jammed-in foam pieces to take up residence in the attic.
See, when we moved in, there was an aluminum storm door (blech) that was cut down to about 5'8" and a board was screwed to the jamb above, because the old overhang didn't allow a full-height door to open. We got rid of that door and replaced it with a wooden one (yard sale) that we also cut down. We installed a rubber stair tread where that board was, because at least it would flap instead of whack Ken in the head.
|This is before. After removing the aluminum door, but before any other work. Yuck, yuck.|
Then the $5 yard sale door disintegrated. And we cut the overhang off. And there everything sat. No opening the back door to get a breeze, or to holler to the other person in the yard about anything, or to let the cats sit and meditate about the back yard.
|During deck-building. Bye, bye, overhang!|
And now we have to fix the auction screen door (it wasn't perfect, you know, but it did come with both a glass pane and a screen pane, and it was once a super-nice door).
Perhaps by the end of the week we can have that summer breeze...
p.s., I just found an old photo of the way, way before - like when we moved in. Geez, that back side of the house was hideous! Some days I can't believe we even bought this place in that condition.