In this picture, you see Oliver's back porch on the left and the door on the right is the basement entry. And I should point out, it's the only entry to the basement.
The basement entry is original to the house but the back porch was added on sometime over the past 100 years. Whoever added the back porch made a big mistake, they didn't change the orientation of the roof over the basement entry. The result being the water runs off the roof right into the wall of the back porch. This is a recipe for rot.
And rot we have. Lots and lots of rotten boards. My task is to rip out all the rot and rebuild. Part of the back porch will need to be rebuilt and most of the basement entry, including a new roof with proper orientation.
I've never done remodeling work to this scale, but thankfully I have an eager assistant, who's not afraid to get his paws dirty.
Oliver's always willing to lend a helping paw.
Every house project I work on these days usually involves improving the lives of the cats, and I'm pretty sure this one won't be any different. I've got some grand plans of how to better Oliver's back porch, which will include some built-in heated and insulated cozy kitty space.
Pierre and MK have a snuggle in the Lounge Hall