Updating porch column

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I have several questions about how I should approach this, so I hope you'll all be able to give me some guidance.Materials The first concern is what to actually replace the posts with.So imagine how disheartened I was this morning to go out to the back patio (where I generally do my painting) and see this… That’s a rain-soaked patio with about a quarter inch of water standing in the recessed panels of all of the cabinet doors and drawer fronts. Yes…the drawer fronts that I used MDF on as the backing. First thing in the morning, I always ask Matt what the weather is going to be like that day, and if any rain is forecast. That would create a little bump out where I could put a fireplace and a seating area.

For lack of a better way to describe them, they're very 60's-tastic.

But, slowly we have been making progress on a few key items on that list and our latest project has both Joel and I feeling like we are seriously transforming this old house into something we think is awesome. We’re definitely still at that awkward “the progress isn’t always pretty” stage on the exterior of the house.

But updating those posts were el numero uno on our priority list for transforming the look of our house so we feel we’ve earned a big ol’ badge of productivity …

Bob tours the exterior of the farmhouse project in Quechee, VT, where windows have been installed, Weyerhaeuser siding has gone up, and the roof framing has been finished. Installation of the home's standing seam metal roof is also underway.

Pat Cloutier (from Cloutier Construction) is on-site putting down some Georgia-Pacific redwood decking.

The wooded New England setting, with quaint towns and covered bridges, provides the perfect backdrop for building a traditional Vermont-style farmhouse.

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