How would I describe the past week at the Glenn House? Unforgettable.
I had Monday, August 6 circled on my calendar for over two months. It was the day the Glenn House would return to its old self. The arches, balustrade, and ball and stick fretwork would finally make a comeback.
To be honest, prior to that Monday, I was not sure how it would all turn out. Could we really have reached this point in the project? After a year and a half of designing, building, and mocking up the front porch, it was time to bring the Glenn House back to life.
That Monday morning, I set up my tripod, GoPro, and phone to capture all the magical moments. Ten hours later, the front porch balustrade and arches were up. Our incredible team spent the entire day installing each piece, measuring every little detail, and soaking up this incredible experience. My mom and brother brought a cooler of drinks and a platter of cookies for the team, and we watched as the Glenn House transformed into the vision we had imagined since the beginning. From our architect to our builder and even passersby, we all took in this magical, unforgettable day.
Here are some of my favorite moments from this week. Next week, I will be diving into the design elements of the porch balustrade and ball and stick fretwork.
Front porch one day before arch installment
A section of the front porch balustrade
One of the front porch arches
Prepping for the first arch! From left to right: Rick (carpenter), Robin (master builder), and Mark
The first arch is installed!
Getting just the right spacing for the ball and stick fretwork
On to the fourth arch (total of eight full arches on the front porch)
Working on the front porch newel posts
Installing the center half arches that frame the front porch steps
And finally, a look at the the new (but old) Glenn House front porch!
View of the wraparound porch with arches and balustrade
A view of my favorite corner on the porch, where two arches meet perfectly
A view from the box head window in the library. We can’t wait for the round stained glass window to return.
We got some help from our drone friend to capture these moments from above
We saved a special place for last.
Yesterday, we installed the tower arch and balustrade. Stay tuned for a look this Monday!
Have a happy weekend.
Wow that is so beautiful. That old girl is so happy you are bringing her back. She feels like a bride in her veils again.
Thank you Ida! We are overjoyed to have reached this point in the project. It was a long time coming!
This is nothing short of magical! Just discovered your blog via instagram. Can’t wait to go back and read from the beginning!
Britton the reveal of porch is simply breathtaking in the attention to detail, craftsmanship and design…awesome job!
Thank you, Barbara! It took a village to get to this point, but it could not have turned out better. We are fortunate to have one of the best teams! Come visit again soon. We have the entire third floor and tower porch awaiting y’all.
Hi Britton and all of the Rogers,
Your house is truly an amazing piece of art! We are so happy for you. Do you have any completion date yet? Keep putting out the pictures, and the best to all of you!
It is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for keeping us informed. Always look forward to your posts.
Mary jo & Paul
Thank you Mary jo! We had some family from Seattle in town last week, so I will be posting another blog this week! Thank you for following our project. Hope all is well with you and Paul.
I can’t wait to see it all in person. The porch will be the place to sit on a warm day, just like described in so many books about southern living.
No progress here, my concrete contractor left a month ago, tools and all left here. Very strange and unsettling to say the least.
Hopefully we move on of this days forwards just like you with lovely Glen House.
We hope you will visit again soon! Hoping to be finished this Fall. Oh my, what a nightmare. We can definitely relate to flaky contractors. Fortunately we have an amazing team..worth the wait. I hope your project settles soon and you can resume building your dream home!
Thank you Karen! You will have to join us for a drink on the porch when we are finished.
Finally the old ugly house I’ve lived next door to all these years is new again. It is just gorgeous restored by use of the original photo from c.1890.
Not another house like it. Very Exciting project the Rogers have undertaken.
Blog followers have more surprises ahead.
Thank you Windell! It has been a journey and we are grateful for your support. It will soon be finished and we will all be enjoying a cold drink on the porch. I am finally updating the website!!