Views of the porch; the first two as it was when we moved in, and the third where it was just prior to renovations.  In fact, the stairs and door you can see in he first two pictures have been removed.  There is another door to the outside at the end of the porch near the front door that you can see in the fourth picture. 
Here you can see how badly the area around the door from the porch and the steps had deteriorated.  Recently, I removed the steps, and opened up the whole area underneath ready for re-building.  Someone had done some renovation in the past, but used untreated wood which is why it deteriorated so quickly. 
So; the steps are gone, the door is gone and the side windows are gone.  In the first picture, I have made a start on framing up for the new siding with 4" x 2".  Just need the two intermediate studs.  Rather than try and match the existing shingle exterior, we used clapboards over this section as a contrast, with exterior grade ply on the inside of the framing to protect the final finished interior wall.  We used re-inforced plastic sheet until the new window went up.  In the second picture, the clapboard is up, and the basic framing is in for the new windows.  You can also see the new sill, in treated lumber this time!  Lots of trim work still to do!
The massive beams that support the porch.  As it Is so dry under there, the wood has not deteriorated at all even though it is untreated and set in concrete which is in ground contact.  The
Some restoration is complete on the open part of the porch, including the pillars and the front door.  Next jobs are a protective railing, repairs to the stairs and closing up the hole to the right. 


Our c. 1860 House -

Downstairs Renovations

Just about finished.  Subsequently, we decided to repaint the black trim in white. 
The inside trim.
Deborah & William Hillyard
Deborah & William Hillyard
Deborah & William Hillyard
Deborah & William Hillyard
Deborah & William Hillyard
outer sill is suspended just above the ground, and is not structural.  It is these interior beams that support the whole weight of the porch, with a number of struts to keep the walls at 90 degrees to the floor.