Jacked-Up Front Porch & Skirt Ideas


Two weekends ago our porch was “jacked up” in the most literal sense: both in its bad sinking and the jacks we used to support it when work was started to fix it. Karl and his Dad teamed up to jack our porch up and remove the chicken-wire porch skirt, crumbling footing and rotting wood from it all in one day.

I use the term “crumbling” as well to the fullest degree because they were able to take the footing apart without even using a chisel; all it took was their bare hands. Yike-o-roma.



After clearing out the footing, they then laid some quick drying cement to build up the old footing still in the ground.



Next they replaced the areas where the beams had rotted (boy were they rotted!)





Cement blocks were laid in place of the old footing.



We still have to replace some of the floorboards, and next Spring we’ll likely take on the task of sanding and repainting/repairing the chipped paint on the flooring (and likely the rails and columns too).



But at least we now don’t have to worry about the porch collapsing!

As for now, we’d like to try and get the new porch skirting put up before Winter…we may have to wait until next Spring though as things are still just a tad crazy with having an infant baby girl. But here’s some ideas we’re tossing around:

porch skirt with arches


porch skirting
tsk tsk – skirting doesn’t line-up with the columns


square porch skirting


porch skirt idea


old house historical porch skirt design


Any stand out to y’all? I’m wanting to stay away from the diamond lattice if I can as it’s too common looking to me unless done with a bit of flair like the blue lattice above. The square lattice is easy to find and not as typically used, and keeps with the straight lines of our Foursquare….or do we try something fun and fancy like in the last picture?

Comment below! I want to hear input! :)

p.s. – a great resource for the proper way to install skirting and historically what was used for skirt designs can be found at Old House Guy.

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