|La Malcontenta, an Art Deco Spanish Eclectic house, with its porch and veranda.|
I finally finished the front steps—the porch landing was started about two years ago and then work stopped! Ye gad! I bought these great porch tiles from Michael's and it was a good thing that I bought many of them since they are no longer available.
|Porch tiles on landing.|
|Completed porch at last!|
I had always planned to have a veranda on the living room side of the house and I decided that it was time to do this, too. After all, these great Palladian doors needed to open onto something.
|Living room needs a veranda.|
|The veranda goes here.|
A Note about the Spanish Barrel Tiles:
These are vinyl sheets that I buy from HBS. There is a lot of waste with a hip roof, so many were needed for the house--and for the mistakes in measuring and cutting. The veranda roof took three sheets. The house took at least 15—my sister and I stopped counting after a while.
The sheets sometimes crack as you cut them but are easily repaired. The sheets come from different dye lots. The barrels may be slightly different sizes from sheet to sheet which makes vertical and horizontal alignment a challenge. There sometimes is a problem making a neat seam and I have found that overlapping a row often makes the best seam.
The sheets are white underneath so that you have to paint the edges and the seams.
|Painting the edges and seams.|
|Cut the first horizontal rows to give the illusion of thickness.|
They need a lot of glue under them and “support” to keep them in place as they dry (they slide). I have used E6000, OmniStick, and Aileene’s 7800 with equal success. After they are dry, I touch up the seams and other “imperfections” with red oak or mahogany Elmer’s wood filler. Then I paint them.
On a hipped roof (my only experience), the edges where the angles meet must be covered with something—the best alignments are never perfect , and also real houses have a protective layer at those points. I use a row of barrels from a sheet made from a company that no longer makes them. The great thing about their sheet is that the barrels are wider and so cover angled edges better. I do not know what I will use if I do another barrel tiled roof. I accept these quirks and will continue to use these sheets--or at least until I find something better.
The Veranda Construction:
The veranda is a stand-alone piece with its own landscape. The house is big enough without having it attached.
The veranda footing is pine, the porch and roof are ¼ inch MDF, and the arched walls are cut with my jig saw from 3/8 inch Baltic birch plywood. The back wall of the veranda is the house. The veranda is glued together with Elmer’s Wood Glue.
|Glued, clamped, leveled, and prayed over.|
|Walls and base glued and stable.|
|Stucco from real house textured paint.|
|Pitch marked with masking tape.|
|The hipped roof starts with a flat base.|
|View of window cutouts and painted edges of the roof.|
|Looks weird, but it works!|
|Push pin supports|
|We did it!|
|Very interesting solution.|
|Real house wallpaper = mini tiles.|
Time to catch one’s breathe!
There will be “wrought iron fencing” in the front and back arches, and following along the grass. This fencing is a commercial black plastic fencing from a local dollhouse store. The veranda will face a green lawn made on a styrofoam base with a Heiki or Noch grass mat. The veranda itself is 10 ½ x 23 inches.
I decided to, once again, unpack the furniture and place it on the veranda, and scotch tape the fencing in place to photograph an "almost" finished look.
|Guests have already arrived!|
|But where are the home owners?|
|Well, a good party doesn't require a host and hostess -- just good food and cool drinks! Cheers!|