Chronicles of an old house restoration project in Dignowity Hill Historic District, San Antonio Texas
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When we first bought the house back in 2011 the back part of the house was as a mess. The house had been converted into a duplex somewhere along the way and 3 concrete stair steps had been installed that gave entry to the back of the house to different rooms. We had originally planned on restoring the original back porch area, however, plans changed as they often do in these projects and we used the back porch space for the kitchen. This left the back part of the house begging for a deck. Well, we finally got around to building a small 8 x 14 foot deck off the back door. The size of the deck is in keeping with the scale of the house and creates a nice outdoor space for relaxing.
The work on the roof continues slowly but in the meantime we've done some additional work that has given the old gal some new found curb appeal. One improvement was replacing the old chain link fence with a combination of a short wrought iron fence along with a 6 foot wooded privacy fence. We took down the chain link fence in front of the lot and decided to leave it open with no fence. This opened up the front yard and exposed the landscaping of front of the house. It's amazing what a nice fence can do to improve the looks of a property!