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Why didn’t I do this earlier?

August 12th, 2014 § 4

Last week the house got a major upgrade in that one of the two entries now has proper steps!


Yes, I am embarrassed to admit that for more than four years I lived with two cinder blocks and a couple paint-stained board as my only way off the back porch. It was one of those things, of which there are myriad when you build your own house, that get left to the last minute because I couldn’t decide on a design while the contractors were on the job. The contractor left, and I was left with a precipitous drop off the porch onto a wobbly 2″x6″. I adapted, and managed to navigate the tricky board/door combination okay, and as these things happen when there are a zillion other projects higher in priority, it just became normal. If a bit kountry.


But last week, thanks to a few day’s hired labor, I now have a proper set of stairs at the back of the house. I had a flash of inspiration last winter when I realized a simple set of stairs wouldn’t suffice in this situation. It would have been too hard to stand on them and open an out-swinging door. So I came up with this idea to make essentially a mini-deck, which gives plenty of room to operate the door and also all sorts of nooks for sitting, potted plants, English Shepherds, etc.


In time the new pressure-treated wood will weather, and then if I am feeling ambitious I can paint it to match the house. But for now I am thrilled with how it turned out. I keep going in and out the door so easily that I laugh with delight, remembering how annoying it was before. I grilled out last weekend and didn’t burn myself opening the door like I did on the fourth of July! Now if I just had a nice stone patio for my new steps to connect to. It’s in the master plan…maybe in another four years!

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§ 4 Responses to “Why didn’t I do this earlier?”

  • Dani says:

    I love the new steps! Although the board and cinderblocks reminds me of my grandma’s old farmhouse in rural Illinois. :-)

    I have a totally unrelated question for you. My chickens only eat Scratch and Peck layer feed with no corn and no soy.

    They are encouraging me to find a farm in Virginia where I could buy them local grains instead of shipping it in from the west coast. They want me to save money too!

    What do you feed to your chickens? Do you know any local grain sellers?



  • Bonafide Farmer says:

    Hi, Dani,

    Thanks for your kind words about the steps. I love them too!

    I hear Countryside Organics, based in Waynesboro, has good food. It’s sold at the Southern States in Charlottesville, but I think they also deliver to other places around the state.

  • Dani says:

    Oooh thanks! Because of your tip, I stopped in Waynesboro this afternoon on my way to Axton. The folks at Countryside Organics were really friendly, and I picked up 50 pounds for half what I’ve been paying.

    They also directed me to Blue Mountain Brewery where lunch was fantastic. Try the cheese platter!

    Thank you again :-)

  • Bonafide Farmer says:

    Great, Dani! Glad to help!

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