What begins as a fix-the-floor and restore-the-railing upkeep project has taken a bit of a turn. The columns that hold my porch roof up are, in fact hollow - without the post inside I was expecting. They are caving in on the rotting floor beneath them.
From the outside, after careful -surgical- stair removal:
And, after pulling out the cedar ceiling in the basement below, I have this view of the column support:
So... today, up goes the roof. Up up in the air. This should be fun. The neighbors are certainly amused.