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Navarro’s Screened Porch, Chesterton

Navarro's Screened Porch,
Navarro’s Screened Porch,

The Navarros had an ideal location in the back of their home to add a screened and deck. With its West exposure the, Northwest IndianaNavarroPlanViewScreenedPorch

afternoon sun would over heat the kitchen. Now that the room is built, the added shade made the kitchen more enjoyable to be in and most importantly it gave them an outdoor room to have their morning coffee and in the evenings a place to have their meals.

“Our Lady of Gaudalupe” Cord Wood Chapel, St. Patricks Parish, Chesterton

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Father Meade in action!
Father Meade in action!


The Chapel is made from 12″ split logs from the large oak trees that fell when the tornado came over top of the church and through our town a few years ago. The logs where then laid in mortar and saw dust. It was a very time consuming process and took a little longer than we all expected.

We used special ordered cedar rough sawn 12 x 12 timbers for the main structure and then 2×8 rough sawn cedar for the rafters so they could be exposed along with the 1×12 rough sawn cedar planked ceiling.


The pews are from the old St. Pats church in town and the alter and pictures were hand made by a few members of the parish.

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