I have to start this post by saying that I certainly do have the most accomodating husband. I come up with an idea, no matter how cockamamie, and he figures out how to make it work.
This is the view from my kitchen window.
Let's look a little closer, shall we?
I don't recall where I first saw this done (old porch post with birdhouse on top) but I know that I've wanted to do it for a long time.
I didn't want to lose any of the height of the porch posts. Not knowing the ways of post construction I wasn't sure how that was going to work. But not to worry - Rick knew exactly how to install them.
Here's a little mosaic of the process. Now since the posts were slightly different sizes (one was from the days when a 4 x 4 was actually 4" by 4") one of them had to be modified a bit so the bracket (which is made to fit a modern 4 x 4 which is about 3.5" x 3.5").
The larger of the posts had to be chisled away a little bit in order for the bracket to fit.
He also had to reinforce the bottom of one of the posts since it was splitting. Nothing a little wood glue and some carefully placed screws couldn't take care of.
The braces in the bottom right picture were removed after the concrete set.
One birdhouse I've had for a number of years. It is actually a bird feeder/bird house (the attic is the living quarters). I got it for a song because one of the finials on the top was snapped off. I had Rick snap the other one off and put two sparkly glass cupboard knobs on top. Rick also had the idea to put decorative brackets underneath it to give it a little more visual weight.
I painted the roofs of both a slate color. One had a blue roof and the other had plain, unfinished wood.
Now I just need to wait for some birds to move in.