Pandemic projects: With travel off the books, front porch and back deck ceilings get top priority

Sometimes smaller projects deliver the biggest bang.

That was true for Bill and Jo Wagstaff. When the reality of COVID-19 hit and their slate of travel plans were canceled, they decided to tackle a long-talked about task – revamping the ceilings on their front porch and back deck.

“We do a lot of walking, and we noticed the cedar decking in newer construction,” Jo said. “We didn’t like the painted plywood ceilings on our porch and deck.”

Jo recently retired from a 34-year career at Whitworth University, where she coached women’s tennis, and served as associate athletic director.

Bill had already retired from teaching science and coaching tennis at

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