My neighbor has been slowly demolishing his front porch. Apparently thanks to some storm damage a year or two ago, his insurance will cover replacing the siding. He hasn't gone into details but I suspect he figures this is also a good time to replace the front porch. I suspect the reason for the delay was to save up the portion that he has to pay and also, they have 3 kids which usually brings about unexpected expenses. And also that Life Gets in the Way thing.