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Porch Photo 172
Minnesota Porch Renovation featured in our July, 2014 Newsletter
Old porch. Note off-centered porch gable and steps, and post in front of right door.
The homeowner is “something of an aficionado on Victorian design,” says residential designer Paul Knutson. “On my first visit to their home, I was struck by her sizeable collection of periodicals and books on the subject. Clearly she'd been planning this porch renovation for some time and had a huge lead on me. Thankfully I found your company."
Snowy day before renovation. Note awkwardness at right
end of porch roof and adjoining side wall of the house.
Before views of front and side.
"Our clients wanted an authentic Victorian 'gingerbread' porch on their home and they wanted it to look as though it had always been there. That's exactly what we gave them and they love it."
"Using your porch books [now available as an Online Porch Guide] I was able to provide just what she was looking for. I've gotten many positive comments from people who've seen the porch in person and on my website. I always credit your company with providing me the materials and knowledge that made this transformation possible. Thank you for your help. You made me look good."
Well, Paul, you make us look good too!
You and the builders, Ben Quie and Sons, did an excellent job!
Our very positive review:
The new porch is better in every way! By extending it the full width of the house, and changing to a hipped rather than gabled porch roof, the previously off-centered porch gable is eliminated. The generously wide steps are much more inviting and avoid a post in front of the doors.
Paul provided a very authentic "Third Dimension" by using appropriately sized Post Face Brackets and Cornice Brackets on the beam. Their significance is obvious in the corner view two photos up. That photo also clearly shows the finishing touch of using a bed moulding just under the porch roof.
As evident in the right photo just below, the awkwardness at the right end of the porch roof and the adjoining house wall has been replaced with clean lines, while Newel Posts at each end avoid an overly long section of balustrade on this generously wide new porch. These end balustrades properly terminate into Half Posts at the walls of the house, a traditional approach that adds to the authenticity of this "old" new porch.
Products used in the renovation include the following:
Screen Door #7102 Traditional Porch Posts 6" x108" Plain Newel Posts P3 Rail Set Traditional Baluster - B 3"x32" 8-3/4" Ball & Dowel Spandrel SR #6 Spandrel Brackets Almont Post Face Brackets Riley Cornice Brackets
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