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1-story with hipped roof

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This older home has adequate eave height for
the porch roof to start below the main eave.

1-story with hipped roof (Porch Photo 13)
Before adding new porch
However, the owners wanted a larger porch with more headroom... and they wanted something more Victorian.

After - Porch Photo 13

The solution - start the new porch eave on the main roof. That allowed a steeper, more pleasing porch roof, while actually increasing headroom slightly on the main part of the porch.

They also reworked the roofline to incorporate a gable with fancy cut shingles and octagon window. This takes the house in a more Victorian direction, as does the tower/gazebo with its own octagon window and cut shingles.

Close-up - Porch Photo 13

The porch itself gets the full decorative treatment. Turned Posts are adorned with Spandrels and Fan Brackets at the top and Turned Balusters at the bottom. Note the use of Sloped-top Bottom Rail to provide a visual foundation for the balustrade sections. Of course, it is also the professional way to ensure maximum water drainage away from Baluster bottoms.

The owners wrote: "We are delighted with our new front porch, and we want to thank the crew at Vintage Woodworks for their help. You supplied exactly what we ordered and delivered on time in every case. The excellent craftsmanship in each component part of your products is most impressive. Every item was packed carefully and arrived without damage. Vintage Woodworks is a rare and special resource. We couldn't have done the project without you!

"The core of our house was built in the late 1880's. In 1920, the owner added on and 'modernized' the roofline to look like the bungalows that were popular then. We tried to use Victorian Queen Anne design elements to make the house look more like the other nineteenth century homes in our neighborhood. I think our porch succeeds in showing some of the options for using historic themes in new construction.

"Once again, we really appreciate Vintage Woodworks' help with this project. It was a pleasure working with you. We are recommending you to our neighbors in this National Register Historic District."
- B. McLaughlin, CO

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