Enduring Charm LLC

Greek Revival Porch

This picture was taken after priming of the new work. Next, the house will be prepped and painted.  


A strong frame is made from pressure treated lumber on twelve inch centers.  New footings were poured, but the old timber ledger was salvaged.  


This picture, looking up at the roof framing, shows the low-slope hipped roof which will shed water but be unobtrusive.  

The roof is temporarily shored up during construction.  The roof was built as a unit on the ground and raised up with a lift.  


Soon the tongue and groove fir decking is installed and the base of the cornice is started.  


A bead board ceiling is installed.  Notice the old pilasters which were incorporated into the design.  

The 4x4 structural posts are wrapped with premium pine to create beefy nine inch wide columns.  


The columns are wrapped with a built up moulding and the cornice is completed too.  The siding will be repaired and then all will be painted.



My clients live in an 1830's post and beam home, with wood clapboard siding applied directly to the frame and lots of honest character.

Keeping up with a house of this nature can be a struggle, and the front porch was one area where the battle was lost. It was a quirky, off-center reduction of a once bigger porch, and the ravages of time and water had reduced the usefulness of the porch even more.

Rather than rebuild the old porch, it was decided to remove it and create a new one with more appropriate styling.

My clients came up with a basic Greek Revival design, and then we refined the plans based on pictures we took and observations we made in the Hunterdon County area. Finding historical examples helped us commit to an approach.

The process involved removal of the old dilapidated porch and careful layout of the new porch in order to save two existing pilasters and center the new porch over the doorway.

The twisted structure of the existing house made for some challenges, but often in a building of this age what looks good to the naked eye counts for more than a centered bubble on a level.

The new porch has a low-slope hipped roof, nine inch columns, a nearly twenty inch cornice and a traditional tongue and groove fir deck.

When painted the colors of the house, the new porch will look as though it was always there.

--John Painter, Owner