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
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