Build restored an elaborate Victorian porch to its former glory replicating its original details with new materials. This heritage Italiante home, built in 1877, had a beautifully ornate porch which was deteriorating in places with rot, and a number of older repairs were poorly detailed and executed.
We repaired and reinforced the foundations of the porch, salvaging some original hewn beams to repurpose into interior cabinets and furniture within the home. The porch flooring was replaced with painted Accoya that we milled in a narrow profile with small spaces between the boards to facilitate drainage. New flagstone replaced the crumbling original. The curved lower railings were designed and fabricated to better shed water, and we replicated mouldings and panels where necessary.
A combination of new and moisture resistant materials, such as turned pvc cylinders at the bottom of the heavy rope wood mouldings next to the vestibule door, will help this porch maintain its architectural integrity and stand the test of time.
Catherine Cassidy is a Designer with Build in Stratford, Ontario.
Rory McDonnell is a General Contractor, Licensed Carpenter and Architectural Designer with Build, a construction firm in Stratford, Ontario, specializing in new custom homes and renovations.
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