During restoration, as much original building fabric is retained as possible but sometimes a stronger substitute is required. The decorative scrollwork balustrade panels were reproduced with a longer-lasting PVC material.
Magnificent architectural details are brought into sharp focus during the paint and primer phase. A seamless blending of original and restored work is confirmed before final paint is applied.
Once the meticulous demolition is complete an architectural historian examines “paint shadow” evidence to learn more about the home’s original features and produce the final restoration design drawings.
Columns are suspended and held in place by scaffolding, allowing for work on the porch deck and column bases below and the roof line balustrade above.
The completed porch, featuring a new roof line balustrade constructed with a long-lasting substitute material.
Properly placed scaffolding is key to safely shoring up porch columns and balustrades, allowing for new deck framing and installation.
A “slow dry” oil-based primer penetrates and seals up all wood surfaces.
Areas of difficult moisture deterioration require special attention. The column bases on this King’s Hill neighborhood front porch deck received a coat of liquid epoxy before being fitted with a narrow PVC “donut” to ensure a long-lasting waterproof deck-to-column connection.
Thoughtful planning allows for intricate shoring techniques to minimize porch project steps.
A beautiful porch restoration project completed on time and within the estimated budget.