Before the project
The owners of this duplex would like to build a larger porch without changing the façade of their house. Can this be done?
Essentially, the architectural style of the house must be preserved. This house is of Arts and Crafts movement inspiration: simple forms, low-incline, double-slope roof, visible rafter ends. The idea is to integrate these elements to the new porch for a balanced look.
SARP Renovation Method
1- Design a porch model that reproduces as closely as possible the details of the original porch.
The width of the new porch must be measured considering the width of the house, the position of the openings, and the owners' needs:
2- The symmetry of the façade must be considered
The owners must never forget the main characteristic of a duplex: façade symmetry. The components on each side of the "A" axis should be identical in order to preserve the architectural style of the building.
The concern for maintaining a balanced look also includes other elements:
3- Use wood
Wood and brick combine well. As the doors and windows are made of wood, it is appropriate to use it for the new porch. Wood is a resistant material for posts, railings, and floors.
4- Pay attention to details
To ensure the durability of certain elements of the porch, special attention must be paid to certain details during construction:
In order to build a porch floor that will last a long time, it is important to know that, when drying, boards tend to curve in the opposite direction of the grain. It is therefore necessary to place them in the right direction. This way, the water will run off and the floor will last a lot longer.
For a nicer style than the standard metal soffit, a choice was made to use "V" boards. Visible rafter ends would also have been harmonious.
A water runoff is a lengthwise groove underneath the banister which breaks up the course of water drops, forcing them to run along and drop off the banister rather than accumulate and eventually rot the wood. Making a groove with a saw is a simple way to prolong the life of your banisters!
The new porch is nicely integrated to the architectural style of the house, adding utility and elegance - a durable, long-term addition!