The homeowners, both recently retired educators, who had bought this house over forty years earlier and had raised their family there, always knew that there was something wrong with it!
They absolutely loved their quiet little tree-lined street, but the enclosure of most of what had been a full-width front porch by previous owners, in addition to being stylistically inappropriate for the 1924 Craftsman style home, also created the effect of the house turning its back to the neighborhood. They would happily trade back the underutilized interior space for a gracious, traditional porch that would also restore the original character and charm of the house.
The restored front porch virtually replicates the original design, and is significantly more sympathetic to the other homes on the street, nearly all of which share this feature. The new tongue & groove wood flooring is traditional for houses of this era, as are the sky-blue beaded board ceiling and the wood railing that was custom-fabricated from the one surviving segment of the original. A new Craftsman style front door (with beefy solid bronze hardware) and period-appropriate lighting fixtures provide a welcoming first impression, and a deep, rich paint palette accentuates the home’s picturesque qualities.
The overall result is a handsome and well-proportioned exterior space that has restored the original character of the streetscape and once again welcomes porch sitters, just as it did in days gone by. The owners couldn’t be more delighted—and neither could the neighbors!
Finalist, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2019 Renovation Inspiration Contest.