On The Porch

Sur­round your­self with the glory of spring in a ren­o­vated outdoor space.

Victorian Homes - - Contents - BY MER­RIE DESTEFANO

Sur­round your­self with the glory of spring in a ren­o­vated outdoor space.

Cre­ated for loung­ing out­side on warm evenings and sunny days, this outdoor space can be as large as a full wrap-around porch or as small as a front stoop. It doesn’t mat­ter how large it is. The key is that it should be invit­ing, us­able and have an el­e­ment of charm—es­pe­cially if your pe­riod home is Vic­to­rian.

One of the main ap­peals of a pe­riod home is a front porch that’s ac­tu­ally an ex­tended liv­ing space.

But not all homes are born equal. Some porches are in dis­ar­ray when you pur­chase the house. Time, bad weather, peel­ing paint, wood rot, van­dal­ism and a num­ber of other vil­lains may have turned a on­ce­beau­ti­ful outdoor space into an eye­sore.

On top of that, you may be crav­ing dec­o­ra­tive spin­dles, carved pan­els and gin­ger­bread trim—sim­i­lar to the lovely homes on Martha’s Vine­yard (see page 30).

The good news is that you can renovate your porch. Re­pair those rot­ten floor­boards, re­place bro­ken pieces with new balustrades, span­drels, newel posts and rail­ings. One com­pany, Western Spin­dle, of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of porch prod­ucts made from tra­di­tional wood, which are also avail­able in polyurethane, re­in­forced with steel, alu­minum, PVS or fiber­glass, and are cre­ated to with­stand the cold­est win­ter and raini­est au­tumn.

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