Relaxation Porch

Newton, Middlesex County

This porch represents a masters class in both the craft and the business of restoration.  Restoration work included complete site rebuild from the deck down including new footings, new framing, new decking and the on site manufacture of the floral panels for the porch skirting.  From the deck to the roof line, columns were sourced from a custom turner from Northampton Ma who, with the remnants of the existing rotted columns and instructions from us as to proportions for the square sections, was able to create very close replicas in woods typical of the time the porch was built.  A new ceiling was installed in 5/8" fir beaded stock.  The dentil work and other carving work at the gutter line and gable was all carefully preserved and restored, however the facias and the guttering were all replaced.  The roof was entirely replaced with site bent copper and the gutters were lined with site made liners.  The cap to the conical part of the roof is the original that was buffed and repaired.  This project required careful attention at disassembly of the existing work in order to document the historical approaches unique to this house.  It also required research into modern materials that could be substituted, where possible, for improved durability and where antique materials were no longer available.  Some proportions had to be slightly modified to comply with then current code, as for example the post bases.