JLC ??JUNE 1992
One of the rewards of being a designer/builder is making a
house that is otherwise plain or unattractive into something
lively, something that reflects the personalities of its owners.
My company recently designed and built a new front porch on
a 1920s Craftsman-style home in St. Paul, Minn. The transformation
was so dramatic that, looking at our before and after
pictures from the job, it's hard to believe it's the same house.
Unlike typical houses of that era, which have many fine
exterior trim details, this house was nondescript. The existing
porch was dark and unappealing. Instead of opening the house
up to the outdoors, the porch prevented