Victorian homes, with all their steeply pitched roofs, angles, and gingerbread (corbels, brackets, scallops, and so forth), are a challenge for the carpenter to trim and a bigger challenge for the homeowner to maintain. Queen Anne homes, a specific Victorian style, are also all about radiuses — radius porches and verandas, radius windows, radius gable-end decorations, and radius turrets. In this article, I’ll describe how we tackled the radius balustrade work for a contemporary Queen Anne we’ve been working on recently.

When we met the architects on this project, Brian Lehrman and Marlene Ayer from Artistic Residential Creations, they told us that the owners loved the Victorian style but hated maintenance — a tough contradiction for a finish contractor to sand flush. To satisfy on both fronts, we used the latest generation of materials available for exterior...

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