Porches are often among the first architectural
elements to be sacrificed on an old
house — both because they require a lot of
maintenance and because they are obvious
candidates for conversion to
year-round living space.
On a recent job, we went the opposite way:
We were asked by the owners of a 1928 Colonial revival to convert
a sunroom back to an open-air porch.
Design Meets Demo
During the design phase, we presented a half dozen alternatives.
The client narrowed them down to two choices — a porch with
custom posts, handrail, and chamfered balusters, or a porch with
round columns atop the shingled half-wall that already existed as
part of the sunroom.