1888 Victorian Porch Addition in Summit Hill

This home was filled with character and history long before our involvement. Our goal, along with the architect Richard Laffin, was to replace the porch and build an enclosed space that gives homeowners the functionality they needed, as well as honor the nearly 135-year-old architectural detail. Thanks to an incredible team, this project won the Contractor of the Year (CotY) award in 2023!


Built to Last

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Wish List

  • Replace the existing deteriorating front porch.
  • Build an additional space for enclosed seating that maintained the architectural precedent and didn’t detract from the beauty of the existing home.
  • Update the front walkway.

The End Result

Aesthetically, the new porch adds balance to the structure without overwhelming the exterior of the house. The new columns significantly improve the look of the home, and much of the original design detail is met with similar elements (and longer-lasting construction materials!). 


A Step Up

 Updated steps and walkway add curb appeal.



Much of the original porch had been replaced with poor-quality materials that were out of proportion and lacking in proper detail. The wood steps needed constant painting. The railing balusters are slightly too small for the space, and overall, the porch isn’t quite as sturdy as it ought to be.



The new walkway is a real showstopper! We expanded the width for greater functionality and upgraded the materials to last. With limestone treads and a cut bluestone landing, this entrance is much more appropriate for a home as stately as this one.


A quaint sitting area just outside the front door.


Elevating Our Craft

Due to the configuration of the roof, it needed a flat portion that needed to be supported. This vaulted ceiling area not only adds a distinctive visual feature but also structurally supports the flat roof area (there are some very large beams in there).


Porch Addition Gives Room to Party

This space is perfect for entertaining and hosting guests. In fact, it’s frequently used for hosting large gatherings. There are several options for lighting the space. There is even indirect lighting in the perimeter of the vaulted area.


Hand-Crafted Details

The exterior showcases tapered Doric columns fitting to this style house. The columns and porch railing were meticulously proportioned for a balanced aesthetic and the corbels at the cornice were replicated to match the originals. The upgraded exterior offers the homeowners more of the lifestyle they were looking for and adds beauty to the neighborhood that is truly timeless.

Team Credits

Architect: Richard Laffin Architects
Project Manager:
Paul Gorton
Lead Carpenter:
Wayne Holmberg 
Photos:  Chuck Perry

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