A Victorian Porch Restoration Near Toronto
Just north of Toronto in the Village of Caledon, we restored this traditional Victorian Porch for a very special client. We corrected many of the typical porch issues by applying a finish before building, but stayed true to the details and style of the era.
This Victorian Porch Restoration on this home near Toronto ON, (Caledon, Ontario) was needed badly. The previous builder, (the one that fabricated and added the gingerbread and custom spindles), decided they could leave the old rotten beam in the deck and add 1 layer of spruce material to hold this porch up. It was one of those porch jobs where the deeper you dig, the more you find. There was an old entrance slab that was preventing the previous builder from installing a proper framing system, so we broke that up and removed it. Completely re-worked the framing, shored the structure up and replaced the main beam.
Beneath the porch was now roughly a foot lower than the gardens outside, which caused a pool to form beneath–so we added fill and a vapor barrier that helped that area drain into the garden. The stairs had risers of 11″, and they were rotten, so the stairs were re-worked to code by adding another riser. We also increased the size of the treads to 17″, and added a hand rail with custom caps. We had reproduced a shorter version of the hand rail on this deck for another deck at the other side of the house, so we used the leftover parts for these small sections of rail, and fabricated a more robust rail structure since it was exposed to the elements.
The skirting was designed to allow air flow to prevent joist rot. A Stunning profile to this traditional porch on approach. After a year of growth–as you come upon this porch restoration the facade is gorgeous. All parts, including all the custom latticework skirting was pre-finished with high quality wood stain on all 6 sides to prevent premature deterioration. See our article “Exterior Stain on Wood” for more information on the process.
Victorian porches were far more popular in years past–but they still appeal to some people that still appreciate a white picket fence and scroll work. This porch is a classic.
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