A Classic New Porch: Before

Our farmhouse was built around 1893 in Pittsford, New York, near the Finger Lakes. The house gets attention when drivers stop for a traffic light at its busy corner, so we were interested in adding curb appeal, while maintaining the house's character. The existing porch was small and not useful; we wanted a larger porch with an attractive handrail. We looked at neighboring old houses to get ideas for their renovation. We wanted to take advantage of eight feet on the side of the house to add usable floor space, but the pitch and hip of the roof were the deciding factors in their final design. Once we had a rough plan, the next step was to get a variance from the town, which was necessary because the house was within the setback from the road. Ed, an engineer, presented plans to the zoning board at a town meeting. Then he met with the architectural review board to get its approval for his building permit. —Ed and Beth from Pittsford, NY
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