Tracking down materials that preserved the style and character of our home was difficult. Ed used a book from Yestermorrow Design/Build School, and we did Internet research. We chose mahogany flooring, a beadboard ceiling, period newels and balusters, and copper roofing and gutters. Ed made the rails and balusters by hand to match an existing railing on another part of the property. It took him a week to rip down the lumber, route six cuts per board to match the rails, and paint the pieces. Jeff Raggi of JAR Construction used a simple frame construction for the carpentry. Finding a good craftsman to install the copper roof and gutters took some time but was worth the effort. In addition to the new porch and gutters, we repainted the house, and landscaped, creating a stream garden out of an old drainage run. One reward of our renovation is praise from people driving by. But by far the best reward is the time we spend on the new porch.
—Ed and Beth from Pittsford, NY