curb appeal boost on budget yellow queen anne mansion porch detail
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Restore a Period Look: Porch

In addition to re-creating the original open porch, Charles and Christine had hoped to extend it across the new addition. But the plan was vetoed by the local historic-district commission, which wanted a delineation between the new and old portions of the facade. Instead, the couple went with an open deck and a Juliet balcony above that's bordered with the same cypress reproduction gingerbread railing used on the porch.

Siding and roof
The couple had the rotted blue siding replaced with new cedar clapboards finished with Cabot's solid-color stain in Linen. Beneath the 1930s gray asphalt roof shingles were the original cedar shakes, but they were too damaged to save. So the couple took the roof down to the strapping and added plywood sheathing before installing new asphalt architectural shingles in a cedar-like color.
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