A Colorful Queen Anne Porch Revival
A 1902 house's long-neglected porch regains its turn-of-the-century charm
Whimsical Paint Makeover: After
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Elaborate posts, expansive floors, whimsical skirts, and intricate paint-color schemes make the porches on Queen Anne–style houses among America's most decorative. Of course, those prized features multiply the challenges when it comes to restoring them, as Amy and Doug Heavilin found after buying a 1902 diamond in the rough in Franklin, Indiana.
Shown: The homeowners swapped in period-appropriate turned posts, then added matching stair railings for comfort and safety. New tongue-and-groove flooring, circle-pattern skirting, and paint colors breathe fresh life into the Victorian-era house. The conical copper roof cap was, luckily, intact.
General contractor: Mike Campono, Carpentry by Campono; 317-361-6018
Paint contractor: Cody Sutton, Sutton Fine Painting; 317-525-7652
Roofing contractor: Kammerling Construction; 317-738-3622
White garden stool: Jayson Home