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Old 07-25-2009, 01:38 PM   #1
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Hello everyone. My wife and I bought an old farm house a couple of months ago and we are starting to fix it up. I need your opinions on the front porch. The brick pillars are starting to bow out and need to be replaced. So we are going to replace the whole porch. I know the pillars are load bearing so we will have to put in temporary supports while it is being redone. We decided to go with composite decking for floor and railing. The main thing we need help with is the brick pillars. We would like to have stone instead of brick. Any ideas on how to go about it? Do we just build new pillars with brick and then face the pillars with the stone? I included pics so any other suggestions are welcomed. Thanks
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Old 07-25-2009, 04:47 PM   #2
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How about using concrete blocks to build up the pillar?

Check out page 4 of this Quikrete project guide:

http://www.quikrete.com/PDFs/Project...eneerWalls.pdf

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Old 07-25-2009, 07:08 PM   #3
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Sorry I can't help out with your question, but the house looks awesome.....
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How about using concrete blocks to build up the pillar?

Good luck!
Ditto on the blocks with a stone veneer.

I'd lower the masonry portion to the porch height and use longer wood posts.

Also add a handrail to the steps
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Thank you very much for the comments and help. They are greatly appreiciated. Any other idea's are welcomed. Do you like the post's the way they are?, with 1 on the left, 2 in the middle, and 3 on the right.
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I think in the 4 areas the poist should look the same - size wise
The 3 in front & the one on the side

They are (and should) be evenly spaced along the front
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I agree with bjb that your house is awesome. My feeling on the two masonry columns was that there was all this mass on the right side of the stairs with a small mass on the left.

As far as the 1-2-3 posts are concerned, I would probably make it 2-2-3 so that from the front view it look like 2-2-2. I would also make the steps a little wider.

To get more ideas on this you could take another pic without the rug over the rail and post it on the Remodeling Page with a request for suggestions:
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Putting stone on the block (original) columns would look OK. You will lose the date plaque. But putting composite would ruin the look, but as it already has vinyl siding, it wouldn't matter much. I would remove the siding down to the original underneath. It may be in fair condition. Build a Craftsman handrail as Bob said, to match the Craftsman bungalow house style you have. Paint the house and trim in Arts and Crafts colors, and the porch soffit in same. Replace the screen door with wooden, and lose the closed soffits. Add the knee braces to the over-hangs: http://books.google.com/books?id=E5S...e+lookouts&lr= You could re-plumb the block columns easier than refacing them. Leave them the height they are unless you are trying for the re-muddled look. You have the potential for a really nice looking restored house.

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I'll throw in my two bits on the design:

Some craftsman style columns would be my choice.



I agree with Bob about the symmetry issue with the existing brick columns. What does everyone think about building three new columns to match the original height of the taller columns? I think you might as well go bigger if you're going to redo the columns. I think some stacked flagstone would be a huge improvement over the existing brick.

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design wise, I personally would keep the current architectual layout. you're old farmhouse is adorable, and putting in modern decking and replacing the old charming brick with stone or stone veneer would look out of place. Resale-wise, it's always best to keep an old home true to form.

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