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Old 08-09-2015, 11:41 PM   #1
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A contractor put in these bare posts (pictured below) to straighten the span above the porch and level the upper interior floors above it. This is kind of a temporary solution until we re-do the whole front porch. Since that may be years down the road, any ideas on what we could do to make this look better aesthetically for the time being?


P.S. - We'd prefer not to mimic the current outer pillars (they're stucco, plaster, concrete or something) because they're so bulky. Also I have to install railings on the porch (we have an infant) so maybe they can help blend in what is done with the bare posts?
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Old 08-10-2015, 05:29 AM   #2
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If they are coming out down the road, painting them white would help them blend in.

Boxing them out with some 1x4 would make them more prominent but would lessen their ability to dry out at the bottom. I am not sure how the contractor put them in there at the bottom but you don't want them to stay wet and/or rot.

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If the posts are pt, wait min 3 months, 6 months recommended, before painting. Then hang a planter. Homedepot sells railing parts. Sand, prime and paint.
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They are to thin looking ---so I would build a boxed collum around the new posts---
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Optical illusion or are the posts not centered on the supports?
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The posts need to be in proportion to each other and the rest of the facade. You've ruled out matching the two that are there, which leaves replacing all. Otherwise, whatever you do is going to look disjointed.

PVC column wraps could work. (If I was remodeling, I would lose the brick and coping, possibly look at lowering the column base to 6-12" above the top of deck, find a PVC wrapped column that is well proportioned to the facade, and fix the eave details and the clipped gable. Paint would help, but not that grey. Paint the header to match the trim.)
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I like the tapered craftsman style columns. I think they just need to be taller in proportion to the base, 1/3 base to 2/3rds column. Your home has a lot of potential.
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They're attached to the beam that supports the deck (a hole was busted through the flower pot/half columns to do this), the posts are not pressure treated, very good point about them being unprotected and rotting out and yes the post are not centered (3 1/2" difference). Also, very good point about painting the header white (can't believe we never thought of that).

So it sounds like boxing them in into a simple column is fast and easy, boxing them in mimicking the tapered style of the outer columns would be more time consuming, but go better with the overall look and busting out the outer columns to the posts and putting simple columns on all four would be optimal.... any other ideas?



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Your home is a bungalow, a style that benefits from strong symmetry and low lines. One of the classic traits of that style is the tapered columns. You said they are heavy, but I think the problem is more in the details of the facade, which lacks symmetry. Bungalow columns are muscular, and that's probably how I would keep it. A classic bungalow would have a central stair, with windows flanking it in each porch bay. If your floor plan allows you to accomplish this, it could look great.

If not, pairing a door and window, centered in the left bay of the deck would help. (Front-facing stair an option.) Pair narrow double-hungs, two each in the other two openings. The railing you asked about works well aligned even with the top of the column base. The brick needs repointing, and since its painted brick, it might not be worth the trouble. Consider stone veneer, brick or wood to match your siding. (The roof needs some attention to correct the uplift at the eaves.) It's a very popular style, and I would embrace it, not deviate from it.
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You could un-highlight them by painting the columns and the blocks they sit on the same gray as the siding above.
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I've decided to just paint the bare posts the same color as the house trim for the time being. The problem is there's a hole in the brick structure so the posts can go all the way down to the porch's deck beam (pictured below). What's an easy way to cover up that hole so sideways rain doesn't wet, and subsequently rot the unpainted part of the posts below the surface and beam down below?
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You should make a cap out of wood that goes over the brick/concrete and meets the column. Ideally the cap will be tapered to the outside so it sheds water. It would look like a squat pyramid with its top cut off. I'm surprised the guy that put in the columns didn't do that. Do you have the tools you need to build that?

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