While this house is mostly original, the Bungalow porch design shown here has been badly altered over the years. As you can see a full restoration is needed here.
This little Bungalow in Oklahoma was lucky to have owners who could understand and appreciate the design of their home and wanted to restore it back to its original glory.
As you see in this photo, the roof was replaced, rotted soffit repaired and the porch dismantled. Some really great colors were chosen as you can see.
In moving forward with the restoration, the owners wanted to see what the finish product can look like with a proper Bungalow porch design so they contacted OHG .
New Bungalow Porch Design from top to bottom.
Starting at the bottom, new brick piers supporting the porch were installed along with new lattice porch skirt surrounded by a new frame.
New porch posts and balustrade were installed to match the style of the house.
The white balustrade in the top photo was not the original Bungalow porch design but a later incompatible replacement. The new balustrade above was designed by the owners based on a photo from a staircase shown in the Old House Journal .
The finished railing height is actually 25 inches and is just a bit lower than the window sill of the window to the far left. The center window is only 16 inches high and too low to match the hand rail to.
However, the photo of the house is taken at a downward angle creating an illusion that the hand rail appears lower than it actually is. It is not the height of the center (16”) window sill. This angle also makes the porch floor entirely visible.
A new porch roof was added based on the style in the original photo and the wood on the house where it was removed.
I think the colors the owners chose do wonders for the house. I made some placement adjustments such as changing the water table trim from brown to green since it is part of the trim and is needed to show a cohesive structure.
Landscape at the lattice is very important here. As you can see in the 2nd image above, the ground is sharply sloped downward to the left. When the lattice is framed you have straight lines against ground that is angled creating an undesirable appearance.
Each lattice panel needs to be stepped downward with the ground which also draws attention to the slope. Here the landscape softens the effect and the slope is less visible. Re-grading the property in this area is another option.
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