I highly recommend the HGTV show – RESTORED. Brett Waterman restores some great old houses as they should be restored.
I am very pleased that there is a show like this and if you know me I am very critical of any work done on older homes.
Other Home & Garden shows destroy the historic integrity as architects and interior designers attempt to impress viewers as they show off their artistic remuddling inabilities.
So many people watch these shows that we should not be surprised about the damage homeowners do to their homes.
Thankfully this is not one of those usual shows.
So my purpose in writing this article is:
- To promote this show as OHG approved! I only watched a few episodes and I liked everything Brett did except throw out a great iron kitchen sink in one episode.
- To show that although he is a great restorer, the color placement was not what it should be on one of the episodes I watched.
HGTV – Season 6, Episode 2 –
“Unraveling a 1903 Architectural Mystery”
Sorry I don’t have a link for you to watch the full episode. Here is an overview.
Look at the two center columns – they don’t look right to me. I believe they may have been moved at one time. The steps that are not original are too wide extending past the columns.
I am surprised the two center columns are so close together and they were this way in the old photo. They still may have been changed earlier. The doorway/entrance should have hierarchy over the windows even though they have a tighter fit as shown above. To provide the feel of hierarchy, the center space between the columns should be wider than that on the sides. In the rendering above I moved each column to line up close to the ends of the gable dormer above allowing the steps to better fit in also.
I love the house the way it is however, the insurance company and the local code department may not due to the porch height.
If this is a problem then add a railing but follow my options for rail height since the hand rail should be even with the window sill which is much lower than current code. I recommend adding an extended rail and removing it after approval. There is a lot more information on my porch railing page . For a railing on the steps I recommend a black iron railing for this will not be very noticeable.
Personally I prefer the original open roof balustrade however I am a purist and believe that restoration should follow what the original designer intended which reflects the period and its Late Victorian Style – not Colonial Revival.
SADLY – this show is no longer on but episodes can be found. I never heard of it until a month ago.
Read more and see Brett Waterman’s other restoration projects.