Remodeler and designer Steven Madole, Architrave Design and Remodeling, started over and came up with a new design. The hefty square columns along the main area of the porch echo the two-story columns on each side of the house. Classical round columns frame the half-round bump out in front of the door. Above, robust balusters balance out the weighty porch.
The main challenge of this project was that it had to be inexpensive. To that end, Madole and his team substituted low-cost alternatives that didn't sacrifice style. The round columns are synthetic marble, and the square columns were made out of poplar to match. Because ready-made balusters are so expensive, the crew saved money by custom turning recycled timbers from old warehouses and bridges. Bendable plastic crown molding was used for the curved areas, and beaded plywood substitutes for a more traditional tongue and groove porch ceiling.
All in all, the renovated house--and especially the porch--is a grand success. So successful, in fact, that its fitting design and perfect proportions inspired two more homes on the street to follow the neighborhood renaissance.