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West Seattle outdoor remodel - Seattle porch rebuild

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A sweet 1913 Craftsman home was slowly sinking at its front porch. Brick columns had come loose and the solid concrete steps were separating from the house, dragging railings down with them. Shoring and a facelift was in order. Completed 2011.

Architect: Alan Ness of Ten Directions Design

project features


  • New wood columns replace the crumbling brick with a style that just right for this Craftsman home
  • Stairs were replaced with thick Bluestone treads to bring some visual interest and a nice finish
  • A newly poured walk and short stair by the sidewalk make the entry inviting

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Click on the thumbnails to read the story of this entryway remodel.
In additional to structural problems, the porch was almost entirely open to the elements, and a window that had been installed to the south was in a wall that was rotting in place. The spacious porch area had become a haven for spiders and essentially unusable.  Time for some outdoor remodeling! First order of business: replace the front steps.   The newly poured concrete stairs are rock solid on top of a huge footing.  The homeowners had initially wanted the stairs clad in tile, but tile often pop during Seattle's freeze and thaw cycles each winter.  Instead, we used thick Bluestone treads to bring some visual interest and a nice finish.  New wood columns replace the crumbling brick with a style that just right for this home. Bluestone tiles at the porch level continue the color and texture from the stair treads, and provide a nice waterproof surface over living space below. Wrought iron railings finish out the look, and a newly poured walk and short stair by the sidewalk make the entry inviting. The new porch area has windows on two sides, new structural throughout, and siding and trim to match the rest of the home.   Proof that small changes can make a big difference.


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