Porch Renovation and Conversion for a 1927 English Cottage

This home was built with an open front porch that was under roof for 2/3 of its length. Previous owners had crudely enclosed it with prefab sliding storm windows and an aluminum awning over the unroofed part. Rotting structure from leaky drains on the roof, plus drafty and failing windows required a rebuild.

  • All of the second-floor stucco and trim on the east side of the house was replaced along with porch ceiling joists
  • New stucco was made to match existing with the use of several latex molds
  • Structural columns were installed inside the stucco on either side of the front door – a custom double unit with an arched top made to fit the existing opening
  • The upper balcony floor now drains directly into a gutter for its entire width
  • A new box bay was installed on the second floor to create a big picture window in the bedroom
  • Custom corbels were crafted to cover robust welded steel brackets that support the box bay along with stainless steel cables
  • Dormers received new copper roofs and siding
  • A new door to the concrete patio was crafted of a swinging door and two tall casement units
  • New structure was created to enclose the open end of the porch with appropriate openings that matched the other arches
  • Copper roofs and gutters completed the period look for the exterior

Inside, the new Pella windows were built to fit the custom openings.  A new, varnished v-groove ceiling with custom crown molding, recessed LED downlights, ceiling fan and chandelier make it a beautiful space. A Saltillo tile floor with radiant heat makes this a place to gather any time of year. The upper balcony has a new iron railing and a great view of the lake.

GPH Services Building Restoration
House of Optical Retail Store Build-out
Mariners Church Music Room and Vestry
Mariners Church Historic Doors Restoration
Porch Renovation and Conversion for a 1927 English Cottage
Table for a Private Suite
Master Bedroom Closets and Moldings
GPH Shop
Grosse Pointe Woods Kitchen
Grosse Pointe Remodel
Grosse Pointe Kitchen
French Colonial Addition
Grosse Pointe Kitchen
Saint Clair Shores Kitchen
Bathroom for a 1927 English Cottage
Traditional Bathroom
Marble Master Bathroom
Bathroom in a Transitional Style