Bungalow Porch

Project by bonykneez posted 01-20-2017 11:04 AM 31898 views 7 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in 2000 my wife and I bought the little house next door to us. It was owned by a bachelor who then married and moved into his wife’s home. He rented it out for a few years which was unsettling for us, not knowing who would be living next door every 12 months…It was also overgrown with huge bushes in the front and pretty much untouched for about 15 years.

The porch had termite damage so that was the first thing I worked on. The original porch was replaced back in the 50s with that black cast iron-looking supports and railing.

It took us two summers to finish the outside. It turned out well, and we have had a good tenant (who loves yard work) in it for the past 8 years.

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posted 08-16-2008 06:02 AM

Excellent work, I really admire the details, very nice!

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posted 08-16-2008 04:20 PM

WOW, what a transformation. I partial to the bungalow style anyway, but I think this really made this house. Great workmanship. I’m sure it made it the best looking house in the neighborhood. Thanks for the post.

-- Tim

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posted 08-16-2008 04:46 PM

Bonykneez, this is very nice work. Lots of detail!. I looked at the pictures posted in face book, but I could not find and pictures with the old termite porch with iron railing on it.

Thanks for the post.

I better go back to work on my house now….

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posted 08-16-2008 05:35 PM

very nice work kneezs !

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posted 08-16-2008 10:30 PM

I really like what you’ve done. Those posts are amazing.

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posted 08-16-2008 11:16 PM

Yowzah! Beautiful design and execution, bonykneez! Looks fabulous. You gotta be proud.


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posted 10-04-2008 12:20 AM

Awesome work! Love that style of house and really appreciated those dedicated to maintaining the character of the older homes.

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posted 06-16-2009 04:38 PM

Wow! Great job! So how is this holding up to the weather? Have you had to repaint? I’m looking to redo my back porch and would love to build wooden railings, but I’m a little worried about the upkeep. Any thoughts or suggestions?

-- Brent (Table saws worry about kickback from Chuck Norris)

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posted 06-19-2009 11:58 PM

Great work. Love the split columns. Really ties back to the arts and crafts movement when most of the bungalows were built. Awesome change.

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posted 06-20-2009 12:29 AM

They have held up well so far. The only thing I will probably do is replace the quarter-round (which touches the decking) with PVC. I did this just recently for my own deck columns—the baseboard and quarter-round in PVC—and it looks really nice, plus it will not have any rot.

Another thing I did was build the crown and base molding separately, gluing the miters, then slipping them over the posts and attaching with nails and caulk. This seems to help keep the miters tight and not subject to the movement of the 1X wood cover.

I’ll try to post photos of my deck posts soon.

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posted 06-21-2009 01:59 PM

looks great…very nice work….really makes the front of the house “pop”.......good work …

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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posted 08-07-2009 05:35 PM

looks fantastic. You gave the house real character. I miss the bungelow we owned a few years back.

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posted 08-08-2009 04:50 PM

Thats a great porch.


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posted 09-10-2009 08:15 PM

great job. I looks like a totally different house.

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posted 01-18-2010 05:26 PM

That turned out amazing! Great looking porch!

-- Janice

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posted 03-08-2010 01:16 AM

Great work. I love the way you did the columns. Did you make those up yourself or have a millwork house do them?

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posted 03-08-2010 06:40 PM

Thanks! I made them myself. It was the funnest part of the project!

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posted 03-08-2010 11:05 PM

This is the type of work I love doing, well done, looks great.

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posted 08-26-2010 02:16 AM

Wow. That is truly amazing work! It looks fantastic and what a great upgrade on your home’s curb appeal. Good color choices on paint too, the gray really helps define the whites.

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