Sunday, October 08, 2006

This Old House II

More progress...

There are two porches, big one on the south side and a small one on the north side. This first pic shows the southern porch and the bedroom windows above it all spruced up and primed for paint.

The north porch in the next picture is primed and ready, too. You can start to see the vision revealed in here. The brown-red hue on the porches and the guttering, complemented by the black eyelashes and bracings, really is going to look nice, we think.

Its not really an actual textbook Victorian color scheme, but our house, though built in that time, does not really reflect Victorian design values any way, so we don't care. Our goal is to preserve and enhance the appearance.

My hope is the guys will get done with the painting this week. My in-laws are coming up from Texas this week, probably arriving Friday. There is still a lot to do, but if the weather holds, it could happen.


Rick Lee said...

What a cool house. I love to see Victorian houses get their proper Victorian paint schemes. For too many years people have just slapped on the white paint which destroys the character of the house. A few years ago I was asked to do a pastel painting of a Victorian house and while I was shooting some reference photos, the proud owner asked me what I thought about the restoration job. I said, "Well, it looks solid, but the 2 shades of beige seems rather timid for a Victorian". The fellow looked at the ground and said "Dang, the architect we consulted with gave us a recommended color scheme with about 10 different colors of paint and frankly, it just scared us to death. Your comment makes me think we made a mistake now".

Barry Pike said...

Thanks, Rick. Yes, we love this place. It has so much character and history. My hope is that I'll always live in an old house, to be honest. Anything with less than a 10-ft ceiling feels cramped now.

The design is Victorian in many ways, but it really is a hybrid...there are aspects of Federal style, too. And it has gone through a number of remodels, the first one we know about for sure was in the 1930's. That involved removing what was probably the original, and by then dilapidated, wrap around porch that was turned into the two separate porches.