Couple Restores Wrap-Around Porch on a Folk Victorian (PHOTOS)

Couple Restores Wrap-Around Porch on a Folk Victorian

United States

Katie Brashear-Nihart and David Nihart painstakingly restored their c.1874 Victorian. The couple told This Old House, “The previous folks made a lot of changes, including ripping off much of the original porch rather than repairing the rot. But they gave us a picture of a painting of the exterior as it looked in 1950, and we were inspired. We spent six months renovating the facade to nearly match that image, all the way down to the tongue-and-groove hemlock flooring.” The Nihart family told This Old House that they were only the third family to own the home. “We spent six months renovating the facade to nearly match that image, all the way down to the tongue-and-groove hemlock flooring. It took Dave and my stepdad 12 hours to dig holes for the porch columns because the ground is more rock than soil. We hired an Amish man to hand-build our railing, which I painted. A local pastor painted the rest of the exterior himself during the week as his side job—it took him six weeks!”



 

 

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