This traditional custom built wood front porch stairs and entry is a great example of quality craftsmanship. It fits seamlessly with the historic craftsman home, and provides a landing when entering where there was none before. There was a coordinated collaboration between the owner, and Westbrook Carpentry & Millwork through a design build process that was about quality craftsmanship. The owners not only wanted to add value to the historic home by matching the era architecturally, but also be built to code, and provide a seamless approach. They wanted a custom traditional built front entry. Originally there wasn’t a landing at the entry door. Actually this original porch entry into the porch wasn’t original at all. Originally it was a historic traditional open front porch. Someone along the way enclosed the porch and installed an entry door where non existed before. That would have been the location of the last riser step unto the porch. The problem is, thats the last step onto the porch. So with a door there, a person has to stand on the step below to open the door. Thats a very cumbersome unsafe way to enter, especially if hands are full of carrying something! (See Photo Below) It is very common for historic home porches to become enclosed along the way. But what’s equally common, is the mistake of not considering the space to provide an adequate landing to enter the new door. This is exactly why design and experience of a master craftsman is so important, especially when matching the era of historic architectural applications modifying the front look of your home. Ive seen so many historic and vintage home front stairs botched by modern materials, deck builders, diy’ers all for a cheap price. There is little to no consideration to the depth of design and building architecture experience needed to ensure upping the long term value of your home. In fact many of these less than building practices decrease the value of your home, and if not, certainly decrease the visual beauty where it really counts. The street appeal of your home!
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This photo shows what was existing. An extremely poor application for an entry in so may ways.