• December 18, 2008

Tiny Space, Huge Project

All the stages of our Craftsman bungalow back porch restoration

Before and After, Exteriors,

bp_beforeafterEnclosed back porch, Before and After

When we purchased our bungalow it was covered in asbestos siding.

bp_01Our enclosed back porch covered in asbestos siding. 2003

The asbestos siding was in such poor condition that we decided to take our chances and remove it.

bp_02What we found underneath was a poorly constructed porch enclosure. 2004

Underneath the asbestos we found a poorly constructed, rotting enclosure. The enclosure was built with scrap wood and odds and ends.

bp_11Siding made from found odds and ends. The window juts out 10″ from the wall.

We were unsure what to do and didn’t want to put a lot of money into this little back porch. I considered covering over the whole mess with siding and dealing with it at a later date. I was lucky enough to receive some sage advice from a more experienced house restorer, “Covering over this would be like trying to fix a skull fracture with a band aid!”

bp_03The only thing left to do was to tear the whole mess down. 


bp_04The back door has been relocated to provide  a better traffic flow. Temporary plywood enclosure. 


bp_05New wood siding is a treated with an insecticide to prevent termites. Stained glass windows from a 1915 house found on eBay.


bp_06Primed and ready for paint.


bp_07Testing the final 2 paint color combinations. 


bp_08The house gets painted. 


bp_09The new back porch. 2004

Comments { 10 }
  1. Todd

    Very nice transformation. It’s nice to see folks taking the time to fix something correctly. The reason you found such a mess under the old siding was someone never took the time to do the job correctly. Great choice on the colors as well!!

  2. Jennfier

    Very nice! We removed the asbestos siding on our house, too… not too scary if you do it right!

  3. Artie

    WOW! Beautiful! It’s funny, our house is this color too, with the same red accents, and the same shingle siding. I am lucky not to have had that sort of a repair necessary in this old beauty. I’m sure you’re so happy now that it’s done though … I hope there are interior pictures of it around here somewhere. Off to see more!

  4. sandy

    Do you mind if I ask what paint colors specifically you used for your exterior? I really love it and my husband and I just opened escrow on a 1908 bungalow that is in dire need of a paint job!

  5. Sarah

    The colors look great! Could you possibly tell me which specific colors you used? We are considering going with this sort of color scheme for our 1911 bungalow.

  6. Michelle

    This is fantastic! Would you mind sharing the name of the carpenter/contractor who did your work? I’m looking into restoring our front porch in the LA Area. Thank you!

  7. Tre

    Hey, guys, question – my 1914 craftsman has asbestos siding. How is it properly removed?

  8. Molly

    Hi, LOVE everything you’ve done with your home! 1.5 years ago we purchased a 1921 2-story Craftsman Bungalow. The inside has been, for the most part, treated nicely (original wood floors, never painted built-in buffet, bookcases, window trim and pillars. BUT, the exterior is hideous. It’s red from head to toe. For real. The roof is red, the siding is red (original wood siding), and allllll the trim is red. The siding (the upper shakes and the lower wood) is in awful shape – they didn’t bother to scrape before spraying the paint on a few years ago, so it’s all peeling and chipping off, as well as quite a bit of rot. To re-do the roof and have the siding restored, we’re looking at least at a $25K price tag. I’m wondering if you know of any new material such as vinyl (shiver) that HONESTLY looks like REAL original siding??? We’re scared to death to have it all scraped, repaired, and painted only to have to do it again every 10 years. Any ideas?

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