Final Tour of the Restored "Bench" Porch House

Project: Elmwood Neighborhood, Episode 6, Part 4



Bob joins homeowner Judi Lee for a restoration project involving a side "bench porch" that has been badly damaged by water and decay.

Carpenters Bob Ryley and Terry Bates are on site, and, before starting demolition, Terry explains the scope of the job. Next, Bob checks in with Amadeo DiRocco, who is doing some masonry foundation repair.

Terry continues work with new shingles, new railings from Forester Moulding, and new Chadsworth's columns.

Steps are taken to prevent future water damage to the richly-hued exterior. And last, a new screen door is hung, right as the landscaping (including the installation of a new sprinkler system) gets underway.
Part 1: House Five: Queen Anne Victorian Porch Restoration
Part 2: Porch Restoration: Custom Reproduction Moldings and Chatsworth's Columns
Part 3: Porch Railing and Screen Door Installation
Part 4: Final Tour of the Restored "Bench" Porch House
Bob tours the finished house, the fifth in the Elmwood neighborhood project. The re-milled spindles and new posts are a great improvement. Plus, better grading in the yard, a rebuilt trough, and gutters that are pitched to the downspout have all been added to prevent future water damage to the porch.
The theme of community building in the historic Elmwood neighborhood of Providence, RI, is the focus of this project. Rather than tackling one house, Bob Vila is helping 11 neighbors tackle smaller projects like porches, kitchens, bathrooms, and even a third-floor artist's studio.

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