Tour of the Restored Victorian Front Porch and Garden

Project: Elmwood Neighborhood, Episode 7, Part 4

At the sixth Elmwood neighborhood project house, Bob meets Berry-Jean Murray and Celeste Duclos, the owners of a Victorian home with a front porch under restoration.

Carpenters Bob Ryley and Terry Bates are underway doing demolition work and have removed the porch's old columns. Next, the new decking is installed, along with new columns and railings.

New lighting will be put in, as well a new alarm. Plus, landscaping work is being done, and a new sprinkler system being added.

Additional information is available about creating custom millwork for your own restoration project. Preventing carpenter ants and controlling termite infestation are also covered.
Part 1: House Six: Portico Restoration, Hardscaping, and Landscaping
Part 2: Fighting Carpenter Ants and Repairing the Porch
Part 3: Installing a Brick Walkway and Porch Lighting, and Milling the Railings and Balusters
Part 4: Tour of the Restored Victorian Front Porch and Garden
Once the boxwood bushes are delivered, the landscape is complete. On the porch, Steve Moore (from Architectural Brass) installs the polished, antique hardware on the front door.

Forester Moulding and Lumber has milled new balusters and railings. The finishing touch is replacing the missing curved balustrade on the second story of the house.

A newly planted rose garden in front of the house complements the herringbone walkway and the overall design of the entrance to the house.
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.