Old house front step suggestions?

paarlbergAugust 15, 2013

We are building a home that I designed to look like a home from late 1800's or early 1900's. I am trying to make the final decision on the front steps and how they should look. This will have to meet code as well.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. I want to keep with the look of an older home.

This is a view of the porch.

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Here is another view of the porch/house

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 1:51PM
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i would think you'd want the riser to be brick that matches the house and the tread to be some kind of hard rock.

i'm curious what others think.

great home, by the way!

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 2:46PM
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Thanks, we have been working on it since February 2009. Paying as you go takes a lot longer :-(

What should the railing/sides look like? Should I build a flat (height of the porch) side wall, sloping or multi-level?

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 3:17PM
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I would go with stone or wood steps.

For the railing, a proper balustrade with rails and balusters is the solution...but keep them as low as possible so it won't look so out of scale as modern alterations do.

Sloping walls as railings are for bungalow-style houses, or shingle style...I don't get that vibe from your design, so it would not look right for the house. Study some period plan books for ideas, you can find some online or from Dover Books.

Are those columns the final size, or the centers for the final ones? They are too skinny for the look you are aiming at.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 11:20PM
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The columns will be 10" (possibly 12") wide , those are only the 6x6 supports.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 10:37AM
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