Details for a Sweet Entry Porch
Simple new entry stairs and railings respect the home’s design.
Synopsis: In this article, Minnesota carpenter Brian Campbell demonstrates how he demolished an old concrete stoop and built a simple and stylish entry porch in its place. Campbell’s water-resistant details will add years to the life of the decking and the railing, while his repetition of existing architectural details makes the small porch look like it’s always been a part of the house.
When the owners of this small, steeply roofed Tudor cottage asked me to replace their existing concrete stoop with a new front porch, I looked for period details to tie the new work to the old house. There was also a practical problem to solve: The foundation wall where the stoop had been had water-intrusion issues. The homeowners hoped that in addition to complementing the house, my work would help to dry the basement.
Because I could use the footings and two stemwalls that had…