September 1, 1998
Q: Our house has a textured-concrete walkway, and we would like to add a similar surface to an existing poured-concrete porch. Every contractor we’ve talked to wants to tear the old…
July 1, 1998
Q: I am building wood-frame screens for my porch and would like to know the best way to attach aluminum screening to those frames. Jim Farrell, Harvard, MA A: Rex Alexander,…
March 1, 1998
Low-maintenance materials combine with traditional details in a light-filled addition.
March 1, 1997
Carefully proportioned use of flat boards, stock moldings and standard windows helps to create a space for all seasons.
July 1, 1996
A timber-framed, screened-in porch with an awning roof keeps out insects but comes down easily to let in winter sun.
July 1, 1995
Wide overhangs and a wraparound stone patio keep this elegant outdoor-living area cool and dry.
May 1, 1995
In my line of restoration work, I spend a fair amount of time straightening out the sags in a house that set in over time. Porch roofs are typical victims…
November 1, 1994
Q: About six months ago I built a porch from pressure-treated lumber. I would like to know the best way to prime and paint—not stain—the treated wood. Kenneth Finney, Pittsburgh, PA…
March 1, 1994
From a hip-framed floor that slopes in three directions to a coffered ceiling, a veteran carpenter builds his porch his way.
May 1, 1993
For a long, healthy life, these structures need a breath of fresh air.
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