Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Peeking into the future

Since I'm chatting with our contractors via facebook plotting and planning a 2012 project, I thought I might as well post here a little doodad I threw together using Paint.

Quick and easy - that's how I like'em!

Behold! I present unto thee a future vision of The Ugly Duckling !

This vision includes replacing the current 1980s wrought-iron railing with a sturdier and historically more accurate wooden railing which will be safer and optically more pleasing, possibly a new fence with gentle swoops to both soften all and provide contrast to all the straight lines of our house and finally, the original door back in its original place by the porch steps.

This rendition does not include a faux transom window above the door (faux because our ceilings are dropped and would interfere with an actual transom). Ours got removed, most likely when the door was moved, but fortunately both houses to the left still have theirs and since the Ugly Duckling is an exact copy of one of the houses and almost 99% copy of the other, we know what its original transom would have looked like and are able to shamelessly copy them.

So, there you have it: our vision for what the Ugly Duckling should look like (plus a new coat of paint and maybe some landscaping) by the end of 2012. What do you think?


  1. well done, keep it on the fridge and keep yourself positive through the renovations, it is tough going but keeping this pic in mind will see you through it!

  2. It's going to look lovely! I like the 'swooping' fence out front. :) I'm in the process of finding someone to re-do my front porch, and I can't wait for it to be more period-appropriate, too. :)

    Do you know what type of wood you'll use?

  3. I love how it looks "just right" with the proper, historically accurate door placement, porch railing and picket fence. I can't "document" the swoopy fence but there are fences like that in the neighborhood. We'll be using regular pressure-treated wood and then paint it.

    Your house will look lovely with a beefier front porch! I can't wait to see it.

  4. That will look fantastic! Good luck with the renovations!