Designworks's designer Ivan Myers has begun working on a classical porch retrofit for a Victorian era home in Denver's Santa Fe Art District. In addition to designing the porch he has been getting dirty with a flooring replacement and exposing some brick on a small bedroom wall. See some of the before pictures below.
The old aluminum awning and steel supports post-date the age of the house (1884), and was in the way of the gable repair that was needed. Additionally, it severely cheapened the character of the house. Attaching a porch of such a size presents a unique challenge on such an old house. The house is constructed of load-bearing brick, but it's soft and we don't want to put much of a lateral load on it. Therefore, the new porch needs to be designed as a self-suporting, free-standing structure so as not to stress the facad. These old houses were designed and constructed with a useful life that far exceeds those built today. The why and how of these old houses is for another post, but the moral here is: don't treat them like a contemporary house. In this case, we don't want to put a grip of lag bolts into the old soft brick.
Below is a concept sketch for the proposed porch. We are currently in the permitting process; stay tuned for construction pictures as it progresses.