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Front Porch

The Challenge:

This is a home across from the Boise Co-op, deep in the historic North End District. The challenge was to create a separate entrance from the triplex, and provide an entry/mudroom to buffer the noise and headlights from the market that were shining into the home. Any alteration of the front facade of a home in this district requires permission from the Historic Commission, and must meet strict specific national historic guidelines.

The Idea:

Demolish the 1970’s porch and enclose it, relocating the front door to improve security. We wanted to create a functional space that compliments the historic home while creating a noise and light buffer. The key was to  still allow natural light to enter the home.

The Solution:

We came up with a great design after locating an old images of the home in the 1950’s. We then produced renderings. Our case was an uphill battle and we had to argue the merits of the plan multiple times before the commission and city council. We were able to create a convincing enough argument to be allowed to complete the project.

The Details:

Custom arched Anderson window. Hardwood floors, marble tile inlay, re-purposed front door, harmonizing stucco, arched entry and portico

Investment Range: $34,000

Time Frame: 9 weeks