Enclosed front porch question--and bungalow pics!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2003 2:41 pm
Well, since everyone ELSE is sharing their bungalow pictures...I'll TRY to attach a link to some photos of our humble 1928 bungalow in South Portland, Maine (a neighborhood rich with bungalows, by the way). Let me know if it works! <br> <br>My question for you all refers to our enclosed front porch, which you'll (hopefully) see in the photos. Now, I think of porch enclosures as being odious post-war "improvements" (much like the yucky siding that's also evident in the photos); however, our enclosure has features that make me think it dates to WAY before WWII, possibly even to the date of the house's construction. These are: a hardwood floor that exactly matches floors inside the house, tall substantial baseboards with a coved molded edge, window moldings that match original moldings on the interior, and obviously old, substantial doors leading both to the living room and to the outside. So...what's the deal with this? Does anyone know of porches being enclosed concurrent with construction, or immediately afterward? And what would you suggest for restoration, given that the standard thing would be to un-enclose the porch? <br> <br>

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2003 2:42 pm
Jessica -- My late husband and I bought our house from the woman who built it. I have owned it for 40 years. She had been in it since 1926, and the front porch always was enclosed. There is a good chance that yours was also, due to location and weather. My front porch always had heat and I use it all year. I love it. I can't get your pictures and I would love to see your house. My E-Mail is added if you can send them that way. Thanks Theo <br> <br>

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2003 2:42 pm
Your house resembles a four-square more than a bunaglow. Maybe the porch was enclosed as part of the original construction.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2003 2:43 pm
Your house is not a four-square - it's a bungalow. Is there a break in the exterior siding? Some other clue to this being closed in at a later date?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2003 2:43 pm
Does the floor angle down? While mine is also enclosed, and it looks very nice, I am guessing mine wasn't original as the floor angles down which I assume was for rain drainage. Also there was an exterior light next to the door. <br> <br>

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2003 2:43 pm
Thanks for speaking up for the bungalow-ness of my house. I knew it wasn't a foursquare, although I grant you that it's no architectural masterpiece like a Craftsman bungalow or one of those great Midwestern hybrids. Lots of Maine bungalows are beach-cottage type houses with very simple designs; this obviously fits into that category. We think it may be a kit house, although we haven't really searched yet for markings on the beams--it closely resembles the Sears Kismet design, though. <br> <br>Anyway, no break in the siding--but that's probably not really a clue since the siding was probably added in the 1980s. As for hardware, there are no sash locks at all on the windows on the porch (so we don't keep valuables out there!). The doorknob looks like weathered brass--just like the door to the LR, which would supposedly have been the original front door. I haven't checked either for a date but I'll do so tonight. Thanks for the tips, and keep the insights coming! <br> <br> <br> <br>

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2003 2:44 pm
Maybe the original owners closed in the porch soon after they built it. I doubt they would have done it originally, but since the materials are so similar, maybe they decided they did not really need the porch up north after they built it. What about the door and window hardware? Are they identical, or are there any dates or markings on them? <br> <br>

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