Entries by Dan Miller

806 W. Highland

When the current owners bought their house it had wide exposure aluminum siding  and the porch balustrade was missing. The owners have spent years getting the original details replaced. I made a mockup for a proposed porch balustrade.  I used two sizes of spindles to give them a choice. I did not make or install […]

530 S. Liberty

When the current owners purchased 530 S. Liberty they knew the porch posts were unusual and probably not original but they had no idea what would be appropriate for their home as shown below.   At the five year point of their ownership the Historicl Society was given old plan books from some prominent architects. […]

Our Back Porch

Our Back Porch This is our back porch when we bought the house in 1986.  Probably in the 20’s they enclosed the porch and stuccoed the building.  They moved the wall with the window on the left out five feet to enlarge the kitchen for one of five apartments.  The wall on the  right of […]

375 Prairie

When Bob and Beth Tierney bought 375 Prairie it needed a lot of work.  The porch was rotting off and the paint was peeling. They applied for and got a grant to rebuild the front porch. I made all of the pieces they needed matching the originals exactly – rails, balusters, apron frame, post bases, […]

The porch I would love to build

The David C. Cook mansion at 105 N. Gifford  was built in 1885 for David C. Cook, the son of a Methodist minister and prominent Elgin publisher. It cost $10,000 to build.   The wonderful porch as seen in the old picture below is one that we hope to have a chance to get rebuild. […]

Recreated porch at 396 Division

396 Division had its original front porch taken off some time ago as shown below. Luckily there are old pictures of the home available showing a front porch. An appropriate porch was put back. Here is the home before the paint was stripped off.   Taking the paint off made an incredible difference as shown below […]

Parade porch balustrade from an old drawing

In the 50’s the home shown below was moved across the street to make room for parking and an addition onto Elgin High School. There is an old picture of the house that was found at the Historical Society Museum.  It shows that  the tiny parade porch above the main porch  had a curved balustrade […]

Appropriate porch for next door

This home is next door to ours.   In the 25 years we have lived here it was filled with too many people with too many cars and too many kids.  It was foreclosed upon and put on the market in 2010.  We decided to buy it to improve our quality of life.  We had to […]

Porch put back from a picture

  A young couple bought the house across the street from us in 2003.  Shortly after they bought it they painted it and got a 50/50 grant to put a cedar shingle roof on it.  It is heartwarming to see newcomers to the world of old houses do things the best way.  As you can […]

An appropriate porch for an 1870’s home

Adding an appropriate porch for an 1870’s home A single woman owns this house.  She knew the porch and picture window did not go along with the 1875 date that her house was built. She was determined to do right by her house even getting a second job to pay for it. A 50/50 architectural […]