Instructor: David Gibney
Porch Restoration will teach the student what to consider and how to proceed when faced with a porch or portico restoration project. The course will cover assessing a porch for damage or decay, researching appropriate components for the structure’s age, the methods for repairing all components and when and how it is proper to replicate components.
Using lectures, demonstrations and lab practice during each lesson, the course will address the following topics: The history of U.S. styles of architecture as related to porches; the Secretary of Interior’s Standards applied to porches; the structural parts of a porch, assessing types and causes of damage in porches; addressing incorrect non-original details on porches; how to determine what was original on a porch; the proper use of epoxy in the repair of wood components; the replication of components using wood; the replication of components using rubber molds; the replication or repair of plaster components; and the proper use of paints and colors on porches. Finally, the student will consider the value of porches in energy conservation, and how to design an appropriate period porch for any historic structure.
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