In this historic home renovation in the Irving Park neighborhood of Chicago, we did a complete update of the outside of this century-old house. We replaced the siding on the house with a brick-colored fiber cement siding, and all of the wood trim was done in white Azek PVC trim board, which is impervious to moisture and insects so it will stay looking like new for years to come. Where the strips of the siding come together at an angle, we used clear miter caps on the edges to create a smooth, unified look.
The front porch was completely rebuilt with decking and railings made out of Trex, a PVC-based wood alternative, and a ceiling made out of Douglas Pine. We changed the porch soffits from aluminum to Douglas Pine and added electrical outlets to the porch ceiling to make it easy to plug in Christmas lights.
At the front of the porch, we added stone supporting pillars, rebuilt the front staircase and installed a beautiful paver walkway that matched the color of the stone pillars.