Century-old stone porch gets much-needed repairs

Century-old stone porch gets much-needed repairs

Carl Lawson's once-beautiful porch was crumbling.

A portion of the 100-year-old concrete porch, which wraps around two sides of the house, needed extensive structural restoration.

Lawson and his family had lived in the Naugatuck, Conn., house since 1976. The old porch was a pivotal part of their home life. Over the years, it had hosted birthday and graduation parties and the occasional picnic.

"We have our barbecue set up out there and a picnic table and furniture," Lawson says. "We have plants and flowers in the summer. We also use it for relaxing with a cup of tea. We don't have any electric lights out there because we like the rustic feel."

But the edge of the porch had some cracks in it when they bought the house, likely caused by the settling many years before.

"Gradually, water damage caused the cracks to get worse until a large section broke off earlier this year," Lawson says. "We knew we had to do something."

Lawson logged onto Angie's List, where he searched for someone who could make the expensive repairs necessary. In short order, he found the perfect contractor.

The contractor replaced the porch's damaged edges with reinforced concrete, pointed seven supporting pillars and poured a new floor at the ground level, Lawson says.

"Having [the porch] fully restored is a great feeling," Lawson says. "We'll be sure to check Angie's List before we start our next project."

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