From a nondescript post-World War II home emerges a bungalow-style porch with strong ties to the early twentieth-century Craftsman era. Bricks salvaged from the original faade and then reassembled to clad the column bases lend the new front porch a lived-in look. The copper caps on the columns and posts were custom fabricated by Carroll M. Ficklin Roofing of Gaithersburg, Md. The siding and trim is FSC-certified eastern white cedar.

Landis Construction of Washington, D.C., which designed and built the porch, used Lyptus for the decking. This fast-growing Eucalyptus hybrid is imported from Brazil and distributed by Weyerhaeuser. Though it's normally an indoor product, it could be used in this project because the porch was covered; all six sides of each board were finished before installation and the surface got another coat of finish after the floor was installed. — Laurie Elden