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Victorian Splendor

Originally designed by J. Merrill Brown in 1887, this Queen Anne style home sits proudly in Cambridge's Avon Hill Historic District. Past was blended with present in the restoration of this property to its original 19th century elegance. The design satisfied historical requirements with its attention to authentic detailsand materials; it also satisfied the wishes of the family who has been connected to the house through several generations.

Photo Credit: Peter Vanderwarker

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August 22, 2014
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Yes the deck boards are spaced apart. Roughly 1/4" space. However this all depends on what type of wood you are using and when you are installing the decking. Moisture and humidity make the deck boards swell and contract during different seasons. Highly suggest doing some research on your area before you make a final decision.
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Couldn't have said it better Siemasko + Vebridge.

It all depends on the exposure the porch has to the environment. Lots of rain and sun will require a large gap for movement and drainage, but if a porch doesn't see any rain or direct sunlight tongue and groove could be an option.
    Bookmark   November 14, 2014 at 4:27PM
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June 22, 2014
degraff47 wrote:
How is the rail attached to the pillars?
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Thanks for your question. There is a pin drilled into the stone that lays flat underneath the rail and then a screw is drilled in through the pin and into the underside of the rail.
    Bookmark   July 11, 2014 at 5:58AM
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February 17, 2014
borno wrote:
The pillars are great and unusual. Where are they from?
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Thanks for your question Borno. This railing and pillars were existing to this Queen Anne home prior to renovation. Sections that were damaged were replaced with matching pieces that had to be custom made.
    Bookmark   February 18, 2014 at 5:07AM
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January 9, 2014
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Yes, they are pretty awesome!
    Bookmark   January 13, 2014 at 4:59AM
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August 27, 2013
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Thanks for your question. The decking is 1x4.
    Bookmark   August 29, 2013 at 4:51AM
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August 26, 2013
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Thanks for your question aliciapie. The ceiling of the porch was original to the house, it was refinished and stained. I believe it was mahogany.
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July 2, 2013
marnilouise wrote:
What stain was used on the mahogany floor, please.? - What stain was used on the mahogany floor, please?
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Thanks for your question. We don't have the name of the exact stain that was used for this porch floor.
    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 5:01AM
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May 30, 2013
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Sarahseppala, did you have a question about this photo?
    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 5:05AM
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April 28, 2013
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Thanks for the question! All paint is by Benjamin Moore's Historic Color Collection. Here's the breakdown and please remember true colors vary in digital media. Always test before you purchase.

Shingles - Huntington Beige HC-21:
Clapboards - Crownpoint Sand HC-90:
Trim - Greenmount Silk HC-3:
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April 12, 2013
jessieg wrote:
What is the decking material? It's gorgeous! - What is the Manufacturer and color of the deck boards?
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Thanks for your question. The decking is mahogany, no specific manufacturer.
1 Like    Bookmark   April 15, 2013 at 5:15AM
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what it the curved gutter secion made from - is it wood or an azek
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