New York Avenue Porch

Rodrigo and Nora found a gem of a house perched on a hill at rib throwing distance from Sam’s BarBQ.  It’s pale painted cedar shingles and simple form conceal a cool, spare, and airy interior with awesome corner windows and a growing collection of all things cool – art, furniture, awesome wood floors and an incredible nursery for the project’s muse, their first child.  Lucky for Moontower a friend of Nora’s mother recommended a motley assortment of design/builders she read about in a Tribeza article, thanks MOM!  With a wood frame, tile covered porch threatening to swallow up any visiting grandparents a new stoop was at the top of the list for exterior improvements to compliment the well nested interior.

An outdoor master plan was step one and included a stepping path of rectangular stone from the street and down hill mail box, an outdoor living room shaded by the mature oak in the front yard and an everyday path to the rear alley parking area.  With a plan for the distant future on paper, we sharpened our pencils and estimated a scope that could be completed ASAP.   The finished project includes the stone path to an existing front gate, re-done porch of solid, rough sawn cedar lumber and a new terrace of crushed limestone edged in steel to reduce the deck to ground height to 30″ along with a full length solid cedar bench supported by minimally detailed steel boxes.


Design by Moontower
Construction by Moontower
Photography © Mark Richardson
Special thanks to:
Brockett Hamilton
Bryan Crowell
Shawn Latta
Leo Trujillo