In addition to the sill work, structural repairs were also done to the attic and front entrance to the carriage house.
A common "re-muddling" mistake with Victorian carriage houses is the enlarging of the front door to accompany
automobiles. The front entrance to most Victorian carriage houses was no wider than 10' - 12' to allow
carriages entrance. With the advent of the automobile, on many carriage houses the entrance has been
widened, and modern style garage doors installed.
In all of the carriage house restorations Renaissance Restorations has performed, this "work" has end resulted in
structural problems with the carriage house, including sagging roofs, cracked support beams and additional
problems. By having an understanding of Victorian construction methods, and applying modern building
code rules & methods, Renaissance Restorations has been able to correct these problems.
As shown in the photo below, there is a noticeable sag just to the right of the basketball hoop. The arrow
in the photograph shows where the opening was enlarged, end resulting in structural issues.
The 2nd floor support plate was found to be cracked due to stress and insect/water damage and
removed. A new beam was fabricated and installed as well as additional structural repairs
of Exterior Staircase
A "re-muddling" effort resulted in the installation of an exterior set of stairs that failed to meet
building code. A custom set of stairs in a Victorian theme was installed.
Stairs Before Reconstruction
New Stairs Installed
A custom made
door to the basement of the Carriage House was also made