I’m not sure why I started thinking about this yesterday, but now I can’t stop. I want to put cresting around the perimeter of the front porch roof. If I was really ambitious, and really wealthy, I would put it along the tops of all the roof gables as well.
For those not familiar with it, cresting is decorative iron work that was very popular in the second half of the 19th century on Victorian homes. A quick Google search found Capital Crestings. Your one-stop-shopping source for all your cresting and decorative iron works needs.
If you recall, the front porch roof has two open sides that total about 20 feet. If you don’t recall, there is a picture of the front porch at the bottom. The cresting comes in roughly 4 foot lengths, plus I would need one Finial for the outside corner. The prices shown are for 5 sections plus a finial. Shipping would be extra. Here are a few I’m looking at. It’s no coincidence that these are some of the least expensive offered by Capital Cresting.
The Windsor – 11-inches high - $500
The Windsor Finial – 22-inches high
The Chelsea – 19-inches high - $600
The Chelsea Finial - 35-inches high
The Gramercy – 18-inches high - $700
The Gramercy Final – 35-inches high
The Cortez – 21-inches high - $760
The Cortez Final – 35-inches high
So far, I like The Chelsea the best. Of course, I really need to finish painting the house first. The weather is gloomy and cold today, so that's why I'm here dreaming of cresting instead of out scraping paint off Section 5b.
Just out of curiosity I went up in the attic and measured the 5 main gables. To do the whole house, including the porch, would run me a little under $3000 for The Chelsea. The money is an issue, of course. I think the worst part would be the installation, though.