Episode Three of our First Season of Boise Boys marks our half-way point, and what better way to end the first half of the season than with the renovation of a beautiful 1915 Victorian --- triplex.  Wait, what?  Triplex?  That’s right – Triplex!  At some point in the last century the Victorian with the amazing front porch had been converted to contain three living units complete with kitchens.  Not only did we have the challenge of recreating a single-family home, we also had to deal with several other issues including smoke damage.  Despite the challenges we knew we couldn’t pass up the “Porch House.”

LUKE: I immediately fell in love with the charm and character of this house. That porch alone was enough reason to pick this house, but more than anything I really felt like there could be a beautiful story of redemption with this home.  Despite the years of neglect, I wanted to see the beauty and character of the Porch House restored.  I also wanted to see that giant ugly Juniper disappear ASAP!

CLINT:  Disappearing that Juniper bush/tree/monster was going to be easy (and a little fun) since I had the right tools for the job – some chain, my truck, and my trailer hitch!  But, I had my doubts about the rest of the house.  It was rough… not just a little rough, but really rough!  There had been fires and that porch would need more than just a little work, and that’s before Luke starts in on moving walls, kitchens, sanity, etc.

LUKE:  Design and flow wise this house was really a challenge. Since it now was 3 separate units it was very choppy not to mention three kitchens! Walls would have to be moved not only restore the home to a single-family but to bring in more light and allow the space to breathe.  I love whites, wood, and light; however, the style of the Porch House was crying for some bold historic paint colors on the interior and exterior.  I can’t wait till I tell Clint what I have in store for the master bedroom!

CLINT: I love the craftsmanship of the homes from the early 1900s.  They were just built better.  The wall studs weren’t covered with sheetrock in those days.  They used lathe and plaster.  The lathe was created by nailing thin strips of wood to the two-by-fours in the walls and then the lathe was coated with a thick plaster.  This process added to the overall structural integrity of the home; so, I was hoping Luke wasn’t hoping to tear-out too many walls.

LUKE: This home was underserved by the location and the size of the kitchen.  So, since we didn’t really have to tear-out that many walls I wasn’t as apprehensive about pushing to relocate and enlarge the kitchen to make it truly the center of the home. This decision changed the whole feel and functionality of the downstairs. This home was crying out for a large classic kitchen with old-world charm and appliances to match!  I also had some big plans for the upstairs as well.

CLINT:  This house was full of surprises both good and bad. From the smoke damage in the master to beautiful hidden pocket doors I discovered in the living room- they just kept coming. It’s so smart to remember when renovating a house to create a large buffer because you will always have surprises.

LUKE: Once we decided the upstairs bedroom was going to be the master we had a lot of work ahead of us. The room really started to come together with Clint vaulting the ceiling. The fireplace was beautiful as is and just needed to be converted to gas and cleaned up. The en suite bathroom was a whole different story.

The goal was to turn a kitchen into a gorgeous bathroom. I started with a classic white tile all throughout while adding a space for a separate shower. Clint did an amazing job on that tub and I really feel like the vanity brought everything together. Lets be honest this space was feeling real romantic.

We hope you have enjoyed this episode and we hope this blog has helped fill-in a few more aspects of the Porch House!  Keep coming back for more behind the scenes, how-to’s, design tips, and fun with the Boise Boys.


Luke and Clint