The front porch on this older home in downtown Cincinnati was deteriorated and had become unsafe. Because of its age, it did not meet the current building codes. One of the pictures shows the floor joists disconnected at the steps end of the porch making the porch unsafe. The decking on the porch was all that was holding up the joists. The porch columns were replaced with fiberglass columns that will not deteriorate like wood, but can be painted just like wood. The handrail height and spindle spacing was not up to the current building code, so it was also replaced.
We pulled a permit and re-built the front porch to bring it up to current building codes. Not only is it safer, it looks great and will last a long time.