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Fredericksburg, TX

Amazing Fretwork and Sunday Houses with Porches

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Fredericksburg Texas is not only a popular get-away town in the Texas Hill Country but also can boast of its wonderfully adorned front porches.

Rich in German immigrant history and the peach capital of Texas, this picturesque community was a fun place that Mary and I visited on a wonderful spring day.

Mary and I, along with our guides and friends Gregory and Holly Tatsch, founders of Vintage Woodworks, had a fun day photographing many of the wonderful porches in Fredericksburg.


large wrap around front porch in Fredericksburg TX
A Wrap-Around Texas Front Porch with Fretwork and Picket Fence




large front porch in Fredericksburg TX
A Delightful Texas Front Porch




idyllic front porch in Fredericksburg TX
Another Most Charming Texas Front Porch


There was a wonderful porch in every direction in Fredericksburg; we won't tell you how many photos we took - here's but a small sample. (Mary says I shouldn't mention that we took several hundred photos.)



Enjoy Our Porch Pictures from Fredericksburg Texas



beautiful fretwork on porch in Fredericksburg TX
Perfectly matched fretwork makes for an amazing looking front porch
We love the metal gate too!


We couldn't help but notice just how many porches were adorned with exterior house trim. As you will note in the following photos, the ideal exterior trim can transition your porch from quaint to spectacular!



charming front porch with column brackets in Fredericksburg Texas
Column brackets boost porch appeal


Note how the size of porch columns affects the overall appeal of the home. On the porch above, standard 4x4 porch columns with brackets give this porch a more "airy and open" appeal whereas, the porch columns below give this porch a bolder look. Both work well with the architecture of the homes.

striped porch curtains on blue front porch
Attractive striped porch curtains for both privacy and comfort


Outdoor porch curtains help your porch stay clean and protect you from the sun, dust, wind, or rain. You can find them in a myriad of patterns and colors. You can even make your own outdoor porch curtains.



white display cabinet on front porch
Charming white display cabinet on front porch


Adding a curio cabinet or other like piece of furniture on your porch creates a nice focal point and is definitely a conversation starter for guests.



Mary and I love picket fences like the one below. There's just something about a white picket fence in front of a home - perhaps we've been influenced too much by either Huckleberry Finn or Opie!

white picket fence with bistro table on front porch
Picket fences and porches just seem to go together




small porch with amazing fretwork and exterior house trim
Add charm to a small porch with exterior house trim




colorful flower landscaping in front of spacious front porch
Colorful porch landscaping




sawn pickets for picket fence in front of porch
Unique picket fence design complements front porch trim




nice running trim under eaves on front porch




Video: Gregory Tatsch and Dave Discuss Porch Trim





When we visited Gregory and Holly Tatsch, founders of Vintage Woodworks, at their Fredericksburg TX home, we had the honor of visiting the porch trim libary in their amazing barn. Up in their barn (which you will get to see on the video), Gregory shares some most helpful tips about placing trim on your porch.





When we visited Gregory and Holly Tatsch, founders of Vintage Woodworks, at their Fredericksburg TX home, we had the honor of visiting the porch trim libary in their amazing barn. Up in their amazing barn (which you will get to see on the video), Gregory shared some most helpful tips about placing trim on your porch.





Sunday Houses with Porches

Mary and I were introduced to Sunday Houses. Sunday Houses were born out of necessity by early German immigrants to the hill country of Texas.

traditional stone sunday house with front porch in fredericksburg texas
Traditional rock Sunday House with front porch




sunday house with front porch in fredericksburg texas
Sunday House with front porch rockers


They built their primary homes on the land they farmed. Because of the distance to town they built their lots in town they built Sunday Houses in which to stay when they came to town for supplies and to attend church.



sunday house standing seam metal roof in fredericksburg texas
Sunday House with standing seam metal roof




partial stone sunday house with front porch in fredericksburg texas
Nondescript Sunday House complete with front porch





Now That's a Chimney!

Designated as a historical landmark, John Peter Tatsch built the house himself in 1856 using local stone. Tatsch and his family emigrated from Germany in 1852. John was a master cabinetmaker in Fredericksburg.

john tatsch fireplace and chimney in fredericksburg texas
John Peter Tatsch home


We were taken back by the size of the fireplace and chimney; you could roast an entire cow in that strucuture. But then again, everything's bigger in Texas!




Fredericksburg - Home to the Founders of Vintage Woodworks

Vintage Woodworks Headquarters Facility, Fredericksburg Texas
Vintage Woodworks, Fredericksburg, Texas


Fredericksburg Texas is also home to the founders of Vintage Woodworks, an amazing company born at a kitchen table, that makes exquisite custom porch parts like porch brackets, spandrels, running trim and more in their Quinlan, TX location. We got to not only tour their headquarters (which is a wood lover's dream building), but also visit Gregory and Holly's beautiful farmhouse home.

Some of the splendid fretwork and handcrafted porch embellishments you see in the photos above were handcrafted by Vintage Woodworks.


Vintage Woodworks Headquarters Facility, Fredericksburg Texas
Gregory and Holly Tatsch, Vintage Woodworks Founders


Gregory and Holly made us feel so welcome at their beautiful Fredericksburg Texas farmhouse. Over the years, they have become very dear friends to Dave and me. We really appreciate their sponsorship with Front Porch Ideas and More.

We also welcome you to visit our porch parts overview where we feature Vintage Woodworks.




Be sure to check out these fabulous Victorian homes too!






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