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Home to Amazing Fretwork and Sunday Porches
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.
A wrap-around Texas front porch with fretwork and picket fence
A delightful Fredericksburg Texas front porch
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
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!
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.
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!
Picket fences and porches just seem to go together
Add charm to a small porch with exterior house trim
Colorful porch landscaping
Unique picket fence design complements front porch trim
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 library in their amazing barn.
Up in their beautiful handcrafted barn, which you will get to see on the video, Gregory shares some most helpful tips about placing trim on your porch.
Sunday Houses with Porches In Fredericksburg Texas
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 rock Sunday House with front porch
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 with standing seam metal roof
Simple 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 Peter Tatsch home
We were taken back by the size of the fireplace and chimney; you could roast an entire cow in that structure.
But then again, everything's bigger in Texas!
Fredericksburg Texas - Home to the Founders of Vintage Woodworks
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.
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.