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John_chan (John_chan)
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Post Number: 193
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Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 - 05:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The box gutters would obviously look better, but the cost is quite high compared to architectural cornice and half-round gutters.

You could also put in a large (8-9") custom fabricated ogee gutter along with a copper cornice underneath to give it that look.
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Old_school (Old_school)
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Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017 - 06:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

How much money do you want to spend? The cornice with the half round gutters would be a lot cheaper
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Victorianmansard (Victorianmansard)
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Registered: 12-2017
Posted on Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 07:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I recently purchased a second empire house. The previous owners completely removed (i.e. Cut off) the cornice including box gutters and installed aluminum gutters. The slate roof is gone, too and has been replaced with asphalt shingles.

My goal is to restore the home to be historically accurate. Before I can fix the roof, the cornice has to be addressed. What are my options at this point?

Do I rebuild the cornice and box gutters from scratch? Or do I recreate an architectural cornice and install half round gutter at the edge?

The lack of the cornice really takes away from the look of the home, but since it's completely missing, I'm not sure if Building box gutters is worth the effort.

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