We've decided that the replacement balustrade will be open, as in without beadboard behind it. Sure, we'll lose some privacy into the porch, but I think it will look better. Plus there's got to be some feng shui rule that states an "open porch balustrade will help to improve positive energy flow into the house"??? (I just made that up, don't quote me on that).
Chris ordered some sample balusters from a company called Vintage Woodworks so we could get a better idea of the size we'd need for the scale of our porch. I love the size of the one on the right (4" width), but just don't think it works for our house, so we'll be going with the smaller one (3" width) on the left. I like the simple, no fuss design of the one on the left as well.the side tables for our family room first. Good man!