I’m crazy about porches.
The strange thing is that it’s so hard to find houses with them any more. In our entire neighborhood, a subdivision less than 7 years old, there are only a handful of houses that have them. When we built ours, we paid the builder extra to change the front elevation and add a porch because I couldn’t live without one. I keep hearing about a “porch revival,” but around here, at least, builders haven’t gotten the memo.
We couldn’t afford a very big one. Extending the foundation and roofline by even a few feet is shockingly expensive. But ours is wide enough to fit a swing and a rocking chair and a couple of flower pots, so I’m happy. (I’m tempted to tell you that the one at the top of the post is mine, but it belongs to a home in the Hamptons.)
Here are some of the photos I’ve gathered of porches I like. I hope this provides you with a little inspiration to either build a porch of your own or decorate–and appreciate!–the one you have.
From Better Homes and Gardens:
A Craftsman Bungalow:
I found this on Springtree Road and loved the little porch tucked into the side under the arch:
The Victorians knew how to do porches! Here’s one from Maryland:
This porch on an Italianate-style home is stunning:
Back porches and outdoor living spaces are growing in popularity, which thrills me. When I go on home tours, I can hardly wait to get to the backyard to see what sort of living space they’ve created. Every house at our city’s Home-a-Rama show last summer had vast backyard living rooms, complete with fireplaces, kitchens, flat-screen TVs, you name it. Here are some of my favorites (several were from that home show; others are in homes currently on the market):
One of my favorite places to gawk at pretty porches is in Seaside, Florida:
This just in (5/08): I found this photo via Just Beachy of a porch that looks almost identical to the one above, view included. I love the blue picnic table:
See some of my favorite porches here: Front Porch Love.
If You’re Hooked on Decorating: