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Dining with the View

With summer in full swing, my family and I take every opportunity we can to eat outside on our porch or on a patio off the kitchen.  Somehow with the flowers blooming and the birds singing, alfresco dining feels to me, less like an average meal, and more like a celebration.

Some of the homes we design have incredible views, and while we do everything we can to take advantage of those views from inside, what better place is there for outdoor dining?

If an outdoor eating area doesn’t have a spectacular view, then we create one with an outdoor fireplace, a structure in the landscape, or pass the ball to our landscape-designing friends to create the idyllic setting for alfresco dining.

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Porch Dining

About the Author: James Crisp

James M. Crisp has been an architect for well over 30 years. His architectural firm, Crisp Architects, designs projects throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In April of 2007, Taunton Press published 'On the Porch' by James M. Crisp and Sandra Mahoney.

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