It seems that all we talk about are front porches. Of course that is where we enter a home, and if that home is in a neighborhood, the front porch is the public face of the home.
On many old farm houses, the back porch was off the kitchen while the front porch led into the more grand and public rooms of the home. The back porch was where boots came off, deliveries were made, and where all sorts of food preparation happened. The back porch might be were the kids shelled the peas or shucked corn, where mom cooled the pies, and where other more messy kitchen tasks were performed. I say this having shelled many a pea on a side porch in Louisiana.
In today’s homes side or back porches are often the more private porches and are used for relaxing or entertaining. It is not uncommon for our clients to request an outdoor fireplace or built-in grill on a side or back porch. If a home is on a hill, the back porch is the place the owners go to take in the view when the entry is on the up-hill side.
Anyway, it is my pleasure to pay homage to those porches which have gotten sidelined or ended up in the back seat, so to speak.
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Porches are important you are right-it’s where defining moments in life happen -I’m such a big fan of your work, sincerely Dee Marshall Benjamin @ vision design and build in Wilmot nh
ps the web I gave you is my hobby and chronicles our latest project turning a 50s ranch into a modern farmhouse-raised roof etc
again my admiration. http://www.mountainsidefarmdesigns.com
Thank you. We just bought a couple of Romanies to go with the other 10 sheep. Fun.
Just beautiful porches, James Crisp. Sigh.
Nicely done Jim!!
I always look forward to receiving your emails: your designs are beautiful. I have a question, and I hope you can help. My husband and I built our home three years ago. We failed to do any finish work on the concrete porches and in our garage. Now, the concrete is stained with the red clay from our yard. What do you recommend for flooring; paint or pavers? Our home is white with brick steps and a brick fireplace. We built it to look like a “new old home”. Thank-you for any suggestions you might have, and thank-you for sharing your work with me.