Back Porch with Swing

Back Porch with Swing

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.

Porch with Fireplace

Porch with Fireplace

Side Porch with Pond View

Side Porch with Pond View

Back Sitting Porch

Back Sitting Porch

Back Porch

Back Porch

Curved Side Porch

Curved Side Porch

Back Porch with a View

Back Porch with a View

By Published On: May 5th, 2014Categories: Porches5 CommentsTags: ,

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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5 Comments

  1. Dee May 5, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    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

  2. James Crisp May 6, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Thank you. We just bought a couple of Romanies to go with the other 10 sheep. Fun.

  3. La Lune May 15, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Just beautiful porches, James Crisp. Sigh.

  4. Robert T. Akroyd May 15, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Nicely done Jim!!

  5. Mary Douglas June 16, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    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.

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