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How will you use your porch?

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PORCH... such a simple word, yet so meaningful a place!

For some it conjures up memories of lazy summer afternoon retreats. Perhaps your memories are of neighbors... taking their evening stroll... and stopping by to visit. Maybe you can remember hearing the great political debates waged out on the front porch by your father and his friends long after you had been tucked into bed.

Could it be that you fell in love while sitting on a porch swing? Or do you remember the magical place your grandmother's porch was when you played there as a child? Tall, cool glasses of lemonade... shared secrets... rainy days... and quiet tree-lined streets... such are the joys of a porch.

A transitional space
A porch serves as a transitional space, not merely connecting inside to out, but buffering the sanctuary, comfort, and order of home from the hustle and bustle of the world beyond. It offers a place of serenity in those first moments of the day as you awaken to a cup of coffee or your favorite cereal. A porch can also offer a marvelous window on Mother Nature... with shade from the sun... protection from the rain... even protection from insects if it's screened!

How will you use your porch?
Will it primarily serve as a covered passage?
Do you envision occasional close family gatherings?
Will your porch be an extension of your home's living area
when you are entertaining larger numbers of guests?

Another room
As another room to your home, the porch can provide a special place in time for children to be with you... an oasis from the demands inside the home. It's the place that beckons you to sit and put your feet up for a spell as you come in from a long, hectic day.

What furnishings would you like on your porch? Porch swings, rocking chairs, a breakfast table, potted plants, and even firewood are found on many porches, and all require space.

A first impression
A porch introduces the home. First impressions are generally lasting ones. This is true of homes as well as of people. The porch is the means by which your home says Hello ... and Welcome!

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