With spring in the air, I'm reminded of a childhood family tradition of Porch Snacks, where my parents and five brothers and I would congregate every Sunday evening on the front porch for simple and brief but memorable chats. No matter where you live, you can enjoy your own snacks (or cocktails or novels, or, or...) with these new takes on porch time.
This porch added to this dwelling doesn't just add a new outdoor space with efficient design--it changes completely the flow of traffic and living in the back of the house.
Another wonderful add-on. The porch pleasantly stands apart with the choice of materials, but flows to well with the overall look. The choice to add the the structure onto the second floor is a welcomed take on the traditional porch idea.
You need not live in a southern house with a wrap-around porch to enjoy an evening outside. With comfortable and well-placed furniture, balconies like these can be just as cozy.
A daytime view of the porch integrating into the flow of this apartment.
Whatever the porch, good seating and lighting matters. And that's just the basics. For a spectacular porch experience, provide citronella candles to ward off evening insects, background music to float out into the dusk, and a pitcher of something to drink.
A simple porch personified. All you really need is a place to sit. Voila.
When children want the experience of outdoor chilling, this glassed slanted window provides much of the same experience without adults needing to hoover and supervise. This view with the globe, the books, the red chair, the tricycle in the background, couldn't be more appealing.
This curved porch adds a beautiful and unique visual interest to this traditional house. And what a view it must afford.
A mod porch that is just as inviting as any. Coffee tables like this encourage piling books or magazines for leisurely perusal, candles, or afternoon refreshments.
But of course no one would complain about a grand traditional porch with rocking chairs and the illusion that lemonade might appear at any moment...
... would they?
Ideabook updated on Sept. 6, 2009.
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