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Prune your landscaping. This helps show off the great railings and details of your porch and helps protect them, too. I learned the hard way last summer that my charming pink roses were causing my porch rails to rot. Some pruning could have saved me a lot of money in repairs.
Check the condition of the floor. If you're in a place that had a lot of snow storms this winter, your porch may need a good sanding or at least a new coat of paint or protective coating on the floor.
Have your flag cleaned so it's ready to fly. I remember helping my grandfather take out the flag every day there was nice weather, and folding it up properly each evening.
By the way, did you know that side porches in Charleston that look like these emerged in response to a tax law? Property taxes were configured using street frontage measurements, so most of the historic homes there have what we'd usually think of as the side facing the street, with the spectacular double porches down the sides, perpendicular to the street.
Breathe new life into your furniture with a fresh coat of paint. If your vintage wrought-iron, wicker and wood pieces are feeling a little stale, shake things up and paint them a vibrant color.
Play with your furniture arrangement. Program your space to provide spots for reading, visiting and dining al fresco.
Light it up. You'll extend the hours you can enjoy the porch. A mix of overhead light, sconces, table and floor lamps and candlelight will provide the right light for a variety of activities, from dinner to reading outdoors at twilight.
What do you do to get your porch ready for warm months? Please share with us in the comments section.
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