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Generations ago, the porch was the “living room” of the home. It was the social spot — a place to converse with neighbors, cool off in summer and watch kids as they played in the front yard. Porch swings and glasses of lemonade became symbols of the simple life, but as houses, neighborhoods and air conditioning evolved, families headed indoors or to the backyard instead. Today, it is making a comeback as homeowners look to channel those relaxing olden days with sunrooms, front stoops and wraparounds. More 
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As a transition space, your traditional porch should feel like an extension of the home's interior. Because it's more attached to the home than a patio or sometimes even a deck, it requires proper planning and a touch of inspiration. First, you need to consider what kind of space you're looking for, and where it will be placed. Next, think about what outdoor furniture is worth adding to your space. It's all about relaxation and simplicity, so be sure that's reflected in your decor and furnishings.

What kind of porch should I add to my home?


The size and type of your porch is primarily dictated by your budget, space and overall look. A typical one is integrated into the home's roofline, so it will most likely always be an expensive remodel. Be sure to keep that in mind when creating your plans. A wraparound porch takes up quite a bit of yard space and often requires a change to multiple areas of the house, while a sunroom out back is a little less tedious. Adding a front stoop is a quick way to enhance your front door curb appeal, and it is a less expensive option as well. In general, all of them have a predominantly traditional feel, so you might try a patio or deck if it doesn't fit your overall style.

How should I decorate my porch?


There are no formal rules, so decorate your porch to reflect your lifestyle. Create an afternoon nap spot by adding a hammock, swing or daybed, or include simple rocking chairs and adirondack chairs for chatting with friends. Use decorative wall hangings, potted plants, throw pillows and rugs for additional color, and turn a sunroom into another living space by adding plenty of patio furniture. In general, remember you are outside, so some metals and fabrics can rust and absorb moisture. Bring in sensitive items when the weather worsens, and opt for more versatile weatherproof pieces overall.
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