Farmhouse PorchFarmhouse Porch, Austin
Modern details on a traditional farmhouse porch.
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4. Measure the area. Use a tape measure to get a sense of how much space you have for an outdoor work sink, allowing for at least a 4-foot-square space of clearance in front of the sink. Budget extra space for countertops, shelves or anything else you need, and then choose your outdoor sink model accordingly. Narrow outdoor sink models can slot more easily into side yards with limited clearance. 5. Determine if you need a permit. Always check with your local building and safety department before getting started. Many counties require a permit if you’re installing new plumbing or moving existing plumbing. If you’re connecting a new outdoor sink to existing plumbing (or choosing a model that drains to a bucket or into the landscape), you may not need a permit.
This new-build farmhouse on an organic farm in Austin looks like it’s been there forever, thanks to a classic design and antique touches used throughout. The porch acts as the main dining room, and the couple combined a farmhouse-style table with Shaker-style chairs. The utilitarian outdoor sink and antique oil lamp contribute to the hardworking farmhouse feel. See more of this Austin farmhouse | See more farm tables
Host an al fresco dinner party. The warm glow from old-fashioned oil lamps, candles or a fire pit adds to the ambience of an evening dinner party al fresco. For a pleasant pace, start with cocktails and nibbles in the garden as the sun is setting, followed by dinner on the deck and dessert beside the fire.
Instead of having an indoor dining room, which would have shrunk the kitchen, the homeowners put their dining room on the porch. Cedar planks make up the porch flooring. Rauser chose not to treat the wood, because he wanted it to be a living element that changes over time, displaying scratches and discoloration to give it an older, worn look. The ceiling is actually superglossy pine flooring.Chairs: Design Within Reach
Celebrate the porch. The farmhouse porch is wide and uncluttered. Go without a railing so the space is undefined and the whole porch will be used. The windows are low to extend the indoor living areas. Lighting is primitive, such as lanterns or goosenecks. Hunt around for ceiling fans with a utilitarian feel to be hung from flat wood ceilings or exposed rafters.
Mix and match furniture just like you would indoors. Matchy-matchy outdoor dining sets are no longer required; today there are many options for furniture that can stand up to the elements. Furthermore, a porch roof provides ample protection for most of the year, as long as golf-ball-size hail isn't coming in sideways.