return to homepage

Front Porch Appeal
Wishing You a Most Prosperous New Year

Issue #63 January 2015
January has arrived. The latest cold snap affecting a great portion of the country has many yearning for spring! Others I'm sure, are using the time to start planning their 2015 projects and hopefully, you will include your porch. Mary and I have a long list of projects for the new year, one of which is to re-landscape around our porch.

Whatever your plans, we encourage you to visit our site for building, remodeling, landscaping, and decorating your porch. We've also been interviewing some really interesting experts on a wide variety topics related to porches during our weekly podcasts so be sure to check those out too.

fall on the front porch in evening light
Photo courtesy of Edenseekr
Enjoy some of our winter porch pictures.

In this month's issue, we cover a few topics many people have been searching for lately. Seems that a lot of folks are planning to build or remodel their front porch along with finding smaller homes with porches. Many are also looking for winter porch decorating ideas and of course, starting to think about Valentine's Day decor as well.

We also give you a short synopsis of our latest podcasts along with ideas for railings and sunrooms!

Small Home Plans With Porches

We know there's been increased interest in "tiny" houses lately and wanted to show you a few we found - with porches, of course! We are not sure as to what exactly constitutes a tiny house but we thought these smaller homes (under 1000 square feet) would be fun to try out.

Porches are perfect for small homes as you can see. They definitely add a lot of curb appeal and extra outdoor living space as well. Click on the picture(s) above to learn more about small home plans with porches.

Winter White Porch Decorating Ideas

Snapshot of our Winter White Porch Decorating board on Pinterest - please follow us

Have you seen our Winter White pinterest board? We've gathered ideas to help you decorate your porch for wintry months. Take a look and please follow our Pinterest boards. We would love to have you join us.

We have over 70 ideas on our Winter board to inspire you.

Posh Porch Railings

One easy way to remodel your existing porch and add more curb appeal is to install new porch railings (or replace old balusters). Choose railings that reflect your home's architecture or your own personality.

Porch railing material options include wood, glass, steel cable, wrought iron, lattice panels, and more. Your styles are almost unlimited - you can even create your own design.

Discover the world of porch railings where we show you so many options.

Where to Get Porch Railings

Two of our fine sponsors carry porch railings. We encourage you to visit them:

Vintage Woodworks logo Porch Company logo

Interviews with Porch Experts

Porch Ideas Network podcast logo We bring experts to you each week through our Porch Ideas Network who share their love of porches and their expertise in such areas as building, designing, planning and decorating porches. Each show lasts approximately 20 - 30 minutes.

Tips for Staining Concrete

Porch Ideas Network podcast Our guest David Goddard gives you professional tips for staining concrete. His suggestions and experience will help you decide if staining is a good idea for your porch or driveway.

Listen here:

New Ideas for Painting Your Front Door

Porch Ideas Network podcast Our guest, Jim Rogers of Modern Masters, tells about the revolutionary Front Door Paint that his company developed.

Listen here:

Expand Your Small Porch This Year

Porch Ideas Network podcast Is this the year to make your small porch larger? The two of us give you ideas for expanding your small porch. You might be surprised at what you can do.

Listen here:

We'd really appreciate your assistance in launching our audio program. In order to give it more visibility on the internet, please subscribe to our audios (use buttons below) and if you enjoyed it, please give us a favorable rating. That will help others to find our future audio segments.

Listen to Stitcher

In addition to our audio casts, we also feature selected porch builders and landscapers - must see if you want more ideas from experts in their fields.

Valentine Decorating Ideas

Valentine's Day is not too far off so we thought we'd share a few porch decorating ideas with you from our site visitors. Red's obviously the color and a splash here or there can create a festive looking porch. And if your porch is surrounded by snow, a little red can really make a statement whether it's a red wreath or perhaps red pillow toppers.

front porch decorated for Valentine's Day
Valentine's decoration ideas and photo courtesy of Garden Artist

front porch decorated for Valentine's Day
Valentine porch courtesy of Karen L.

Check out all of our Valentine porch decorating ideas.

Porch Building Technique

Before building a porch or deck this year, be sure to check with your local building codes department to determine the specific requirement for installing ledger boards. Ledger boards are usually attached to your house's framing and carry a lot of the weight of your structure. Many porch and deck failures are caused by inadequate ledger board installations.

Many building codes now require the ledger board to be supported by posts (set on piers) in addition to being attached directly to your home. We have also heard (but not confirmed) that some codes require the deck or porch be supported as a stand-alone structure.

Your local building codes department will dictate the method you need to use.

porch ledger board supported by post

Porch Ledger Board Supported By Additional Post

Sunroom Window Idea

If planning to build a sunroom, a screen porch, or even a three-season room this year, consider using these versatile windows. They afford you the opportunity to close them easily to prevent pollen, wind, cold, or rain from interrupting your outdoor time or opening them almost all the way to capture the summer breeze.

We've seen them installed and not only do they function really well, but also look fantastic too. Check out these innovative windows and let the outside in!

sceen porch windows by

And, if you are updating your screen porch, why not consider a high-quality custom made aluminum screen door. You can even select or create a style and pattern that best fits your architecture or personality!

Join Our Porch Community on Facebook

You're invited to be part of our Facebook community. We share ideas with one another for decorating and using our porches. We have over 6,800 members and would love to count you among them.

Mary and Dave

Happy porch sitting from your friends,

Mary & Dave

Life is short. Enjoy your porch.

/ / / January 2015

Our Sponsors

The Porch Store
Porch Store
Custom Porch Products

Shop for Porch Parts at Vintage Woodworks.
Vintage Woodworks
For Your Porch Parts

Screened porch windows at
DIY Eze Breeze
Screen Porch Windows

Aluminum screen doors from PCA Products
PCA Products
Complement Any Home!

End sponsor section

Want to receive our periodic online newsletter,
Front Porch Appeal?
Learn more.

1. Your Name

2. Your Email

We respect your privacy.

3. Click the button below

Get our online newsletter Front Porch Appeal and our awesome curb appeal eBook as a free bonus
You'll also receive
our free eBook
Enjoy our back issues.

small rocking chair

We may earn a commission by referring you to some products on merchant sites. See our disclosure policy. Thank you.

Front Porch Designs Home | Return to Top
Contact Us | About Us | Advertise with Us | Search | Site Map
Media | Privacy Policy | Disclosure | Legal Notice | What's New

XML RSS   Add to My Yahoo!   Add to My MSN   Subscribe with Bloglines
By Mary and Dave Morris, Copyright © 2009-2017 All rights reserved.
Content and photos may not be reproduced or copied in any way without our express written permission.

Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape