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Front Porch Appeal -

Issue #56 April 2014

Daffodils, Dogwoods and Porches

April is in full bloom - except perhaps for our porch friends in northern states who have just experienced a spring snowstorm. Here in middle Tennessee the daffodils have broken ground and the dogwoods have blossomed. Better yet, it is perfect porch sitting time which means you can start spending more time outdoors. Rest assured, for some of you, the snow will melt.

If you are anything like Mary and I, you probably have your sights set on spring and summer projects. Perhaps it is updating your landscaping, screening in your porch (that's on our list), or adding new decor or furniture to your front porch or portico.

front porch decorated for spring and Easter
Nothing Quite Like Celebrating Spring On The Porch


We thought we'd use this issue to help you get started planning your spring and summer projects - for your porch of course! You'll find ideas and products you can use to create your own perfect porch.



Launching the Porch Ideas Network

Mary and I are excited to announce we are launching our Porch Ideas Network where we will be featuring porch building contractors and front yard and porch landscaping companies to bring you the latest and best porch ideas. In addition, you'll also have access to our podcasts with special guests covering topics all about porches, screen porches, landscaping, and more.

So, if you know of building contractors who excel at what they do and build wonderful porches or screen porches, do them a favor and recommend them for inclusion in our Porch Ideas Network. With over 1 million visitors a year, our site is a perfect place for them to receive the recognition they deserve!

open air porch design by the porch company
Beautifully designed and constructed by The Porch Company, one of our wonderful sponsors




Create Some Porch Pizzazz This Spring!

Add some pizzazz to your front porch this spring. Whether you are building a new porch or remodeling your existing one here's two ideas to get excited about!

Exterior House Trim

By using exterior house trim, you can add a little (or a lot) of curb appeal and almost anyone can do it. Here's three quick examples of how trim can add extra appeal:

Country Style Porch Design with Brackets Between Porch Columns

farmhouse porch with exterior house trim brackets




Traditional Victorian Porch Gingerbread (Brackets and Running Trim)

Victorian style porch with brackets




Small Porch with Brackets, Spandrels and Running Trim

small porch with running trim and spandrels


We have some amazing house trim photos and ideas from homes across the U.S. that you can use for your porch.

We recommend you visit Vintagewoodworks.com; they have an amazing array of beautiful trim options in various materials - perfect for almost any porch!



Use Custom Railings

Custom railings from The Porch Company give you not only unique and beautiful porch railings but also ones that require almost no maintenance. Instant curb appeal and little work - we like that!

custom railings for porch




Front Yard Spring Landscaping Ideas

We've teamed up with Lisk Landscaping to bring you some most curb appealing front yard landscaping ideas. Lisk Landscaping is one of our featured landscaping companies in our new Porch Ideas Network and can do for you what they've done for the homeowner's front yard below.

If you live in the Mt. Ephraim, New Jersey area, be sure to contact them to help with your yard. If you don't live close by, you can use some of their landscaping ideas for your own front yard and porch landscape designs. ideas

before and after landscaping collage
Before and after front yard landscaping ideas
(courtesy of Lisk Landscape Company)


See more before and after landscaping ideas from Lisk Landscaping!

If you know a landscaping company that deserves to be featured in our Porch Ideas Network, please have them contact us. Tell them to let us know they heard about us through a subscriber to our newsletter and we'll feature them at no cost! It's a nice way to reward someone who does great work.






Flowering Trees Framing Front Porch

flowering trees in spring next to front porch




Aluminum Screen Doors for Your Porch
Or Screen Porch

Time to replace your current screen door? Already have or are building a screened porch or 3-season porch? Want something that will add curb appeal and last for many years with little to no maintenance?

Mary and I recommend you consider an aluminum screen door from PCA Products, one of our sponsors. We've actually toured their manufacturing facility and can attest to the quality of their screen doors. We don't believe you will find a better made aluminum door!

PCA products screen door on front porch
Lots of curb appeal on front porch


You can even create your own design to make it fit the architectural design of your home or for creating your own unique look.



PCA products screen door on screened porch
Ideal for this relaxing screen porch




PCA Company logo The aluminum screen doors by PCA Products are definitely worth checking out.




Proud of Our Flowering Dogwood

Dave and Mary with their dogwood tree - flowering for the first time

Spring finally arrived in our town of Hermitage, TN. We are delighted seeing our flowering dogwood in bloom for the first time. It survived the extra chilly winter.





Colorful and Quaint California Front Porch

colorful front porch in california




Please Visit Our Sponsors

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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 5,500 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.



/ / / April 2014


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