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Front Porch Appeal

June Porch Jubilee

Issue #78 June 2016

German Sunday House in Fredericksburg TX June - school is out, vacations abound, spending time at the pool, and of course, getting some porch time in too.

Any idea as to the name of the type of house shown at right? (Answer below)

We'll show you how we decorated our porch for summer, along with some ideas for decorating for the 4th of July - which will be here in no time.

We'll also share some porch pictures from our porch trip to the beautiful Texas Hill Country.

beautiful wrap around front porch in Fredericksburg Tx
Classic Wrap-Around Front Porch - Fredericksburg TX

Time To BEE on Your Porch

Mary and I wanted to create a fun and "summer" themed porch this year that we could enjoy throughout the summer months; we even had our grandchildren help!

We show you how to make these creative bumble bees to use in your yard, potted plants, and front porch. They area easy to make and your kids or grandkids will have fun helping.

From garden ornaments, to pillow covers, a wreath and porch sign - all with a bumble bee theme.

It's Getting Close to Firecracker Time!

We love the 4th of July and so do porches! We don't know for sure but it probably ranks even or just below decorating your porch for Christmas.

From hanging Ole Glory to adding festive banners and buntings, decorating for the 4th can be a whole family affair. It need not be expensive as there are many decorative items you can make from materials you already have on hand.

From red, white, and blue bandana pillow covers to Americana firecrackers, we have oodles of 4th of July decorating ideas for you to see and tutorials for making many of the projects yourself. You'll also find a myriad of decorated porches for even more ideas.

front porch decorated for the 4th of July with flags and buntings
Happy Birthday America!

Video: Update on Our Cottage Style Walkway

Enjoy our update on our DIY cottage-style walkway

Enjoy our update on our DIY cottage-style walkway

We often get asked how our walkway is doing. And in short, it's holding up really well. The two of us love it and we like that it's not formal looking.

In the video above you can listen to Dave giving an update.

Here is our original tutorial on our walkway that we put in a while back.

Use Our Interactive Home Plan Tool

This is so cool! If you haven't used it yet, check out this neat interactive home plan tool. Choose a plan and modify it right online. Then send your changes directly to the designer - how easy is that!

If you are planning to build a new home, this tool is for you. Purchasing home plans online is far less expensive and you get to work with the designer to make it your "perfect" home!

Now you can enlarge a room, add a closet, or create the porch of your dreams! Use it today!

Wanted: 2017 Porch Calendar Pictures

beautiful wrap around front porch in Fredericksburg Tx

Mary and I are creating a 2017 Porch Calendar and invite you to submit photos of your porch for possible inclusion.

If you have a porch that is perfect for a calendar, please send us an original photo.

Photos must be of your porch or if you know of someone whose porch would be perfect for a calendar, have them send us a photo.

Send photo to: info(at)

Hill Country Porches

Mary and I got to visit the hill country of Texas and had a marvelous time finding wonderful front porches. We also learned about Sunday Houses like the one at the top of the page.

German immigrants had farms outside of the community and on Saturdays they would travel to towns for goods and to attend church on Sunday. They built and stayed in small "Sunday Houses" which many have now been remodeled or converted into family residences.

Sunday House in Fredericksburg Texas
Typical Sunday House with Front Porch

Mary and I couldn't help but notice that many porches were adorned with fretwork or exterior house trim. We got to visit Gregory, Holly and Ellen, the good folks at Vintage Woodworks who make all types of custom trim for porches.

Quaint front porch with picket fence
Front Porch with Column Brackets, Running Trim, and Spandrels

exterior house trim on front porch
Lovely Fredericksburg Texas Front Porch

We got to tour the magnificent corporate headquarters for Vintage Woodworks in Fredericksburg Texas. We even got an exclusive look at their "library" of exterior house trim. Being a woodworker, this was the perfect place to visit.

Vintage Woodworks Corporate Headquarters in Fredericksburg Texas
Vintage Woodworks

See more exterior house trim ideas and learn more about Vintage Woodworks handcrafted porch parts.

Benefit from a Beautifully Customized Aluminum Screen Door

Upgrade, replace, or install a new customized screen door this summer. Now you can select just the right design to create lots of curb appeal for your home and get the long lasting benefit of a durable designed door.

Build a Fantastic Screen Porch
to Enjoy All Summer

screen porch plan 90021 from Why not build your screen porch this year? Select the porch in the style best fits your family's needs. (Featured plan at right is #90021)

Be sure to see their other outdoor projects, from sheds to bird houses!

Not handy? Let us help you can find a local reputable contractor to build your screen porch.

Now Install Screen Porch Windows for Maximum Comfort

Enjoy a pollen-free spring and summer with these amazing screen porch windows. Keep out the dust and wind while you and your family enjoy a relaxing dinner in the outdoors. Imagine walking out onto this porch this evening!

diy eze breeze screen porch windows on beautiful screen porch addition
DIY Eze Breeze Windows on Porch Addition

For more information about how you too can create a relaxing outdoor room, contact Caison at DIY Eze!

Oh Yea - It's Summer Time!

Well, not quite official yet but.... why not enjoy summer months to the max with a porch swing bed.

Adjustable back makes it comfortable for both a bed AND a swing

Now that's comfort - get yours today from The Porch Company.

Porch Construction Time - Free Stuff!!

Because we know you love porches, here are two helpful documents you can download for free. Use them yourself or send them to a friend!

Back By Popular Demand -
Use Our Free Tutorial to Help Square Your
Porch or Deck Foundation

Ebook cover -  14 page pdf showing how to square a porch or deck foundation We created a 14-page guide to help you get your deck or porch foundation square.

One of the most important factors to building a quality foundation is to be sure it is square to your home.

A square foundation makes the rest of the building process so much easier.

Download our step-by-step tutorial with helpful pictures, diagrams and a conversion chart for fractions to inches.

Download This Free Shed Plan

Free shed plan Perfect for storage or use as a playhouse for the kids, a potting shed, or other fun structure.

1. Depending on the internet browser you are using, the actual document may not appear on your screen when you first open it up. Don't panic! Just save it to your computer and open the file - and it shall re-appear!

2. These are actual construction blue print plans. You will need to enlarge it on your screen to see the print or print this plan on either 18x24 or 24x36 (preferred) inch paper. I emailed the document to our local Staples store. It cost me $7.82 for printing all four pages on 18x24 inch paper.

To save a few dollars, view the plan online first to determine if you actually need the last two pages which are construction options you may not choose to do.

3. Feel free to send this to friends, etc., who you think may like a free shed plan - all compliments of Mary and I and Family Home Plans

Download this free shed plan today! Be sure to read the notes above.

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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 9,100 porch friends 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.

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