Front Porch Appeal - It's A New Year!
Issue #53 January 2014January is a month of new beginnings and is actually our favorite month. No matter what resolutions your made, if any at all, we hope you take time this year to enjoy all that your porch has to offer.
Make it an inviting place to welcome friends and neighbors, to relax and watch the world go by.
While much of the U.S. received its fair share of wintry weather and others basked in the sun like our kids and grand kids in southern California. You can still enjoy your porch no matter where you are, whether taking delight in sitting on it or seeing it snow covered just waiting for spring.
We enjoy anticipating what the year ahead will bring and are planning new projects for our porch and home. Our wish is that this issue inspires you to do likewise.
We hope you enjoy our topics this month
Inside This EditionEnjoy our winter porches and our Valentine porch projects. In addition, we want to share some exciting porch and deck products for 2014 - now's a great time to start planning your outdoor porch and home projects.
Winter on the Porch
Bright colors of winter (photo courtesy of BlondieYooper)
Porch swing waiting silently for spring (photo courtesy of Joon Han)
Southern California porch in winter
Porches Love Valentines DayCelebrate Valentines Day by making this Valentine wreath and pillow covers. Mary shows you how easy it is to do and they will look "lovely" on your porch for this special day.
See how we are decorating our porch for Valentine's Day
See Our Valentine Decorating Video
Porch Products From Our SponsorsMary and I wanted to share a few porch products from our sponsors that we believe will enhance the look of your porch or add an extra level of comfort. What better way to start 2014 than to start planning for your outdoor enjoyment.
Tongue and Groove Porch CeilingNothing makes a porch more appealing than a traditional tongue and groove ceiling. Whether stained or painted, a tongue and groove ceiling immediately enhances the look of any porch.
If building a new porch or remodeling your existing one, by all means, consider the appeal of this ever popular ceiling material.
Exquisite cypress bead board porch ceiling from Vintage Woodworks
Aluminum Screen DoorsMary and I have seen firsthand how PCA Products construct their aluminum screen doors and can attest to the quality of their product.
If you are wanting (or needing) a new screen door, we encourage you to check out these custom screen doors.
Custom screen door by PCA Products
Porch EnclosureYou can't beat a 3-season porch. We really enjoyed ours and are planning to enclose our new back porch in the near future.
If you want a high-quality 3-season porch we recommend you check out these screen porch windows. They are custom made to fit your existing openings making installation quick and easy.
By combining both screen and vinyl, these windows allow you to enjoy the cool breezes and quickly convert to keep the rain and wind out.
Porch enclosure windows
Porch Bed Swing
Watch the video to see how Rachel converts this from a swing bed to a porch swingA thoughtful gift idea for someone special: an adjustable porch swing bed by The Porch Company
Newly Discovered Porch ProductsMary and I recently discovered these very innovative porch and deck products to share with you.
Transform Your Porch or Deck from Wood to StoneHere's an innovative product that literally changes your porch or deck flooring options. Until now, wood (or derivatives thereof) was almost the only flooring material for raised porches or decks.
Concrete porch floors can be built above ground but they require block foundations and steel reinforcing which can be expensive.
Now's there's an alternative that allows you to easily install stone, various slates, bricks, slate, various pavers, marble, and even granite for your porch or deck flooring. Silca Systems® Silca Grate™ allows you to easily convert your existing porch or deck flooring from wood to stone.
Learn more about this innovative product
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Happy porch sitting from your friends,
Mary and Dave
Life is short. Enjoy your porch.
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