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Front Porch Appeal

Special Edition
Issue #90 February 2018



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Bright Colors of Winter -photo courtesy of blondiyooper
January is the perfect month to start planning your spring and summer projects. It's time to get ideas and start nailing down exactly what type of porch you'd like on a new home or if you are remodeling your exisiting porch, what improvements you want to make.

Or, perhaps you are planning a new screened room or three-seaon porch that you've been wanting for so long.

We are a great place to start.

New House Plans With Porches

It's always fun to look at new home plans whether you are looking for one to build or just to see new trends and designs. We love ones with porches of course. We've found some that have accompanying videos that give you a wider perspective of the plan details.

Here's a short video of one of the home plans Mary and I really like; hope you enjoy it to.



Learn more about this plan and others.



Here's another plan we discovered that has a nice open-style front porch.

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We love this nice open-style front porch - Family Home Plan 76917


We have lots of home plans for almost every category of architecture - enjoy!

Looking For A Contractor?

January and February are really good months to start lining up contractors to build your porch, screen porch, or other home project. Not sure exactly sure of the specifics for your project? A good contractor can work with you to give you ideas, show you where you can save money, and help to finalize your plan in addition to providing an estimate for the work.

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We recommend you get at least three estimates - we can help.

Use this handy form to locate a reputable contractor near you.

Winter Porch Decorating Ideas

Yes, you can decorate your porch for the winter months. Adding a bit of color or creating a magical scene can add lots of appeal during the winter months. Find lots of ideas in our winter porch decorating section.

Snowflake front porch
A pop of color adds lots of winter appeal
Winter beauty - snowy porch decorated lovely
An enchanting winter porch scene indeed


Winter beauty - snowy porch decorated with a vignette of birdhouses
The other side of the porch is decorated with a vignette of beautiful white bird houses


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Meet Our New Granddog Blue

Unfortunately, both our granddog Cisco and his longtime girlfriend Rua, passed away in 2017. I made a porch enclosure for Cisco so he could sit outside of his front door while living in California. I'm sure he appreciated my efforts; however, he always chose to lay on the carpet just inside the door instead. A smart dog indeed!

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Our Granddog Cisco And His Girlfriend Rua. They loved playing together and both lived long happy lives. They will be missed.


On a happier note, we have a new granddog, Blue. He's quite the pup, has blue eyes, is pretty smart, loves to cuddle, and is growing fast. Blue even has a favorite chair on which to snooze!(And he's becoming good friends with a cute little dog down the street!)

our granddog blue

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Happy porch sitting from your friends,

Mary & Dave


Life is short. Enjoy your porch.



/ / / January 2017



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