Front Porch Appeal - Spring Can't Come Too Soon Edition

Issue #54 February 2014

February is not only the month of hearts and presidents but also the perfect time of year to start planning your spring front porch and landscaping projects.

We know many of you still encased in snow and cold, yearning for warmer weather. Some can see the proverbial "light at the end of the tunnel" while others are already enjoying sunny days on the golf course.

We are anxious for spring and already lining up projects anticipating the more enjoyable weather that lies ahead. Whether you just came in from shoveling snow or changing from golf shoes to sneakers, we'd thought we'd share a few ideas and pictures with you.

What is inside the February 2014 edition of Front Porch Appeal
What's inside this edition of Front Porch Appeal

House Plans with Porches

Whether you are building a new home this year, relocating, or just want to see some latest designs of homes with porches to get ideas, we'd thought we'd share a few designs that you might enjoy. Home designs are courtesy of Family Home Plans - we've included the specific plan number in case you'd like additional information.

Although small in size, this charming home has lots of curb appeal. The babbling brook probably doesn't come with it but the wrap around porch is ideal.

small cottage with porch from #49824
Family Home Plan #49824
This larger open wrap around front porch and home is reminiscent of a farmhouse style home.

wrap around porch from #34602
Open wrap around front porch design -Family Home Plan #34602
The arches between the columns remind me of the Romanesque style home. I would change the dormer to a gable dormer which I believe would be more complementary with the home's architecture. Your thoughts?

downsized home plan from #69109
Family Home Plan #69109

St Patrick's Day

St Patrick's Day is not too far off. Whether you are of Irish descent or not, celebrate this fun day by adding some Irish green on your front porch.

cute burlap shamrock pillow for St. Patrick's Day decorating

See how we made this cute burlap shamrock pillow and pillow toppers for St. Patrick's Day.

Porch and Deck Drainage Systems

Here's the perfect solution to adding protected outdoor space to your home. If you have an elevated front porch or deck, adding a deck drainage system will allow you to use the area beneath without getting wet.

You can even add a ceiling, lights, outdoor fans, and other amenities to create an outdoor entertaining area.

Dek drain material laid over deck joists

Dek Drain's protective panels attached to deck joists for new construction. For existing decks and porches, the deck drainage system is installed and hidden between the joists.

under deck ceiling with hanging chandeliers
Ceiling installed under deck complete with outdoor chandeliers

Watch This Informative Deck Drainage Video

Porches and Birds Flock Together

Had two of our grandchildren over recently to paint some bird houses. They both agreed that "birds love brightly colored bird houses!"

Placing bird feeders and bird houses near your porch is a fun way to enjoy your porch sitting time.

kids painting birdhouses

Our older grandson helped paint this bluebird house that we just attached to a tree next to our front porch.

bluebird house on tree

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