Front Porch Appeal

May Porch Pride - Issue #77 May 2016

sawn balusters with colorful hanging basket on front porch May - month of showers, all kinds of other weather too, flowers in bloom, and birds and bees doing what birds and bees do! As the weather progressively gets warmer, porches blossom also.

There are many inexpensive and easy ways to create a magical spring time "curb appealing" porch which we will gladly share. Our cottage porch garden is blossoming this spring

If you haven't already, spring up your porch. If your porch is spring ready then find joy in simple things: the sound of chimes, the songs of birds, the jingle of ice in your glass...


WOW! We Did It! One Million Views

This month Mary and I reached one million views on our YouTube Channel. We really appreciate each of you who has watched some of our videos. While we are not professional videographers, we have fun making them for you.

We started creating videos for you way back in 2010 or so. Many of them are not fancy in any way, but we enjoyed making each one for you. Our latest series is our own Porch University.


Our youtube channel reached one million views
One million views of our videos! We are very appreciative!
On our channel, we have over 200 videos and 10+ playlists. Thank you for watching, subscribing, and commenting.


Timeless Garden Benches

Who doesn't love a nice garden bench? The two of us surely do.


weathered wooden near flower gardens
This bench was allowed to weather. Lovely!
Whether for taking a much-needed rest on a brisk walk or a comfortable place to observe birds or butterflies, a garden bench is a timeless piece of furniture seen on porches, on trails and back yards.

Garden benches are perfect for families strolling in the park and for friends who want to stop and visit for a while.


beautiful outdoor wooden garden bench on front porch
What a peaceful view from this garden bench
See more beautiful garden benches including a couple that I handcrafted myself.


Consider Yourself Porchunate?

Porchunate - the state of happiness by having a porch

Dave and I coined this word "porchunate". We think it's very fitting for all of us porch loving people. Do you agree?


Create Curb Appeal Fast

For those on the go - or for those "porchunate" not to be so busy - we have plenty of spring and curb appealing updates you can do on and around your porch.


front porch in spring time
Spring porch ideas





Home Plan of the Month - and a Gazebo Style Porch

cabin home plan with front porch from Family Home Plans
See this wonderful floor plan - Family Home Plans #86226
Can you imagine living in this home with its wraparound porch and farmhouse charm? Oh my! Talk about welcoming. And that garage, too. Family Home Plans has a wonderful selection of home plans with porches.


Family Home Plans Screened Porch Plan #503498
Plan #503498
How about this ultra charming gazebo-style porch? It was once featured in Better Homes and Garden magazine. Take a look at these plans and more.
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Introducing Porch University

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We welcome you to Porch University!

Mary and I created our own Porch University and developed an awesome course called Porchology 101. As self-proclaimed Porch Professors, we like you, don't have time for lengthy courses as it takes away from our porch sitting time.

So we created short videos that provide invaluable information all about porches. You don't need to take notes and we don't take attendance. Just enjoy.


First Two Videos of the Series

Porch University Introduction




Porch University - You Have 8 Seconds

Learn about ways to extend your smaller-sized porch





Welcome to Our Cottage Porch Garden

We love cottage-style gardens and decided to create one in front of our porch. How about you - is cottage your style?

Our garden is filling in nicely having started it last spring. We primarily use perennials but also add in showy annuals in to create extra pops of color and interest.


picture of our cottage porch garden
Our cottage-style porch garden in springtime
Our porch landscaping has evolved. Did you get to see how we put in our pea gravel walkway?

We have enjoyed it and have been very pleased with its durability and low maintenance. Granted, a few stones end up in our yard but we just sweep them back. We like the informal feel of the walkway.


picture of our cottage porch garden flowers - close-up
The individual flowers are a lovely sight - we love these purple star flowers.



picture of our cottage porch garden around the side near the porch steps
If you go around the corner of our porch, you see the vibrant pink azaleas in full bloom.
On that topic, here are some other pretty porch steps for you to enjoy.


Video: Our DIY Cottage Walkway



When we installed our pea gravel walkway, it was during the wintertime. We can do things like that living in the South.




Mobile Home Exterior Ideas

Podcast 39 - mobile home improvements you can make
Enjoy our podcast
Everyone loves a porch! We enjoyed talking with Tim Peele, owner of the Mobile Home Parts Store who shares his ideas for improving the exterior of your mobile or manufactured home. From adding a porch to upgrading your skirting, Tim shares some wonderful ideas almost any homeowner can use.

Listen to our podcast with Tim or one of our many other podcasts!




Pretty porch ceiling painted blue - courtesy of Pam Roberts
Our friend Pam painted her porch ceiling blue
Doesn't this shade of blue really boost the charm of Pam's porch? We were happy she shared her photo with us.

There's a story behind blue porch ceilings. Read it here.




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

Ebook cover -  14 page pdf showing how to square a porch or deck foundation Perfect for storage or use as a playhouse for the kids, a potting shed, or other fun structure.


NOTES:
1. Depending on the internet browser you are using, the actual document may not appear on your screen when you download. 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 PorchIdeas.com and FamilyHomePlans.com.

Download this free shed plan today!




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Mary and Dave Happy porch sitting from your friends,

Mary and Dave


Life is short. Enjoy your porch.



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