Front Porch Appeal
June Porch Jubilee - Issue #78 June 2016June - 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.
Classic wrap-around front porch - Fredericksburg TX
Time To BEE on Your PorchMary and I wanted to create a fun and "summer" theme 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 grand kids will have fun helping.
Make these bumble bee decorationsFrom 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 bunting, 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.
Happy Birthday America!
Video: Update on Our Cottage Style Walkway
Enjoy our update on our DIY cottage-style walkwayWe 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 ToolThis 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!
Hill Country PorchesMary 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.
Typical Sunday house with front porchMary 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.
Front porch with column brackets, running trim and spandrels
Lovely Fredericksburg Texas front porchWe 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 WoodworksSee more exterior house trim ideas and learn more about Vintage Woodworks handcrafted porch parts.
Benefit from a Beautifully Customized Aluminum Screen DoorUpgrade, 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.
Customized aluminum screen door by PCA Products
Build a Fantastic Screen Porch
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)
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