Front Porch Appeal - Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer on Your Porch
Issue #68 July 2015
July - hot humid days, sprinklers, afternoon thunder storms, summer vacation trips, and kids riding bikes (or playing lots of video games hopefully on the porch).
July is also for porch sitting and taking time to watch the world go by.
It's the perfect time to celebrate porches and Mary and I have a special offer for you. We've teamed up with our friend Leisa Collins,
a renowned watercolor artist who is giving away a special gift (details below) that will be treasured for years to come.
Summer porch splendor in pink
We'll also share our latest porchfest pictures from Westhaven in Franklin, Tennessee.
You never know just how much fun a porchfest can until you attend one;
Amy Grant was one of the artists who sang from a porch!
Check out the schedule below to see if a porchfest will be playing near you this summer or fall.
Fairfield Illinois held a porch decorating contest and we are delighted to share some photos.
Building a house soon?
Check out these latest house plans online for lots of ideas and wonderful home plans.
Celebrate Summer by Entering Our Pleasant Summer Porch Contest
You could win a free water color portrait of your home by renowned watercolor artist Leisa Collins.
A painting to be greatly appreciated A Leisa Collins watercolor house portrait
All we need is a photo of your porch; it's that easy to possibly win a custom watercolor portrait of your home.
Our rules are simple:
- Three independent judges will choose one winner based upon an appealing summer porch whether that be via your furnishings, landscaping or colors! The winner will receive a handcrafted
watercolor painting of their porch or home by Artist Leisa Collins.
- You must be at least 18 to enter
- Contest runs from Wednesday July 15th through Friday July 31, 2015
Don't delay - take your porch photo today!
- Please only submit photos of your own porch
- You may enter up to three photographs of your summertime porch. For example two close-ups
and one that shows your house in the photo. Show off your porch however you like.
Please send original photos.
- No people pictures please
A gift that would be greatly appreciated A Leisa Collins watercolor house portrait
Whether you enter the contest or not, would you like a house portrait of your childhood home, the church in which you were married, or perhaps your parent's home as an
anniversary gift? See samples of Leisa's work and contact her for a custom house portrait.
Build Your Dream House with Plans Online
Thinking of building a house this year or remodeling your existing home? You can get amazing ideas from viewing
house plans online.
From exterior elevations (showing wonderful porches) to the latest interior layouts, these plans are ideal for anyone contemplating building their dream home,
transitional home, screened room, and other structures as well.
Check out the interior layout of this beautiful home design!
10 Planning Factors to Consider in
Thinking of building a screened porch this summer or fall?
Now's the time to start planning your special outdoor space.
Your Screen Porch Design
Spacious screen porch interior (photo courtesy of JA101)
Luxurious screen porch by The Porch Company
Before you begin, learn how wind, geography, and even your HOA can affect your new structure.
Check out our 10 planning factors that
will definitely help make your porch project enjoyable for years to come.
Screen Porch Options
Screen Porch DIY Kit
You might want to consider a screen porch kit.
They come in a variety of options and styles that you can easily install yourself.
Prolong your outdoor time with a screen porch kit like the one
below from ScreenHousesUnlimited.com.
Screen Porch Plan
Another option is to build your screen porch from a plan like the ones we found at Family Home Plans.
If you have basic carpentry skills and the time, this may be just right for you.
Porch Design Idea
Know what the enclosed balustrade (railings) on a porch is called (answer at bottom of page)?
We are often asked that question and thought we'd share two photos of those we've spotted from across the country.
Beautiful stone "balustrade" in California
Aesthetically pleasing "balustrade" design in Florida
See more photos in our porch railings design section.
Porch Events Across the Country
From jumping off porches to playing music on them, porches are popular places for all kinds of events.
Mary and I attended a porchfest near us a few weeks ago and wanted to share a few photos.
Be sure to check out the national schedule of porchfests occurring later this summer and fall.
Neighbors enjoying Westhaven Tennessee Porchfest 2015
Everyone enjoys porchfest!
Sit back and listen to the music
If you are in the area be sure to check one out.
Here are just a few of the many porchfests happening soon - learn more about specific porchfest events near you.
Pretty Up Your Porch
The folks in Fairfield, IL recently held a porch contest that they aptly named "Pretty Up Your Porch Contest".
And we are happy we can share their pictures with you.
As you can see, they take a lot of pride in their porches.
Here are just a few and we'll share more later.
We love the fact that Fairfield had their first porch contest.
We heard from them that they were inspired by the porch contests held in Brigham City, UT. How nice is that!
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Happy porch sitting from your friends,
Mary and Dave
Life is short. Enjoy your porch.
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