Front Porch Appeal
August Heat Waves, Humid Nights,
and Porch Delight
Issue #69 August 2015
August - School has started for some (or will be soon), vacations for others, and many of us are looking forward to the cooler days to come.
Summer isn't over quite yet so there's still time to enjoy whatever moments we have on our porches.
Although August can boast it is "Happiness Happens Month", the time to celebrate "National Lawn Games Month" and "National Mustard Day", porch lovers know you don't need a special day to spend time on your porch; any day will do!
Still time for porch sitting
We hope you enjoy our photos of summer porches we've taken on our travels and be sure to see our house and porch plan of the month.
We also feature the winner of our summer porch contest.
Now's a great time to install a screen porch (we have plans and kits) and maybe build that outdoor shed or workshop - all with porches.
Last, but not least, we give you a little taste of autumn.
We Have a Winner
We are pleased to announce the winner of our summer porch contest.
We received many beautiful pictures of summer porches and our judges had a hard time choosing.
Lauretta's North Carolina Summer Porch
As the winner of our contest, Lauretta will receive an original watercolor of her home by Leisa Collins.
Enjoy all of our entries on our pleasant summer porch page.
A Unique and Welcoming Gift Idea
Is there someone you know getting married or celebrating a wedding anniversary?
Do you have parents who are moving from their home into an independent living or assisted living facility?
Why not give a gift that will warm their hearts and be cherished for months to come.
An original water color painting of their home, church, or other memorable location is not only unique but also something that will constantly remind them of a cherished time in their lives.
A gift that would be greatly appreciated
As the winner of our contest, Lauretta will receive an original watercolor of her porch by Leisa Collins.
A Leisa Collins Watercolor House Portrait
Learn how you too, can have your home portrait painted by Leisa.
Our House Plan of the Month
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We enjoy finding wonderful house plans (with porches of course) to share with you.
Not only is the exterior charming but you'll find the floor plan is both functional and spacious.
Ranch Home and Porch Plan 73150
by Family Home Plans
Check out the interior layout of this beautiful home design!
From exterior elevations (showing wonderful porches) to the latest interior layouts, house plans online are ideal for anyone contemplating building their dream home,
transitional home, screened room, and other structures as well.
August Should Be Screen Porch Month
Custom Screen Porch by The Porch Company - Nashville
Visit their wonderful Porch Store today.
Prolong your summer into fall and even winter by installing a DIY screen porch, three season porch, or build a screen porch from a plan.
Either way, enjoy the rest of summer and all of fall in your new screen porch. Mary and I loved our screen porch and enjoyed sleeping out on those cool fall evenings.
Your 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 Screen Houses Unlimited.
Sample of the Many DIY Screen House Kits
courtesy of Screen Houses Unlimited
Sun Room Plan
Another option is to build your screen porch (or sunroom as shown below) from a plan (they have many) 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.
Sunroom Plan #90021 from Family Home Plans
Add Some Porch Comfort and Utility
Whether for your screened porch or for your home, nothing beats the look of a high quality customized aluminum screen door from PCA Products.
Once you have your screen porch, or if you already do, relax in this amazing swing bed by The Porch Company.
With its unique design you can easily use it as an outdoor bed or reposition the back and enjoy it as a swing.
Check out the many other amazing porch products available through The Porch Company.
Transform your screen porch into a three season room with these amazing porch windows.
Enjoy those cool days of fall in an inviting outdoor space.
This all-in-one window is both attractive and durable.
If you want to prolong your outdoor time in comfort, you owe it to yourself to check this out.
Here's a quick way to add a little pizzazz to almost any porch - install exterior trim like the brackets on this porch.
Whether you prefer simple or ornate, we share lots of exterior trim ideas that will definitely add a little "extra" appeal to your porch.
Have fun finding just the right look for your front porch and choose from a myriad of options all at Vintage Woodworks.
In need of a storage shed or workshop?
We saw these plans and thought they would appeal to many; we especially like the porches, of course.
If I had the space I'd definitely would like to build the workshop.
Ideal workshop with porch
This potting shed could make a nice playhouse too.
Family Home Plans #85951
Potting shed with porch
Family Home Plans #501940
Enjoy checking out all of the outdoor structure plans, from sheds to gazebos and much more, that are available at Family Home Plans.
Fall is Just around the Corner
Mary and I thought you might enjoy a few autumn porch pictures to start generating ideas for decorating your porch.
These ideas and lots more can be found in our autumn porch decorating section.
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Happy porch sitting from your friends,
Mary and Dave
Life is short. Enjoy your porch.
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