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Last Hurrah to Summer and Looking Forward to Fall - Issue #80 August 2016

August - many kids are back in school or soon will be, back to school sales, and many of us long for cooler days.

summer front porch with neat furniture Although summer is quickly coming to an end, it does signal that cooler temps and more porch time are just around the corner. With the kids off to school, perhaps you can spare a moment for that cup of coffee on the porch swing before you begin your day.

Our hearts go out to all the folks across the country dealing with floods, fires, and tornados. Many have lost their homes, loved ones, and belongings and we hope you can begin to rebuild your lives. - Mary and Dave

Listen to a Wonderful Porch Story

Podcast 34 - Understanding color concepts
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Shannon Lee, a professional writer, wrote a beautiful story about her memories of her Mom's front porch swing. Shannon not only wrote this story but also narrated it for us. It's just 6 minutes, but well worth it!.

To hear Shannon's porch story, please listen here.

You can learn more about Shannon here on our podcast page.

Speaking of the Joy of Porch Swings

beautiful white wicker porch swing on front porch

We Stop for Porches!

we stop for porches bumper sticker Mary and I probably need a bumper sticker that reads: "Caution: We Stop for Porches"!

Mary and I are like kids in a candy shop when it comes to visiting neighborhoods with pretty porches.

Sharing a Few Summer Porch Pictures

Thought we'd share a few of our summer porch pictures we've taken on our travels of homes whose owners definitely have porch pride. It's really hard to pass up stopping to take a photo of a beautiful porch.

gorgeous yellow home with idyllic wrap around front porch
Definitely a sitting porch

cozy home with metal roof and charming front porch with exterior house trim
Quaint and full of charm

bush bean front porch with white porch swing and colorful flowers
True summer comfort and color

Summer on this porch is extra wonderful
Photo courtesy of pandorea
Who wouldn't love a pretty porch like this? So full of personality and warmth.

Consider a Custom Watercolor Portrait of Your Vacation Spot

Does your family go to the same cabin year after year for a family trip?

Did you have a magical time at a lake house or a beachfront home this year?

Looking for a very special gift idea?

In addition to the beautiful custom house portraits that our artist friend, Leisa Collins, does for her customers, she also captures vacation memories.

Here are some examples of Leisa's work to spark your imagination and get you thinking about birthday and anniversary ideas.

Capture a family vacation memory like this Lake Arrowhead CA lake view - get more details on Front Porch Ideas and More
Capturing the vacation view from family time in Lake Arrowhead CA

Capture a family vacation memory like this Eastern Shore MD home - get more details on Front Porch Ideas and More
Vacation time on the Eastern Shore MD (notice the sweet porch!)
Learn more about the custom house portraits and other special paintings that Leisa does for her customers. Or you can call her directly at 703-598-7360. We are honored to be affiliates for Leisa. We have enjoyed meeting her and her husband and seeing Leisa's work personally.

Imagine a Tiny Home Like This!

Small porch on a very small tan house

Tiny house floor plans are popular these days. This small cottage-style house even has a cute pergola porch.

One hundred and eight six square feet (186 square feet) of cuteness. The plans / drawings for this small home are available to purchase. Go here to see pictures and more details.

Tiny house design - kitchen with full-sized appliances
The comfy living room of this tiny home has tall ceilings so it feels spacious

Home Plan of the Month

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If looking to build your own home, check out all of your option. Consider purchasing a plan online to save you money before you build.

Beautiful home with porch from Family Home Plans
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Beautiful family home with a great wraparound porch! Just imagine the memories that will be made here.

Want to see other plans with porches? See many more home plans with porches on our site.

We Are Seeing Stars

Nancy's back porch is beautifully decorated with stars
Photo courtesy of Nancy Carter
Do you notice that many homeowners decorate their homes and porches with stars? You sometimes see them on barns and cabins, too. We have a current Facebook post where many of our readers are enjoying this topic and sharing their stars with us.

This picture that Nancy shared with us is of her back porch. What a pretty collection. Ever wonder about the meaning of these decorative stars?

Back to School - Back to Porch Time

Hope you find time (or will find time) to sit a spell on your porch after the kids go off to school in the morning. Our grandchildren in TN have already finished their first four weeks of school. Relax with a cup of java or tea and enjoy the solitude on your porch.

Fall begins less than a month away and it's not too early to start thinking about porch decor for autumn. Porches get decorated more often during fall any other season and rightfully so.

magnificently decorated front door for fall by the every day home blog
Photo courtesy of The Everyday Home
From scarecrows to sophisticated decor, check out our extensive fall porch decorating section for unique ideas you can use on your porch this year.

Coming Soon in Our September Issue! Wait till you see what Mary has incorporated into our fall porch decor. Based on the latest trends, Mary will show you how to create a sensational looking porch; so easy, anyone can do it! And it' fun too.

Porch Construction Picks

Many of you will be building porches, decks, or screen rooms in the next few months. Here are guides to download and books we recommend for doing just that.

See How To Square Your Porch Or Deck Project

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 front porch design foundation square.

One of the most important factors to building a quality foundation is to be sure it is square to your home.

Download our step-by-step tutorial with helpful pictures, diagrams and a conversion chart for fractions to inches.

Get This Free Shed Plan - Could Make A Perfect Home Office Or She-Shed!

Free shed plan This simple plan is great for additional storage, a potting shed, a small home office or even a playhouse for your children.

1. If you don't "see" the plan when it comes up on your computer, no worries. Once you download it, you will see it just fine. Seems there are issues depending upon which browser you use, so not to worry.

2. Since these are construction blue prints, if you plan to actually build this shed, you will probably want to print the plans. 24x36" is the preferred size of paper. You can email the document to a local print shop or office store.

You may not need to print all the pages.

3. This plan is courtesy of Family Home Plans and the two of us.

Download this free shed plan today! Be sure to read our notes above.

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Mary and Dave Please enjoy browsing past issues of our newsletters right here. Take a few moments of chill time.

Happy porch sitting from your friends,

Mary and Dave

Life is short. Enjoy your porch.

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