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Beautiful Porch Living: Photos, Facts and Ideas

Updated on June 6, 2013
Beautiful porches - facts about porches, ideas with photos on how to enjoy and live well on your favorite spot in the house.
Beautiful porches - facts about porches, ideas with photos on how to enjoy and live well on your favorite spot in the house. | Source

Porches - a place to relax and have fun

There is something delightful and alluring about the porches of our homes. Although the porch we now have with our home is quite small, it manages to be the main place where our family likes to congregate. The latest adventure on our porch was the family and the kids crowding together to carve their pumpkins. 3 adults and 3 kids managed to squeeze together while they created their masterpieces, at one with the sun and the bright blue day (see their pumpkin carving video below)

Most of the homes that I have lived in have had porches, but my last home had one of the prettiest little porches I have ever seen. It had a little white picket fence surrounding it, with trees and plants all around the 3 sides. Being a gardener, I had alot of fun decorating that porch - adding a cute little vintage angel table, a worn but comfortable white wicker chair, along with a pot that contained overflowing strawberries, waiting to be picked by lucky porch dwellers.

The photo above was taken one beautiful day when the sun was filtering onto the porch. I thought what a lovely picture it would make and went and in and grabbed my camera phone. It remains one of my favorite photos to this day. Every-time I Iook at it, it gives me a sense of peace, the same sense of peace I get when I'm sitting on my porch. The poem below is about how my porch makes me feel: "A Safe Haven for my Heart".

Our current porch - my family carving pumpkins

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Facts about Porches

A porch (from the Catalan word porxo) is a structure attached to a building, forming a covered entrance to a vestibule or doorway. It is external to the walls of the main building proper, but may be enclosed by screen, latticework, broad windows, or other light frame walls extending from the main structure.

There are various styles of porches, all of which depend on the architectural tradition of its location. All porches will allow for sufficient space for a person to comfortably pause before entering or after exiting the building. However, they may be larger. Verandahs, for example, are usually quite large and may encompass the entire facade as well as the sides of a structure. At the other extreme, the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan has the longest porch in the world at 660 feet (201.2 m) in length. (from http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Porch)

(Dorsi Diaz is a freelance writer/publisher, photographer and artist that lives in the San Francisco Bay Area)

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The same porch photo with a "texture" effect

This is the same photo but I used the texture effect in Adobe Illustrator CS2 to create a canvas painted "look". copyright @Dorsi Diaz
This is the same photo but I used the texture effect in Adobe Illustrator CS2 to create a canvas painted "look". copyright @Dorsi Diaz | Source

A Poem I wrote about my Porch

A Safe Haven for my Heart


You are my favorite place

to sit

to think

to spend time with those

that I truly love.

Sipping lemonade,

an iced tea,

or some coffee.

You always remain the best place to be.

In Rain

Summer

Sleet or snow,

Your arms always wrap around me

Comforting me,

healing me,

letting me breathe.

I watch the lovelies from your arms,

beautiful flowers,

grass,

sky.

All part of your

wondorous view.

Just a porch?

I think not.

A haven for my heart?

Yes.

@Dorsi Diaz

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  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Peg) Thank you so much. I'm jealous - a wrap around porch! Lucky you lol!

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    Peg Cole 

    6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    I loved this story about your porch and the pictures as well. My wrap around porch is a haven that I treasure and enjoy in any season.

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @PDX) Thank you. What a wonderful place to write, on any day as long as the porch is covered too!

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    Justin W Price 

    6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

    i like this. I do love porches. do a lot of writing on them

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @hello,hello) Interesting. I didn't know that England doesn't have porches! Thanks for coming by my friend.

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    Hello, hello, 

    7 years ago from London, UK

    That is one great habit America has. Porches. I always loved them but in England you don't have them. I would love one.

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @yt) That's wonderful. I like that!

    @island) Ohhhh... I LOVE wrap-around porches! I am soooo jealous!

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    islandnurse 

    7 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

    We have a lovely wrap-around porch that was a huge selling feature for us... I love to decorate it for the various seasons and got a really cool old-school metal glider bench that is the spot my kids sit on to wait for the school bus out of the rain. Lot of good memories thinking about porches, thanks for the great hub!

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    Cathy 

    7 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

    Thanks for this hub. I, too, love front porches regardless of the season. It's also the last place I go every night to look at the stars and to hear the wind blowing through the trees and to observe the nature of silence up and down the street until life stirs again the next morning.

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