Mark Twain once wrote that sitting on a porch gave him “a deep sense of comfort and contentment.” The bard of American letters was not alone. Porches used to be where the family would hang out in the evening and visit with neighbors and watch the kids play in the yard. It was a way to catch the evening breeze when there wasn’t any air conditioning.
Porches still make inviting places to congregate and watch the world around you, which is why Home on the Range Interiors brings interiors outside with seating areas for conversation or for quiet contemplation. Here are a a few porches from our varied projects.
Here are some great porches I found on Houzz that are a little more “East Coast” than the porches we have in the mountains of Colorado but that have the same universal appeal.
I can just imagine sitting on this porch below reading a book or sipping an iced tea in the day or a mint julep in the evening as the neighbors stop by to chat!
Here is another great porch with a fireplace to take the chill off of the evening so friends and family can gather together after a busy day of hiking, fishing and boating. It’s perfect for a lake environment because it is screened in to keep out the pesky mosquitoes!
This reminds me of an old farmhouse porch where ma and pa would sit and rock in the evening after the chores were done.
Twain noted that “Each season brings a world of enjoyment and interest in the watching of its unfolding.” And what better place to gaze upon nature than a well-designed porch?
Which porch is your favorite?