Nashville, TN (PressExposure) June 05, 2009 -- Porches, as American as apple pie, were in part the result of technology and the industrial revolution that ultimately created leisure time. People spent time on their porches - yesterday's social networking medium. Families, neighbors, and friends gathered on front porches to share stories, the news, and just interact. They fostered a sense of community. As technology improved, furniture became more affordable; hence, the proliferation of wicker furniture, porch rocking chairs, and porch swings, the most popular porch furniture item.
Porches are alluring. It really takes effort to not notice a beautifully decorated porch. Many of us long for having time to just sit on a porch- we are just too busy. For others, it's nostalgic. We grew up with porches and remember the great times we had on them. "I grew up on a big porch with a swing at one end. I still remember the time I spent either swinging away a summer day or playing with friends on that porch," says Dave Morris of Front-Porch-Ideas-and-More.com. "That porch became our fort, the swing became our airplane, and the knee wall became our gymnastic equipment! I fondly remember standing on that porch with my dad during storms, watching the lighting and looking for tornadoes. Our youngest son and I did the same thing. Porches are for making memories."
David and Mary love porches, so much so, that they even bought a house because of the screen porch! They always found themselves looking at beautifully decorated front porches, no matter the size. "There's just something about a front porch that says welcome. Our ideal home would have a large wrap-around country porch, complete with swings and rockers. I spent an entire day not so long ago on a friend's porch. Only moved due to necessity, and then returned to my rocker. That was a great day!" says Dave.
With the advent of subdivisions, zero lot lines, and costs, we don't see as many large porches today. That doesn't mean you have to forgo enjoying the pleasure of even a smaller porch. There are many ways to expand your porch without major construction; add dÃ©cor and furniture to create a privacy nook, or make it into a screened or 3-season porch to extend your outdoor enjoyment. The focus of the Front-Porch-Ideas-and-More.com website is to give you plenty of ideas to make your porch be the best it can be.
"We wanted to give people a myriad of ideas for porch designs, decorating, landscaping, entertaining, building, and all of the accessories for porch enjoyment. We've lived in many different locations and climates so we have an appreciation for porches around the country. Each is unique but all have one thing in common- everyone is looking for great porch ideas to fit their budget. We try to provide ideas for very up-scale homes like open-wall systems to inexpensive DIY projects anyone can do."
Homeowners trying to sell their home can glean lots of ideas to explode their curb appeal. Who doesn't notice a beautifully decorated and inviting front porch? Furnished and landscaped properly, a porch can become a huge selling point. Have a small porch? Find ways to make it "pop"!