At the turn of the nineteenth century, anyone lucky enough to have a great, big wraparound front porch made good use of it. On hot days, children played, adults rested and visitors were entertained in the porch’s cool shade.
Though we don’t spend nearly as much time on them as our ancestors did, Americans are rediscovering the front porch. If you’re lucky enough to have one, celebrate my making it warm, welcoming and perhaps even whimsical. Tom and Laura Lyon’s fun front porch in Boulder, Colorado, featured in “Welcome Home: Reviving the Front Porch, From the Wraparound to the Stoop,” has some great ideas to get you started.
Boulder, Colorado, architect Tom Lyon of Wolff Lyon Architects wrapped his turn-of-the-century home with this gazebo-like octagon, which catches southern sun and takes full advantage of a corner lot. Photo by Povy Kendal Atchison
Tom and Laura’s mailbox made me laugh out loud. I don’t know if the mail carrier thinks it’s as funny. Photo by Povy Kendal Atchison
The columns on the Lyons’ porch are a gallery of famous men, including Sigmund Freud, Jack Kerouac and Bozo the Clown, made from simple, easy-to-cut shapes. Photo by Povy Kendal Atchison
A cast-iron reproduction bell acts as a dinner gong or a signal to the kids to come home. Photo by Povy Kendal Atchison
If it can accommodate one, every good porch must have a hammock. Swinging in the breeze with a glass of sweet tea and a good book on a hot summer day is just good living. Photo by Povy Kendal Atchison