The Front Porch
Could it be the front porch is making a comeback? This outdoor space, which used to be a fixture on virtually every home, disappeared with the onslaught of suburbia, and families focusing more on backyard hideaways rather than neighbor friendly front porches. But times they are a changin’ yet again. Front porches are popping up on new housing designs and being refurbished on existing homes. Whether this “porch movement” has been brought about thanks to New Urbanist architects or just peoples’ need to reconnect with community it’s hard to say. I for one am glad porches are once again in favor. Our home has a medium to small front deck where we have a fifties style glider and numerous potted plants. The large weeping birch and cherry trees off to each side makes it the perfect place to sit sipping tea while chatting with the occasional passing neighbor. Although we’ve never been fortunate enough to have a wrap-a-round front porch on any of the homes we’ve owned through the years, I would be lost without at least a small front porch. The revival of the front porch is definitely a step in the right direction for American families. We are after all “a front porch kind of people”.