A Future With a Front Porch

16 thoughts on “A Future With a Front Porch”

  1. I love our cottage home, but I absolutely adore our porch. We live out there as much as the New England weather permits, which is typically May through October. In the morning, with a cup of coffee and a book of poetry, it is a space for contemplation. Mid-day, with the laptop, it is a space to work while we savor the beauty around us. In the evening with a glass of wine, it is a space to watch falling stars and fireflies and share stories of the day. Enjoy!

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  2. A porch is to an American home what a terrace is to a French café.
    I dreamed of a home with a porch when I left Paris and my apartment with its tiny balcony. Here in California I have been living for the last ten years in a house with a porch. When I leave this house I will miss its porch more than any other room.
    A porch is a natural extension of a home. Regardless of its size I’m sure it will be your favorite room. To dream. To read. To pot a plant. To be outside and yet sheltered by your home.
    Happy porch times to you!

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  3. I’ve yet to live in a home with a front porch, but I’ve dreamed of it, too, for so long.

    When I was in school for landscape architecture, the promise of “fostering community ties and neighborliness” was made by almost every student suggesting new urbanist front porches during midterms. (Much in line with the “if you build it they will come” mentality of those suggesting foodcart pods for every urban block in need of redevelopment in Portland…but I digress.) From wise professors’ feedback and personal experience on other friends’ front porches, I can say success comes down to the actual openness and effort inhabitants put into connecting with the space and with their surroundings.

    Sounds like your spirit’s in just the right place! So excited for you.


    1. Thanks!

      I realize a lot of this “fostering of community” also depends on where exactly we park our tiny house — someone’s ranch or farmland? Far from neighbors? We have no idea at the moment (and that challenge, I suppose, is all part of the fun).


  4. I love front porches too and we actually just finished renovating the front entrance of our house from a narrow stair to a large front porch. The visual change is dramatic but even more surprising is how comfortable people feel now stopping by to visit. Our neighbors come over to catch up and even our mail carrier and UPS drivers slow down to chat. Front porch magic. 🙂


    1. I agree — there’s something visual as well that draws you in. I’m very much a sucker for minimalist modern spaces, and the Mica model (the first on this page) attracted me very early on.

      But I thought about what was missing — shelter when it rains, as you take your muddy shoes off, or a place to just sit and dangle my legs as I read…

      That’s great that you just finished your renovation!


  5. Porches are my favorite place to be. The house I grew up in (in Georgia) has three, and when I go home, the porch is even better than the kitchen for congregating. Or for being alone. I go out there in the mornings when the world is silent and I watch it come awake, or we hang out on it in the evening while Dad smokes a cigar and we drink wine and cocktails. My husband and I don’t have a porch in our current home, and it drives me bananas. I want to sit out there and watch the world.

    I think you’ll love your porch – it is still sheltered space that will be part of your home, it will just be on the outside instead of the inside. With a porch you can spend time outside even when it rains, which is one of the best times to be outdoors.

    Also, I love that you wrote about porches 🙂 With spring coming you’ve made me want one even more.


    1. Yes, yes, yes — love the thought of going out in the mornings when the world is silent and watching it wake up. Currently, we have a huge window looking out into the street where we live — an alleyway our building shares with a number of other live/work loft buildings and an art school dorm. It’s, uhh, *not* the same.

      I’m looking forward to it.


  6. Some of the best moments in “To Kill A Mockingbird” take place on the porch. This is a place for reflection, reading, teaching, learning, and saying “Hey!” when your neighbors pass by. Congrats on the new home.


  7. The only real memories I have of the front porch is that is where I always had to explain to Jehovah’s Witnesses that I was good with my faith… and a few other neighborhood arguments… I was more of a back yard guy. Kicking it in private…


    1. “I was more of a back yard guy.” Yeah, I hear you — I love the privacy of a backyard as well — all the space for lounging and play. I miss that as well — hopefully where we end up parking our tiny house, we’ll have this kind of space!


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