Dual Front Porches Borrows Comfort

Front porch is frequently considered the quintessential part of Southern structure — it has long been the perfect place for enjoying the view, grabbing a snap or just setting a charm, as they say in the South. Front porches were the first social networking tool, a pretelephone method for neighbors to commune, visit and catch up without ever leaving the comfort of their own homes.

If a single porch is good, two must be better — especially if an expansive view is demanded. The tradition of building double front porches in the USA goes back to the very first settlers. But if you ask us, it’s an architecture staple worth holding onto. Here are a couple things to consider when handling the dual front porch.

Craig Denis

Any pair of porches is a fantastic addition to the front of a house, but should they wrap around, all the better. Wraparound porches guarantee lots of room to sitting areas, dining spots and of course, that all-important hammock for grabbing an afternoon nap.

Catalyst Architects, LLC

The pillar is a important characteristic from front porch, both visually and structurally. Traditionally, front porch column is big, cylindrical and includes an ornate capital.

Max Crosby Construction

The ceilings of front porches new and old have long been painted blue for a number of factors. Tour guides in Charleston, South Carolina, assert the color keeps the bugs at bay and has been initially introduced to keep spirits away. Some assert it extends the daylight hours. Some just like the color, since it reminds them of the sky.

From the South, the perfect front porch color is referred to as Haint Blue. Fortunately, the majority of the major paint companies have a formula for the ideal shade, making finding the proper color simple.

JacksonBuilt Custom Homes

Ceiling fans enhance the already fantastic breeze off this pair of porches. They are excellent on balmy summer nights.

Max Crosby Construction

Settlers of the South started building dual front porches, mimicking the look of their Palladian ancestors. Two symmetrical flooring with columns became the appearance of the day. The convention has stuck, according to this 2006 Southern Living ideahouse built on Charleston’s Daniel Island.

New Old, LLC

Deciding on a proper porch rail is virtually as important as picking the porch itself. Straight spindles, curved spindles or even wrought iron are types of porch railings that provide a home a distinctive appearance.

Craig Denis

Obviously the orientation of the house dictates the orientation of this porch. Before the days of air conditioning, the houses were ideally built facing south, so they could benefit from winter to heat the house while capitalizing on the breeze and color that’s so necessary for summertime.

CBI Design Professionals, Inc..

For yearlong enjoyment, a screen on one of the porches helps keep bugs out and provides a little more privacy.

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