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The Building Blocks of Beginning Porch Planning
The Building Blocks of Beginning Porch Planning - The Building Blocks of Beginning Porch Planning - II
Written by Peter Malik   
Tuesday, 10 May 2011 17:12
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Your porch roof should be chosen primarily for protection, and then for aesthetic appeal. You may need a strong roof to support winter's continuously falling snow, or perhaps a light canopy is all you need to keep the sun from burning your skin. Your ceiling choice must of course be compatible with the roof, and it should also become an attractive extension of the walls and home.

Although weather is a primary consideration when planning a porch wall or enclosure, the aesthetic appeal of your walls will have a far greater impact on daily living than the aesthetics of the roof over your head. Keep in mind that porch “walls” can be windows, screens, glass blocks, drapes, blinds, or a host of other materials. Porch “walls” can be movable or permanent, decorative or protective. Likewise, the columns you choose should complement your chosen flooring and wall material – and ideally your decor.

The lifestyle your porch supports will determine how you approach each building block of the porch planning process. Review the potential for safety and danger in every building block choice your consider. Your decisions will change over the years, but it's a lot easier to change your furniture and décor than it is to change your ceramic or stone floor. Make sure you consider the long-term effects of each decision.

Planning the perfect porch is a fun project that must not be done hastily. Great thought must be given to weather, safety, design, practicality, growth and changes, lifestyles, and of course personal preferences. A sturdy porch built to your well-thought out expectations one building block at a time will give your generations a place to always have good food, good friends, and a welcoming place to always enjoy home.