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Porch luxury

Dining on the porchThis has been a strange year since we've had cash to pay experts to make some capital improvements on the farm.

The barn roof repair job was definitely worth every penny, but it's only the beginning of a long project of barn reorganization.

The porch, on the other hand, is pure luxury.

Dining out in the open air on a hot summer afternoon feels just as luxurious as sitting in front of the wood stove does in the winter.

Both the wood stove and the porch cut back on our electric bill, but they're really all about enjoying life.  You can tell an improvement is decadent when Huckleberry moves right in.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Your new porch is beautiful, and I agree, there's nothing quite as luxurious at a soul-deep level as summer living on a porch! Enjoy it, you two! :)
Comment by Ikwig Sat May 5 08:52:00 2012
What a happy thing a porch is! No matter how wealthy or humble a home, it is always improved by the addition of a porch! Downright idyllic! Congrats.
Comment by jen g Sat May 5 09:39:06 2012

So I built the 12x18 foot porch where an existing (so called) car port existed just outside the backdoor. First the dogs, cats and mosquitoes moved in then the junk started to pile up. The dogs, cats and mosquitoes didn't mind the junk and now the only time I go there is to get to the workshop. What a waste of time and money as the dirt floor car port served the same purpose as the porch does now. The good part is the garden is on the other side of the house so I don't have to look at the porch/junk storage.

Comment by Oldfool Sat May 5 11:49:24 2012

Ikwig --- I definitely recommend porch life! We've been spending lots of time out there.

Jen --- You're so right --- a porch makes life so different. It's amazing how I automatically relax as soon as I set foot on it.

Oldfool --- Excellent cautionary tale. When Bradley was building the porch, I kept thinking that we could do this and that and the other on the porch, but I think we've decided to keep it wide open and just use it as an exterior dining/relaxing space. All of the junk generally ends up in the barn, which is why it's such a daunting task to get that area turned into useable space....

Comment by anna Sat May 5 13:37:32 2012
Congrats on that beautiful porch, I am definately jealous :) We have a porch, but it faces the west and as such gets way too much sun to be useful- except for toy storage LOL. Our solution is to put the table right next to the neighbors VERY tall fence. Nice and cool and still private:D
Comment by MamaHomesteader Sat May 5 14:28:33 2012
MamaHomesteader --- Thanks for the congrats! I totally know what you mean about hunting shade --- we moved our picnic table around all last summer looking for a shady spot.... I'm glad your neighbor's fence serves a purpose!
Comment by anna Sat May 5 17:58:16 2012
Porch looks great! Glad you both have a good place to relax.
Comment by Phil Sun May 6 12:02:19 2012
Phil --- Thanks! We're definitely enjoying it.
Comment by anna Mon May 7 07:10:32 2012

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