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Planning the perfect porch

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With a lot of our packing done, this week will be committed to cleaning, mowing, and helping our homestead put its best foot forward as we get in touch with a realtor and prepare to sell. In the process, I'm also taking copious notes on aspects of the homestead I want to replicate in our new stomping grounds.

Front porch

Porches are a biggy, and after having three of them built I finally know exactly what I want. Our front porch --- 12 feet wide by 24 feet long --- is a perfect size, luxuriant and open with lots of space for curing vegetables, drying seeds, and dining.

Unfortunately, we don't use it as much as I'd like in the summer --- prime porch season --- because the structure faces south. So the perfect porch on my opinion would be just like this one...but on the north side of the house for summer shade. As a bonus, the north face of our new place will face into the woods and away from the road, making it a perfect fit for private summer living.

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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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This is were people building a second system/project/house have the tendency to try and fix everything that is wrong with the first system/project/house.

Often with huge cost overruns and disappointment as a result. So choose the things you want to fix carefully.

My experience with housing is you have to live in it for a while to see what really needs fixing.

Comment by Roland_Smith Mon Aug 14 08:59:04 2017
Ohio is a cooler climate and a south porch may be more appropriate up there.
Comment by wewally Mon Aug 14 12:49:52 2017
I don't think the climate between Dungannon VA and Athens OH is going to be that drastically different. It's not like you are moving to the arctic tundra or anything! You are going from 36.9 to 39.
Comment by Eric Mon Aug 14 17:08:09 2017
We have found that porches in multiple locations are preferable, as the sun moves during the day. Our largest porch is on the east side of the house which is great for sitting at in the evening. However, we also have worked on other sitting areas for drinking coffee in the morning where the sun makes the east porch too intense. However, there are some cool mornings in the spring, fall and winter when sitting in the sun on the south porch in the morning is a good thing.
Comment by Tisha Mon Aug 14 22:15:35 2017
The old place is looking good. Great teamwork guys. I hope you continue to enjoy the new venture. It's great to clean up. When we thought we were going to sell, and started to clean up, we realised we like the old place too much to leave. But at least we can get our cars to the street, and access civilisation.
Comment by Chris Mon Aug 14 23:17:57 2017
I forgot to ask - will you close the old blog and start a new one, once you move? Or will you just continue blogging from here.
Comment by Chris Mon Aug 14 23:20:17 2017

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