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Easy Living

Before World War II, standard homes included the easy living stylings of a front porch.

Before television made a splash in homes, families spent a majority of time outside socializing and finding a cool breeze on a hot summer night. In turn, television and air conditioning have been blamed for the fall of front porch culture.

Along with the front porch came a culture that has since been studied by various outlets interested in culture change.

History tells us this culture consisted of lemonade, neighborhood gossip, apple pie recipes, and marriage proposals.

Though home living has changed, pick up any edition of any southern magazine between the months of February to December and you will find a beautifully adorned front porch with all the fixings.

(Usually January is the one month out of the year that an award winning red velvet cake, or the year’s hottest potted flower will be featured.)

Even though the majority of modern homes do not build the space, front porches still get good press.

So we took to the internet to ask why modern homes are not designed with front porches. Many responses involved the heat and the bugs. However, numerous people asked where they can get a front porch built!

Looking throughout the city, we find plenty of front porches obviously built onto historical homes. We too ask why and how can a front porch be built onto an existing home not set for the porch?

Take a look at these transformations from www.bhg.com

Before on left, after on right.

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