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Posted May 18, 2011 - 05:58 PM

Our house is a bungalow type house with a nice porch. The porch used to have wrought iron railing but they were removed. It is in direct sunlight during the day. Right now the whole front and sides are the exact same plain hedges. We would love to take it all out but would still need several things with heighth because of no porch rails. We are looking for any suggestions of what we can. The house is a clay/gray like color with dark maroon and hunter green accent colors.
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Posted May 18, 2011 - 07:06 PM

Pics would go a long way to understand & be able to make suggestions. I love my porch also!

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Posted May 19, 2011 - 07:18 AM

Was at a house the other day with welded chain railings. Looked nice. They were welded except for the last 2 links so they could take them off for deliveries and for springtime painting. Also gave them a place to hang some potted plants.

He painted them with stove black, seemed to be holding up pretty well.

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Posted May 19, 2011 - 10:45 AM

I too would like to see pictures, there has to be a way.
I believe the downfall of american society is directly related to the omission of porches and installation of air conditioning in new construction.
People used to walk through the neighborhood and visit with the neighbors sitting on their front porch.
Now they hardly even know the neighbors?
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Posted May 19, 2011 - 10:51 AM

In the cities, sitting on the front porch can catch you a bullet I'm afraid. But in the summer, I spend my evenings on my country front porch, and if it ever gets dangerous, then I'll sit there with a rifle or shotgun!

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Posted May 19, 2011 - 10:59 AM

if it ever gets dangerous, then I'll sit there with a rifle or shotgun!


I'll call before I head up the drive way next time if this is the case.

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Posted May 19, 2011 - 11:13 AM

I'll call before I head up the drive way next time if this is the case.


:bigrofl::bigrofl::bigrofl::bigrofl: I won't fire on you Chuck!

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Posted May 19, 2011 - 12:12 PM

In the cities, sitting on the front porch can catch you a bullet I'm afraid. But in the summer, I spend my evenings on my country front porch, and if it ever gets dangerous, then I'll sit there with a rifle or shotgun!


Amen brother :D

I'll call before I head up the drive way next time if this is the case.


LMAO

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Posted May 19, 2011 - 01:28 PM

I am in a similar dilema, my porch has solid 4' tall walls makes it feel inclosed makes the front of the house look like poo. I want to tear it out but don't know what to put up. If we could get people to post pics of their porch or ones they find appealing I think it would be a great idea generator.

I will post pics of my nightmare soon

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Posted May 19, 2011 - 01:53 PM

I am in a similar dilema, my porch has solid 4' tall walls makes it feel inclosed makes the front of the house look like poo. I want to tear it out but don't know what to put up. If we could get people to post pics of their porch or ones they find appealing I think it would be a great idea generator.

I will post pics of my nightmare soon



Here's mine as I was working on it last year.

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Posted June 01, 2011 - 08:45 PM

A retired friend of mine on a fixed income lives in a mobile home park. To get into his home he had to climb extra steep, wobbly stairs and hold on to shaky handrails that led up to a small landing. His park manager told him that he would have to fix up the porch or suffer fines and penalties. Because he didn't have either the skills nor the funds to do it, he asked me for help. Instead of fixing up his old porch I decided to tear it down and design and build a new one. He now has a new 8'x10' covered front porch with low rise stairs to help out his tired knees. Most of the materials were leftovers from other jobs or donated for free. The new porch gives him a nice place to sit outside for fresh air and to visit with friends. I built a sunset in the front railing to give it some added flare. Here's a photo of it taken prior to final finish where we added gutters, downspouts, plus extra trim and bracing around the bottom.
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Thankfully another good friend of his came by to help me with the project and we all had a great time doing it. This type of project would be perfect for our local high schools and junior highs to teach their students carpentry and other skills while at the same time helping the elderly or other folks on fixed incomes who need the help.

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Posted June 01, 2011 - 09:28 PM

This post in odd to me as we add a deck over the weekend all is done except the rails on the outside. Was thinking of making it look like 1/2 wagon wheel, Still in drawing so will add more later.

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Posted June 02, 2011 - 12:24 AM

I love my front porch. I agree that no one sits on the front porch anymore. At least not too many. Mine is somewhat private. I'll try to post pics to show what I mean. Everyone seems to have a deck in the back. I don't care for mine. Put the deck in front.

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Posted June 06, 2011 - 03:04 PM

. Everyone seems to have a deck in the back. I don't care for mine. Put the deck in front.


We sit on the front porch all the time now that it is good weather out side. We are wanting to expand the porch to wrap around the south side of the house.

As for privacy I can't even see any of my nieghbors houses. so the front porch is perfect.

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Posted August 25, 2011 - 07:09 AM

be innovative .. .in that..more..




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