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Porches are still people places.

The porch is an idea whose time has never gone, as these four examples from around the West so clearly show. The porches on these pages suggest the versatility of this popular architectural feature. If attached to the front of a house, a porch conveys a sense of neighborliness. A backyard porch gives the homeowner a place of privacy and security. Porches modeled after those of the early ranch houses, which often sported shade-giving corredors running around the houses' entire perimeters, offer outside access from virtually anywhere inside. And then there are enclosed porches, which give users a taste of the outdoors without being subjected to the whims of the elements.

Climate control is, in fact, much of what porches are all about. In warm climates, a porch is a place of cool shadows that lets a house breathe on a hot summer day. For that matter, there's nothing quite like sitting on a porch and watching the rain fall, cooled by the moisture's presence yet sheltered from the storm. Thus, a porch is a transitional space, a sort of decompression zone between inside and out, offering a changeable outdoor family room where the action, or drowsy inaction, is.
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Author:Gregory, Daniel; Whiteley, Peter O.
Date:May 1, 1993
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