Porch Life

Discussion in 'V.C.'s Parlor' started by duceditor, Jun 12, 2021.

  1. gearobsessed

    gearobsessed Squier-holic

    Aug 21, 2013
    new zealand
    Beautiful porch Don, but give me a hammock under a willow tree anyday!!
     
  2. Lonn

    Lonn Squier-holic Staff Member

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    I spend a lot of time sitting on the deck.

     
  3. duceditor

    duceditor Squier-Axpert Gold Supporting Member

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    Wow! That's some lovely dec, Lonn! :)

    -don
     
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  4. Robb

    Robb Squier-holic

    Jan 13, 2011
    Chertsey Canada.
    We have 3 porches divided on 2 sides of the cottage and enjoying them every day
     
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  5. White Dog

    White Dog Squier-Meister

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    Iowa
    No porch or deck at my house; but I have a nice large back yard (here in nowhere's-ville Iowa) that is set up with a fire pit and chairs, a vegetable garden, apple tree, plenty of bird feeders (as well as bird houses) and Hummingbird feeders. Depending on time of day plenty sun and shade in different parts.
    If I'm not at work, and when it isn't raining---that is where you'll find me, my wife, and some neighbors.
    Winters are spent in my basement Studio.
    Life is good in that back yard!
     
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  6. Bob the builder

    Bob the builder Squier-Nut

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    Y'all got some nice decks & porches
    Being a builder I'm almost embarrassed but this is my little slice o the world IMG_20210603_225951762.jpg
     
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  7. jbrowning

    jbrowning Squier-holic Gold Supporting Member

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    Jan 28, 2019
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    And now my sister and I are looking at putting a covered front porch on our house. This is what it looks like now. The floor of the porch will end up being 30 ft wide by 6 ft deep by 1 ft tall.

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    Great looking porch Don.
    Jim
     
  8. radiotech

    radiotech Dr. Squier

    Apr 23, 2014
    Freedonia
    Here’s the front porch, the rear deck is in the process of upgrades. Hopefully, I’ll post it later in the summer.
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  9. blackspider57

    blackspider57 Squier-holic

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    Mar 11, 2017
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    So I would imagine that "back in the day"
    during the height of the summer heat, that some of the occupants of your home might have slumbered on that spacious porch?
    Have you ever considered or actually slept out there?
    I think that the mosquito population would have a great influence on any such activity.
    But it sure sounds like a pleasant idea?
     
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  10. duceditor

    duceditor Squier-Axpert Gold Supporting Member

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    No. Never have. Never even thought of it!

    I would imagine as a kid I would gave. The previous owner had teenage kids and they had obviously spent time in some of the cabins. And there are plenty of clearings for tents and the like.

    When the woods came right up to the house mosquitos could be a nuisance. But since we cleared the areas around the house and the in-use cottages not nearly so much.

    -don
     
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  11. White Dog

    White Dog Squier-Meister

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    Iowa
    Not sure how things happen in the "northeast"...but here in the midwest; YES...every freaking person I ever grew up with (including me) has "slept" on a porch, patio, back yard, front yard, neighbors yard, or somewhere in the block on or under a picnic table and/or, wherever they "laid their hat" (thank you Temptations 'Rolling Stone')...it happened every night during the summer for sure.
    Winter; you knew you'd die...so regardless of how f'ed up you were....you made it to a safe place (most of the time).
     
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  12. radiotech

    radiotech Dr. Squier

    Apr 23, 2014
    Freedonia
    Bought some used teak patio furniture, staining/sealing it is first step in the process of re-imagining the backyard.
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    This will receive a light sanding after drying.
     
  13. Horseflesh

    Horseflesh Squier Talker

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    I live in the Seattle area and what they say is true, it does rain a lot. But fortunately our home came with a big patio cover for the back yard.

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    We actually extended it at the beginning of this year. You can see the new half just doesn't match the old half, but that's life. Better it be half ugly than all ugly. (The installer said they could re-roof the old side using the existing posts, we may do that someday. )
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    The whole property is about 2.5 acres but the back yard is about an acre of lawn. The property line is way past that treeline and there's a creek down there meaning there is no chance of houses popping up close to us. (On the right you can see part of the neighbor's fence.)
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    We spent hours outside yesterday playing video games, haha. It was raining all day but it was also 68F so it was very comfortable.
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    In the summer we do outdoor movies.
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    We are lucky to have this house. It's in the suburbs near Seattle but has a large lot that feels secluded.
     
  14. duceditor

    duceditor Squier-Axpert Gold Supporting Member

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    Yes!

    Two thirds of our attached property, plus an additional acre across the street, is kept principally for that reason. To prevent an encroachment which would change the character of our own cherished space.

    My town is active in helping to preserve this as well. Allowing new construction -- indeed, encouraging it! -- but that without created sprawl.

    To that end they have relaxed space requirements in the town itself, while being increasingly strict in the area around it.

    Other 'rules' also help towards this anti sprawl goal. No drive thru restaurants are allowed, for instance . 'Healthy' public use of private land is encouraged by allowing property owners to earmark large sections of land for such, and for responsible forestry -- doing this putting it out of bounds for the taxman.

    Of our 29 acres 23 are thus kept open to hikers, hunters and the like, and good (meaning "healthy") forest management is taken seriously.

    but sprawlish housing developments? No!

    We quite often hear shooting on our land. Loud music or other human noise almost never. And that is just as we wish it to remain!

    As I posted earlier... "Space, Space. Space. Space. Space!" :)

    Now I know some people prefer the other. I've had a beloved friend tell me that he simply cannot sleep without the sound of people , sirens and car horns. -

    And that's fine too. There is (and there should be) no shortage of such places for those who prefer them!

    But not here. Not near me/us. :D

    -don
     
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  15. BobWithOneO

    BobWithOneO Squier-Meister

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    Dec 3, 2020
    Best Carolina
    I thought the title said Porsche life and I'm now a little sad.

    I live the Porsche life vicariously through my Miata.
     
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  16. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe Squier-holic

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    Dec 18, 2015
    Jersey
    Wow. Nice porch Don. Nice stock of split wood too. Our deck is small but private. We have a fire ring alongside and you can see our daughter's soccer goal before the woods. It's private, which is nice to have so close to the city.

    I didn't realize how quiet it really is at our house until we went all the way down to South Jersey for a soccer tournament. We stayed at a motel about 45 minutes southeast of Philly and southwest of Atlantic City. It should be quiet right? I joke that all they have are soccer fields and sod farms so all you can do is either watch soccer matches or watch grass grow. I was wrong. I found out you can also listen to traffic on the highway all night.

    I'm glad to have some peace and quiet around here, even if our space is a bit limited. IMG_20200516_204120306.jpg
     
  17. Exhead

    Exhead Squier-Meister

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    Jul 15, 2015
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    That is an amazing porch and I am sure a wonderful place to strum and to meditate.
     
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  18. RoyalWe

    RoyalWe Squier-holic Silver Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2012
    Western Oregon
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  19. duceditor

    duceditor Squier-Axpert Gold Supporting Member

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    May 29, 2014
    The Monadnocks, NH USA
    How very cool!

    No obe will likily here me/ us, but it’d still be fun to take part!

    -don
     
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  20. RoyalWe

    RoyalWe Squier-holic Silver Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2012
    Western Oregon
    I try to do it every year. Sometimes it’s just me and I pop out and strum a song or two, other times I’ve had some friends over for a little jam. It’s just cool to think of all the people worldwide who are also our playing music on the porch on the same day.
     
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