Porch planning

June 14, 2009

One of the things we’ve been pretty lazy about over the past couple of years is actually doing anything about our front porch. We sit out there occasionally, but it desperately needs a bench or some chairs or something going on out there. (I got a tiny bit organized earlier this spring and put a few plants out, but now it looks even barer than it did before!) Some new neighbors recently moved in across the street, and the first thing they did was put out porch chairs, which got me motivated to finally push this project a bit.

So: porch furniture. D.’s preference is for a bench, and for the past year or so I’ve been watching Craigslist and eBay and the local salvage yards for a suitable bench that isn’t too long (four feet long and a couple feet deep seems to be the perfect size, since the entire porch is a little over six feet long, and there’s just under two feet between the back wall and the door jamb) and ideally doesn’t block too much of the window, but still has a back. Finding all this in one bench has proven to be a bit tricky (okay, that’s an understatement!) so this weekend I finally started looking at buying something new.

Here’s the space:

Porch steps

Porch steps

The Labradane, lounging on the porch

The Labradane, lounging on the porch

...and the space we have to work with

...and the space we have to work with

What seems like the best thing to do with this space? I’ve toyed with both the bench D. wants and with the concept of two small chairs that could go at either edge of the window with a low table in between to avoid blocking the window itself; either way it’s not symmetrical because, well, the window isn’t centered over the porch to start with. There’s also a little side ledge that’s visible at the edge of the photos that’s quite nice for sitting and reading—but when you’re sitting there, you’re completely invisible from the street, and I also like the idea of being able to sit on the front porch and engage with (and be able to see!) the neighborhood, too.

So, I’m stuck. If I could get a clear vision of what belongs in this space, I’d be up for getting something custom made—doing that with our planters out back turned out to be an extremely good decision spacewise (and wasn’t much costlier in the end, either). But to do that, I need to be able to picture this hypothetical porch furniture….augh!

Ideas, anyone?


One comment

  1. The thing I like about chairs and a table is that gives the person near the door a place to put their drink down. I think it would also make the non-centeredness of the window less obvious than a bench would.

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