After a long, hard winter, there is a new level of excitement for summer. This is the time of year, Ann Arbor celebrates with festivities like Top of the Park and low-key drinks at Bill’s Beer Garden behind Downtown Home and Garden. It’s also the time we think more about the exterior of our homes—and start to pine for a well-designed front porch.
The history of the front porch is interesting, as documented in MLive’s The History of the Uniquely American Front Porch. The front porch is an archetype in classic American home design and is notable in many homes in the 1900s. For example, many of the historic Sears Home Kits featured front porches in their floor plans (check out the price of the kits—just for kicks!). These front porches connected the homeowner with the neighborhood as well as created a covered extension of living space.
Architecturally speaking, the front porch was the first step in the progression of spaces that welcomed a visitor from the exterior to the interior—from public space to private space. The front porch fell out of fashion in the mid-1900s when the desire for decks and more privacy became the mode. As in fashion, ideas are recycled, and we are experiencing a renaissance of the front porch. Below are several examples of Meadowlark front porches.
This porch is contained inside the footprint of the home; in other words, it doesn’t wrap around the house. This Meadowlark custom-built home was designed to fit seamlessly into one of Ann Arbor’s oldest neighborhoods and has the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED Platinum certification.
This porch begins to wrap the home slightly and take its own form, adding living space to the exterior. This remodeled home also has the USGBC’s LEED Platinum Certification. We love the front door color our clients selected!
The porch here runs along the linear facade of the one-story home. Instead of wood, this porch features exposed aggregate concrete floor, and it also includes a porch swing.
By Jen Hinesman