I shouldn't complain.
We have a very fun yard.
Rain or shine.
Sleet or snow.
Fun stuff everywhere.
buckets of yard art.............
a breezy back yard
grass and a swing
flowers in Spring.
But I would still like to have a porch.
One can't really build a porch onto a
Frank Lloyd Wright
house like we have.
Your house has to start with one.
Or it will look like it's added.
And while we're at it......
I'd like all of my neighbors to have a porch, too.
People like the image; it takes them back to simplicity,
it conjures up the symbol of
'I want to go there,'
and the porch takes them there.
I wouldn't want a house without a porch.
I try to discourage people from building decks,
which are totally useless.
The more sides of the porch open to the great outdoors, the better.
One is hardly enough, two is better; three is ideal.
One factor pulling people away from the front porch and its engagement with the public realm may have been the backyard's emergence as a more pleasant place to spend time.