One amazing space in many homes today that is under-utilized is the front porch. There was a time in history when the front porch was part of the social fabric of a family. In today’s world, many homes have front porches, but the families in those homes often use the back yard exclusively for both personal and entertaining uses.
This article describes a family who wanted to connect more with their neighbors by returning to the idea of the neighborly front porch. It’s a very clever idea for making a socially-oriented space. We often use our outdoor furniture in the front yard as a simple way to connect with our country neighbors as they happen by in the summer months. It is amazing how people will stop and chat when we are lounging in the front yard!