Front Porch Living

Revival of the Front Porch

Lost in Suburbia

All homes at River Hill were intentionally designed to have large front porches, but why?

Early in American history, front porches were a common part of a home’s architecture.  Since homes didn’t have TVs or air conditioning, families would venture outside in the evening to enjoy the cooler night air and the company of neighbors.  As cars became commonplace, they changed the way people lived and so began the urban sprawl.  Homes were built farther apart and the backyard became the primary focus of the home.  Consequently, the “neighborhood” became a community of people who politely waved at each other on the way in and the way out.

Recently, there has been a resurgence of the front porch- not just for the character it adds to a home, but also for the culture it creates.  Front porches are both public and private at the same time.  They become an extension of the living room and offer a casual platform to engage passersbys in friendly conversation.  On the front porch, strangers become acquaintances who become friends.

At River Hill, the front porch is designed to live as a  natural extension of the home.  They are all 8′ wide to comfortably hold a pair of chairs, a bistro set, and a number of friends.  Set a short distance from the sidewalk, it is natural to visit with neighbors as they pass by.  Each porch develops its own personality as homes are characterized by the activities on the porch- politics, wine tastings, music, coffee, or town news.  What will your front porch be known for?