Archive for the 'Porch Patrol' Category

New Orleans House Paint Colors — Blue, white and burgundy

I love this blue double shotgun Victorian. But what really makes it shine is the bright lime green of the chairs and table and the big burgundy pot on top. Who knew that was magic? Here are the colors that make the whole thing happen: • Siding and attic window frame: Blue • Door frames, fascia [...]

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Porch Patrol: Simple and cozy

This is a simple and cozy covered porch, but I wonder: Does anyone use it? I’ve walked by this house many, many times and have never seen anyone using it. Maybe they sit out and smoke late at night? What I like: The colors! The rich oranges and reds appeal to me, especially against the [...]

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Remodeling in History: 1948 — President Truman slammed for building a balcony off the White House

In 1948, President Harry Truman wanted to add a balcony on the side of the White House and his detractors were up in arms. “Women especially seem to resent the fact that Mr. Truman is altering the White House a few months before the people are choosing a president,” David Lawrence reported in the Spokane [...]

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Add a front porch; save the world

Have you ever driven or walked past a house that was so alluring, so charming, so warmly inviting that you felt an urge to go in and sit a spell? I bet that house had a front porch. I’m convinced that our future as a species would be more hopeful if we all had front [...]

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Ask an Architect: Can I pick your brain for ideas?

Question: I’d love to hire an architect to give me some ideas for my remodel. I’m not sure I want to hire the architect to oversee the whole project, or even draw up any specific plans. I just want the benefit of an architect’s creative ability to come up with visions for what my house [...]

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