The two of us bring you the Porch Ideas Podcast to share tips and DIY to make the most of your porch and front yard. We bring you experts who offer ideas for planning, designing, building and decorating your porch. And not only that, but you also get wonderful ideas for landscaping around your porch. Thank you for listening to our podcast. We appreciate you, our listener, very much!
40: Front Porch Ideas-Endearing Memories of a Front Porch Swing
Porch Stories: Porches are special places for making memories. And many of those memories are made on the front porch swing. Shannon Lee wrote this true account of how she passed through the rituals of childhood with the front porch swing as her anchor and her mom as her sounding board. We know you will enjoy the special memories that Shannon shares with us here. Thank you for listening!
This story first appeared on the Build Direct Blog and we are pleased that Shannon narrated it for us to hear.
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39: Front Porch Ideas-Mobile Home Improvement Ideas
In the mobile home / manufactured home world, there are plentiful ways to make wonderful home improvements. Our guest, Tim Peele, President of the Mobile Home Parts Store, explains the most popular ways his customers improve their homes - both exterior and interior.
Tim touches upon assorted ways that mobile and RV home owners add curb appeal and improve the original amenities of their homes
- How skirting boosts the appeal of your home and helps keep critters out
- The beauty of shutters and awnings
- Using patio covers and custom roofing options to create a covered porch
- Adding temporary or permanent space to your mobile home with a three season porch or sunroom
- The #1 bathroom improvement that Tim is seeing his customers want
- The #1 kitchen improvement that mobile homeowners would like to have
- The difference in sizes for tubs and sinks between conventional homes and mobile homes
- The many DIY tips offered on their website from replacing a door to measuring windows to repairing ceiling stains - and so many more
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38: Front Porch Ideas-What's Better than a Screened Porch?
Whether you have a covered open porch or a screened porch, you can easily and affordably turn it into a wonderful three season porch.
Caison Craven from DIY Eze Breeze, one of our fine sponsors, shares with us how their screened porch windows can easily turn your screened porch into a three season porch. And not only that, how these windows keep out pollen, dirt, dust, rain and wind so that you can enjoy your porch more months of the year.
- These vinyl screened porch windows are more affordable than glass windows which equates to an affordable three season porch. Maybe some of your budget can then be directed to comfortable furniture and rugs!
- Windows can open up 75% compared to 50% for casement windows allowing you much more fresh air and wonderful breezes than ordinary windows.
- The vinyl windows can be tinted so you can block out the strong rays of the sun and enjoy your porch that much ore.
- If wind, dust, pollen or rain keep you from your porch, these windows take care of that problem. So enjoy your porch even when the weather isn't the best.
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37: Front Porch Ideas-Madison Indiana: A Porch Lovers Haven
We welcome Linda Lytle, Executive Director of Visit Madison,Inc.
Linda shares why people love Madison so much and gives us a sampling of things to do there such as attending one of their many festivals, hiking at Clifty Falls State Park or watch the boat races at the Madison Regatta during the 4th of July festivities.
Or do what we love: stroll the downtown streets and enjoy the amazing architecture, porches and friendly people who live there!
Whether you live in Madison Indiana or are one of its 300,000 visitors, you realize it is a friendly community that welcomes visitors and loves its historic downtown area.
This is a historic Hoosier community with 19th century buildings and homes where people live and work. The town is noted not only for its historic and scenic beauty but also for its many festivals, hiking and biking trails, arts and music culture and the friendly camaraderie.
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36: Front Porch Ideas-Madison Indiana - An Extraordinary Small Town With Porches
Madison, Indiana is one amazing porch town, located on the Ohio River smack dab between Cincinnati Ohio and Louisville Kentucky. Dave and I interviewed Trevor Crafton, Executive Director of their Chamber of Commerce, to learn the background of this vibrant and welcoming small Midwest town.
Madison IN is a very scenic riverfront town located on the Ohio river between Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH. It has been selected as one of the top 15 semifinalist communities in the America's Best Communities competition - the winner to be selected in 2017.
The downtown section is comprised of historic building and houses which have very charming porches and architecture. Captivating in appearance, the historic colonial and shotgun homes are postcard worthy.
The majority of Madison's downtown area has been designated the largest contiguous National Historic Landmark in the United States—133 blocks of the downtown area. Larger than the historic districts in either Charleston SC or Savannah GA.
A cultural arts and music center, its town people embrace festivals, visitors and 21st century technology. The low cost of living, low unemployment rate, walkways and bike paths and nearby Hanover College are but a few of the reasons people enjoy living in Madison.
Dave and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit there and we know you will enjoy this podcast we had with lifetime resident and Executive Director of the Chamber, Trevor Crafton.
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34: Front Porch Ideas -Understanding Colors for the Exterior of Your Home and Porch
Our guest, Lori Sawaya, from The Land of Color, is a color expert and color strategist. She understands both the art and science of color. Lori helps those of us who are color-impaired to understand how to make the most of color in your decorating especially the exterior of your home.
She also clears up some misconceptions that most of us have about color - such as the meaning of neutrals and why, for example, the color red doesn't pop as much on brown as it does on white.
She also tells us about a new system that one of the big paint stores is offering in their stores to help consumers make better colors choices the first time.
If you are like us, we bring home a color of paint for our walls only to be surprised at that the color has more yellow, green or pink in it that we didn't notice in the paint chip. Lori talks about how we can alleviate that.
But in the end, she says, that the ultimate test will always be to bring home a sample from the store and try it before we do the whole project.
This is educational and helps to clear up some of those mysteries we have about color in our world. And best of all how to apply it to the exterior of our homes and porches. Yeah!