The Porch Book

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Wiley, Apr 20, 2012 - House & Home - 192 pages
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Ideas and instruction for adding a porch to your home

The Porch Book is inspiring and broadly instructive, showcasing the beauty and benefits of adding a porch to common home styles. A gallery of inspirational ideas includes porches designed for enhanced outdoor living, with an emphasis on those attached to decks and patios. Plenty of attention is given to structural considerations, such as bolstering framing to add a porch to a deck, adding a roof, footings and foundations, insulation and weatherproofing, and wiring and plumbing basics.

From simple covered steps to grand verandas, porches are inviting, comfortable, gracious, and even genteel. They can add warmth to the coldest facade, increase energy efficiency, and offer a sweet sweep of shade outdoors. Turn to The Porch Book and flip through a section of before-and-after photos that demonstrate how front porches can radically improve the look of a home. Then, choose a construction style that complements your home and get ready to bring some added charm to your living space.

  • Features before-and-after photos that inspire you to give your home's exterior a facelift
  • Covers amenities that make porches more attractive, like lighting and fans, kitchen areas, decorative ceiling and wall treatments, flooring options, and much more
  • Offers design construction topics, like using an architect, permit issues, adding entryways, and more

Whether you're looking to upgrade an existing porch or build a new one from scratch, The Porch Book inspires and instructs you on everything you need to create a porch that invites you to slow down, sit back, take a big breath, and come together with family and friends.

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For more than 75 years the Better Homes and Gardens brand has been one of America's most trusted sources for information on cooking, gardening, home improvement, home design, decorating, and crafting. Through refreshing ideas, clear directions, and beautiful photographs, the brand has inspired millions of Americans, with more than 38 million books sold since 1930, including the New Cook Book, New Garden Book, and New Decorating Book—all cornerstone titles in their categories. Today, the Better Homes and Gardens brand encompasses books, magazines, television, radio and online media. The greater BH&G family includes partner brands such as Family Circle, American Patchwork and Quilting, Country Garden, and Diabetic Living, all of which publish under the BH&G imprint.

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