Few home experiences approach paradise quite like an afternoon curled up in a wicker rocker, reading a good book, or an evening of al fresco entertaining with your favorite folks. Top-rated contractors who provide outdoor living solutions say porches increasingly are becoming a focal point in many homes.
Porches are trending larger and more luxurious, with features like well-appointed outdoor kitchens and massive stone fireplaces. Flooring options range from tile to tongue-in-groove hardwood. Ceilings may be finished in an open-rafter style or with wood planking.
If you have a porch, prepare it for the summer by inspecting the structure and screens and hiring a well-reviewed handyman to re-stain the wood or repair screening.
Here are a few ideas for decorating a porch:
1. Hire a reputable electrician to add a ceiling fan and lighting for use at night and during the hotter times of the year.
2. Furnish it with comfortable seating and a place to dine.
3. Add plants and flowers to complement your furnishings and house color.
4. Consider a plug-in water fountain, wind chimes and other features.
Excerpt taken from The Sun News in Myrtle Beach. Article by Angie Hicks of Angies List.