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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561588490
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561588497
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.8 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #840,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Need a place to catch your breath and watch the world go by? Look no farther than your front porch. On the Porch, a planning and design guide by James M. Crisp and Sandra L. Mahoney offers tips about construction and maintenance, plus information about finishing touches like lighting, rockers, and hanging plants." --Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion"
Authors James M. Crisp and Sandra L. Mahoney discuss every element of porch design, but their book is no dry how-to manual. It's about possibilities and potential - as the subtitle notes, it's about "creating your place to watch the world go by." That's my definition of a getaway, for sure. "--The Philadelphia Inquirer"
A porch can change the look of your house, provide a transition from indoors to outdoors and offer another living space. With so many benefits, it's a wonder not every house has one. In "On the Porch," by James M. Crisp and Sandra L. Mahoney (Taunton Press, $30), you can see fabulous porches from coast to coast. The lushly photographed book offers tips on planning, design, decoration, landscaping and construction, as well as a look at different types of porches -- you'll almost feel the breeze and taste the lemonade. "--Austin American-Statesman
"The beautiful photographs will take you away to a refuge of peace and quiet even if you're not lucky enough to own one of these porches. Authors James M. Crisp and Sandra L. Mahoney have written a porch bible with before-and-after photos to show you the possibilities, from curb appeal porches to those offering secreted privacy, a nest for sleeping or a spot for entertaining. But practicality has been included as well with sections on planning and design, tips onconstruction and maintenance, landscaping, lighting and furnishings. You'll want to keep it out for winter dreaming. "--The Cincinnati Enquirer"

About the Author

Originally from Texas and Louisiana, James M. Crisp is the principal of Crisp Architects in Millbrook, New York. He has received awards for design and his work has been featured in many publications, including Renovation Style and Country Living.



Sandra L. Mahoney has been involved with residential architectural projects in Washington, New York, Virginia, California and the UK. She is a Senior Project Designer for Crisp Architects.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Poyye on June 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is very well written and gives good, practical advice which should be considered when you are planning to build or remodel a porch addition to your house. It gives types and styles to choose from.

Some of these are huge projects that I would need to mortage my house for or sell some property or inherit some money to do but I still enjoyed reading about them.

Definite read if you are planning a porch!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Stuyck on April 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I picked up a copy of this book because my husband and I want to remodel our unused dark & uncomfortable back porch. We were able to get some great design ideas that will help us increase our entertaining space because we will actually be able to use our porch for summer parties. Also, great tips and ideas for furnishing the new space. Of all the design and remodeling books that I looked at, "On The Porch", was the best at answering my questions and offering ideas!
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ON THE PORCH: CREATING YOUR PLACE TO WATCH THE WORLD GO BY discusses the ambiance and design of the home porch with an eye to surveying how a porch added to a home can change its atmosphere. It's the first book on the market devoted to porches alone and covers an extensive range, from assessing different types of porches for different purposes to design, construction, and maintenance. Everything from furnishings to lighting is reviewed in this in-depth, well detailed guide perfect for any library strong in interior design or homeowner hints.

Diane C. Donovan

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karen Honeycutt on January 30, 2011
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I bought this book because I have a very basic ranch house -- your plain rectangle, 70' wide (including a 2-car garage) and 30' deep. My house has a few nice touches, like a big bay window in the living room, but otherwise it's really simple. I live in New England and love old houses with big front porches, which are very common in my area (don't ask me why I ended up with a relatively new ranch!), so I am thinking about adding a big front porch IF I can do it without it looking like something just stuck on to the front of my house. In addition to photos, I wanted info on proportions, rooflines, engineering considerations, etc. This book is NOT a good resource for someone in my situation as there are virtually no ranch houses in it, and literally zero ideas that would work. On the other hand, if what you want is a book to give you ideas for other kinds of houses, it might be a good resource. The pictures really are gorgeous, and it has some how-to info (although not nearly as much as I would have liked, given that the authors are architects), so it's also good for "dreaming." I don't regret buying it as I got a great copy used at a fair price, and I also like a lot of the ideas and may be able to incorporate them into my future "dream house," but I'm disappointed that it's basically useless for my current house.
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