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.