What Makes a Good Home?

Clearly, I'm thinking a lot about abodes.  Everything about an abode, it's size, it's location, what and who it holds, what one particular house would be good for over other homes.  I'm thinking a lot about all aspects of living in homes.

I'm digesting all of the things that are important to me when thinking about where you are going to live.  What is important to you?  I think I'll be blogging about a few of the things that are very important to me in the next few weeks, but I'm going to start with Front Porches.

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The Front porch.

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The Front porch in my opinion is one of the most important things you can have on a home.  My current front porch (in my humble opinion) is more than lovely.  You see I have a large sprawling front porch that seems to be a room all of it's own.  I spend oodles of time on my front porch.

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I believe that most neighborhoods without big front porches are the demise of the community centered neighborhood.  You see, in a neighborhood like mine, most of us are lucky enough to have large front porches to sit on.  Sit and read, host dinner on, have a glass of wine on, or just simiply sit on and watch the world go by.

When I get home from work and the day has overwhelmed me all I want to do is grab my dog and sit on the front porch, it's my little moment of peace, my escape from a world that seems to be moving too fast.  The porch is part of my definition of home.

Happily for me, a bonus of sitting on my front porch is that I know my neighbors, we see each other taking walks, pushing baby carriages, walking dogs, going for runs, bike rides or visiting one another.  We even can wave to each other from our respective porches.  The front porch promotes community.  In my neighborhood, we know one another, we socialize with each other, we have community.  The front porch is vitally important to me.  In neighboroods where people hide in their back yards on their big sprawling decks I wonder how neighbors ever get the chance to truely get to know one another?

Remember the TV show "Tim the Tool Man" with his wise next door neighbor who you only saw part of his face?  There was a wall, it was like he was the great and powerful oz, not a neighbor.  I feels as though the loss of front porches, creates barriers within communities and I don't understand why developers no longer seem to make an inviting front porch?

Community is vitally important to me, and I think front porches help create community and therefore good homes.  What are your thoughts on the front porch?

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