The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on March 28, 1998 · Page 46
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ADVBRtlSING ^tJPPaDMENT TO .Tiffi-SAMNA: JOURNAL Porches are Popular Again Laura Robertson Advertising Staff Writer The front porch has been an important part of American Architecture since the 19th century. For generations the front porch has served both practical and aesthetic purposes. Before the cool comfort of air conditioning, porches were the best place to sit in the shade and catch a cool breeze. The porch was also the coolest place to sleep during the summer. For many Americans second story and screened porches evolved into summer bedrooms. The comfort of the porch made it the gathering place for family and friends. The porch was where children played and adults worked. From the comfort of your porch you could wave to your neighbors and maybe visit for awhile. It seems that when porches disa- peared from our homes the neighborhoods started to disapear with them. Americans are just now starting to realize what a loss it is not to know their neighbors. Maybe we are trying to recapture what we lost with the resurgence of the front porch. When the Nyquist family bought their elegant home in Lindsborg, the porch was definitely a feature they had been looking for. Before this house came up for sale, they had been planning on building a home and one of the planned features was a front porch. The Nyquist family utilize their porch everyday. When weather allows, they relish just sitting on the porch and greeting neighbors as they go by. In the spring the family enjoys having their meals on the porch. "I take pleasure in sitting on the porch and listening to the Messiah Concert," said Janie Nyquist. The Nyquists share their porch and yard with neighbors and friends every year by hosting a block party. Many new homes in the Salina area feature a front porch. The new home featured on the front is located north of Salina The owners of the home said that a front porch was the top priority when they built. They chose the plans that they wanted for the porch and changed the inside of the home to suit them. To make the porch more comfortable they added a couple of feet to the width of the porch. The owners of this home feel that the porch is very important to the family. The porch is a good place for lads to play. The south side is warm in the winter and during the summer the porch provides a cool shady place to take a break from gardening. The owners have also found that having a porch helps with the electric bills. During the winter the sun from the south is trapped by the south end of the porch and in the summer the porch shades the windows. According to the owners of this home the front porch is a wonderful place to sit with a cup of coffee and wait for the school bus. When their children were younger, the younger child would play on the porch and wait for the older child to return from school. What better place could there be to watch the sunset and the stars? Not to mention the porch is a great place to relax and enjoy the birds. New or old, a front porch makes a home more inviting. Maybe we are trying to recapture a time when we knew our neighbors. You may think that a front porch just improves the looks of a home, but most owners of a home with a front porch would tell you that there is something about sitting on a porch that helps you take the time to enjoy your surroundings and loved ones. On the Cover: The homes on the cover feature an old porch and a new porch. The older home is located in Lindsborg and has been completely restored. Look in the next Dream Homes for a tour of the inside of this home. The new home is located north of Salina and is an example of some of the new porches that can be seen around Salina. The owners of the new home designed their home to have a country Victorian look. During the summer they show off their porch by planting flowers around it. Look for house plans that feature front porches on pages 3, 7 and 12, Dream Homes is a quarterly publication of the Salina Journal Ad* | vertising Department. If you have any questions or comments about Dream Homes, \please call (785) 823-6363 or 1-800-827-6363, ext.243, or e-mail us at I sJlrobertsQn@9aljournal.com, You may also contact us by mail or drop by a PO Box 740, 333 S, \4th, Salina, KS 67W- Cjpver Design: wwwt Cover Photography; 6**™ Advertising Staff Writer: I'-H-M) UNFLOWER Cairo Area Rugs illustrate the notion that good taste and great value can be found in the same place. This outstanding collection blends traditional charm with beautiful weaving techniques to deliver elegance and enduring quality, just the ' ' > '^ ^ sq. yd. Rt, $15,99 Q Best Buy Roy ale $12t99 sq. yd. Kt. $18.99 Q Best Buy Supreme 9M9t99 sq, yd. m, $22.99 Whree Weights 010 Year No Mat/No Crush Q15 Year Warranty Q5 Year Stain Warranty 2559 Market Place 825*6260 • 800-748-7493 Mon.-Sat. 9-5:30 Mon. ft Thaw. Night 'til 7

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