Summer is slowly making its way in, days are longer, the light is clear and energizing,and the evenings perfectly balmy. Call it what you will it’s time to start porching. You can “porch” on a “stoep”, a balcony, a sunroom or veranda. An informal place to while away summer evenings, with a beer & a book. Or spend lazy week end afternoons with a cuppa and a board game, in comfortable chairs, and maybe a dog. Fashion an outdoor living space layered with a rug, tables, rocking chairs, colorful pillows and bring blankets out if there’s a rare crisp evening.
In Cape Town, the porch is an arm of your home that transitions to an outside room. There’s a certain anatomy to the right front (or back) porch, and each family will have their own preferred aesthetic to build upon. Gather a handful of friends outside to play guitar, maybe a harmonica, and sing. Spend quality time outside, make a braai, play games, and stay out until bedtime.
The beauty of transtitional spaces is their versatility. Folding stacking doors that open to the outdoors. Or French steel sliders that frame the space and allow good ventilation. Enclosed balconies with slide away enclosures that disappear most of the way giving you an extra room with the option of outdoor living. An unused outside area can be covered with a glass & steel or aluminium roof and doors that add the option to enjoy the outdoors on cooler days too.
While porching is the most casual of activities, to many it’s a lifestyle to be taken seriously.
I’ve included some photos of ideas to whet your appetite and inspire you to create a space. Contact us on 021 448 4333 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll assist you to create this oh so South African icon.