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Standing the Test of Time, Farmer's Porches Offer Welcome Respite

A Farmer’s porches are always in style. Sometimes it is simply called a front porch, but a wide and narrow front porch extending across all or most of the home has traditionally been called a farmer’s porch.

Farmers Porch

Farmer’s porches were around long before the term “outdoor living spaces” became popular, but that is exactly what they were built for: living. The design harkens back to the days before air conditioning and television. When people were too warm, they retreated to the big front porch where a passing breeze could cool them. When they finished the day’s work, family members went out onto the porch to visit with each other and with neighbors passing by. A game of checkers, glasses of lemonade, and wide porch swings—all of these go together with the classic farmer’s porches of years ago. But they are right at home on today’s farmer’s porches as well.

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Family watching a fourth of July parade from their farmer's porch

The best place to sit on a farmer’s porch is in a rocking chair or on a porch swing, so the porch needs to be large enough to hold several rocking chairs and at least one porch swing. If your home is located on a parade route, on parade days your porch will fill with friends wanting to get a good view of the parade as it passes. You don’t meed to provide seating for all of them, only for those who stay after the parade has passed.

Blue House with a farmer's porch

Finding the Farmer’s Porch that Best Fits Your Home

— Farmer’s porches built using low-maintenance materials for easy upkeep.

Wraparound Farmer's Porch

Farmer's Porch

The Porch, the Family, and the Dog

Dog sitting in front of farmer's porch

While we have seen several styles of farmer’s porches, they all offer respite at the end of a long day or during a sultry summer afternoon. These porches are places to relax, catch up on the news of the day, and visit with friends and family. The family dog may be content to rest beside your rocking chair, so be careful not to threaten his paws with the rockers. When your dog senses that everyone on the porch is too relaxed to care or too engaged to notice, he may amble down the porch stairs. There he may dig a few welcome holes to entice other dogs to come play with him. The farmer’s porch is always a social setting, for man and man’s best friend.

Farmer's Porch

We at Archadeck of Suburban Boston offer professional design and build services for clients west and north of Boston. Over the past 25 years we have designed and built over 950 projects, including many farmer’s porches. We have enhanced the depth of our expertise by limiting our work to decks, porches, sunrooms, and patios. To learn how we treat our clients, check our Super Service Awards on Angie’s List or read the article about us in Remodeling Magazine. You can also visit our blog at

Farmers porch with stone facing

Stairs leading to Farmer's Porch

For a complimentary design consultation and a relaxed and rewarding design and construction experience, contact us via e-mail or by phone at (781) 528-0998.

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