When I moved to Galveston almost 20 years ago, I was struck by how prolific porches were on the island.
I grew up in the suburbs of Houston, and porches weren’t a thing.
But in Galveston, they were everywhere. And I wanted one. A few years ago, I finally got my porch. I actually live on Porch Street. Our porch needed repair, which is a long, stressful story and was a hard lesson about choosing the right people to make such repairs. So, I didn’t get to enjoy my porch right away.
Long story short, my porch is repaired and like new. I love my porch, but now I feel a new pressure.
My husband rolls his eyes at this. It’s time to buy porch furniture. But I can’t decide on the colors or styles. Rocking chairs? A swing? And at this writing in early September, I’m preoccupied with the burning question: How early is too early to hang my fall wreath?
In the Northern Hemisphere, summer ends and autumn starts at the moment of the September equinox, which occurs every year about Sept. 21 to 23.
There goes that eye-rolling again. Maybe my husband’s right — I’m overthinking it.
Or, maybe he’s underthinking it. Porches can say a lot about us and our homes.
As League City resident Dee Peterson puts it: “A porch is a good introduction from the street for the house. If you make it warm and inviting, then it shows the warmth of the house.”
Front porches are a distinctly American phenomenon.
And they are more popular in the South and places known for warm climate.
“Porches were a necessity before air conditioning, whether it was the screened sleeping porch or the broad, columned veranda where iced tea — and gossip — were plentiful,” according to a report by National Public Radio.
After World War II, porches fell out of favor. People had air-conditioning, TVs, and now computers and other things to keep them occupied and indoors.
People don’t talk to their neighbors much anymore, which is a shame and, for me, what porches are all about — places of relaxation and socializing.
I hope to do more of that — as soon as I can decide on the furniture.
Coast Monthly would like to extend a special thanks to Shannon and Craig Porter, and their listing agent, Michael Cordray, for allowing us to have our cover shoot at their beautiful Victorian home, 913 16th St., in Galveston. The home’s gorgeous wraparound porch was perfect for our photo session. https://save1900.com/real-estate/