Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

There's A New Look Outside

Linderhof was built in 1920
And in the 20's, all  (or almost) houses had front porches
Because in the summer, that's where you spent the evening

And Linderhof has a front porch
But the owners that we bought the house from
Had screened it in . . . 

So you could never see the front door from the street
(So why did I bother with a Christmas wreath?)
It seemed like it wasn't "friendly" with the screens hiding the porch

A screen door in the front

And sections of screen which broke up the view

So you didn't have a wide expanse of view
And screens were dirty
More than once a year, I had to clean them
And I really should have done it almost monthly!

I yearned for the house to look as it was when it was built . . . 

Linderhof 1924
But Husband Jim liked the screens.    It kept him hidden from view when he sat on the porch
The doors, too, kept the dogs in check.    They could go outside but couldn't get off the porch
(and that is why the previous owners screened in the porch . . . they had dogs!)

And then we saw an episode of Home Town and a similar looking house had similar looking screens
and when they removed them (one of the first things they did), Jim said it really did look better!

I jumped on the comment and made arrangements

Soon we had a pile of screen and wood in the drive!

And a front porch that looks like this!

Open and inviting!

Our Christmas wreath on the door can be seen from the road!

Although the neighbors do seem closer
But the view is wide and expansive!

As you walk up the front steps

And the view from the door to the street

I think it looks handsome . . . without the screens!
It's the house the way it was meant to be!

I am one happy woman!


Francie Newcomb said...

I really like it too!

Kathy said...

What a difference that made! It's beautiful!

Paulette said...

I agree...looks lots better!

Rondi said...

Wow! It does open it up@

Schotzy said...

Really looks marvelous.. bet the rooms inside are brighter, too!

Beth said...

Martha, Your home is beautiful and I really think the change enhanced its appearance. Good job!

Entertaining Women said...

Oh my, it's gorgeous! It reminds me of my daughter's front porch. She lives in an historic neighborhood here in the city. Thanks for inviting us for a peek. Good to hear from you, too. I've been away too long! Cherry Kay

Pat said...

As nice as not getting bug bit is, I agree it looks wonderful. Brighter, cleaner and more welcoming. Hope you enjoy it!

The Victorian Girl said...

I bet you house is really "smiling" now and saying "thanks"!

From the Kitchen said...

Sometimes you just need to wait until the moment is right! I agree that it looks better without the screens.


Unknown said...

That looks so, so fantastic! Yes, it now looks right. And I love that you painted the porch ceiling blue in the classic manner. I can't say enough about this great reversal and improvement.

Rue said...

I would be too. It looks absolutely beautiful!


Running with a sharp pencil said...

I so agree! Your porch is lovely and inviting. I don't care for screened porches. My daughter had one put on last year and it was full of wasps! Didn't keep them out- they just went through cracks under the door! I think they always make a house look dingy. So fresh and open when they are removed. You could add a black iron fence to keep the dogs safely in the yard.