Welcome Home: Reviving the Front Porch, From the Wraparound to the Stoop

Appreciation for the front porch, the home's connection to the community, is back. Whether your home has a small stoop or a Victorian wraparound, here's how to make it warm and welcoming.

Tom Lyons’s wife, Laura, inspired him to have some fun with the columns on their porch addition. Now a gallery of famous men—Sigmund Freud, Jack Kerouac, and Bozo the Clown among them—watches from the top of the posts. To make the conversation-starting posts, Tom drew sketches and then created patterns using simple shapes that were easy to make from pieces of scrap wood. Can you guess who this is?
Photo By Povy Kendal Atchison