Sleeping Porches: Romantic and Practical
I just spotted a delightful post about sleeping porches on the Apartment Therapy blog. These screened-in porches, often on the second floor near the bedrooms, were common back in the days before anyone had an air conditioner, when the only hope for a night's sleep was to get outside of the sunbaked oven that was the house.
In Pennsylvania, where I grew up, these porches did double-duty in the winter. Clotheslines strung across the porch allowed mothers (and it was almost always mothers then) to hang laundry without having to set foot in snow. And a table on the second-story porch always served as an auxiliary refrigerator at Thanksgiving and Christmas, at least if the temps hadn't dropped much below 32 degrees, which would have turned leftovers into turkey-sicles.
Why don't all homes have such versatile, beloved spaces now?
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