The New Lakefront Luxury !

HomePorchThe word luxury evokes thoughts of diamonds and Bentleys, but luxury can be defined as the little things that bring the largest amount of joy into our lives.  Here in the Finger Lakes,  a return to the covered porch is making a comeback and  is indeed a luxury.

In recent years, the trend has been decks, decks and more decks.  Each person trying to devise a more elaborate decking system.  And indeed, decks are wonderful,  that is, in the right setting.  Decks require maintainance, such as staining or even repairing of warped boards and resetting screws.  Even the low maintenance types require some sort of attention,  many of the ones I have seen, develop various types of staining. 

Not only are hardscapes  disagreeable to the natural filtration of water into the aquifers, they lend no protection from the elements. 

 Nothing beats relaxing on a great big porch out of the direct sun.  A big covered porch is also a great place to watch the natural light effects of a summer lightning storm dancing through sky.  With French doors, porches can be an extension of living space quite easily and be a comfortable alternative to dining indoors.  Sitting on a covered porch with friends, good food and nice cold drinks with the natural beauty of the lake as a backdrop, is priceless.  There is no adjusting of umbrellas or awnings, the glare from the sun bouncing off the water is minimized and the cushions won’t have to be dried out from a rainstorm. porch conesus 5

Your porch is your outdoor living area.  It can be a great place to take a nap, play a game of chess, sit and watch the boats go by, have dinner or just enjoy a nice cool drink while relaxing.   It is a welcoming place for friends and neighbors.  A great porch  becomes the natural center of attention.porches

Porches can be left open with just a railing, or screened in to add protection from insects and animals or even glassed in for a more formal look.  The choice is yours and the options are endless.porch 2  They can be simple or elaborate,  leave it to your imagination.

With so many decorating options available for outdoor living including furniture, carpets, lighting and even fans, you will have fun preparing your new outdoor living space, the luxury space of the neighborhood.

So grab a glass of wine, a great book and a comfy glider on the porch.  Life doesn’t get much better !

See you on Keuka Lake !


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