Porches have their history in early America and are often associated with a simpler time and way of life, free of small-screen distractions. Traditionally, one thinks of a physical front porch as an open room attached to the front of a house or residence.
A low structure -- often with a roof -- situated at the entrance of a house or building. A porch usually does not have windows and is an outdoor living space.
Porches also can be enclosed or screened-in to provide protection from insects or extremes in weather. Porches were often built on houses in the early 1900s. Among their many purposes, porches:
- Serve as an informal extension of the parlor or living room.
- Provide shade and a place to relax during the summer
- Used to be a form of neighborly socialization in small towns.
- People would go for evening strolls and visit with neighbors sitting on their front porches.
Also Known As: Balcony, Sun Porch, Screened-in Porch, Enclosed Porch, Patio
Common Misspellings: Portch
Examples: After dinner, we like to sit on the front porch and watch the neighbors walk past our house.