A friend in Austin often mentions how a porch or patio on a north side creates a design challenge. She’s right.
People using such spaces must be shaded from the late day summer sun during about the hottest parts of the day. The plants we select for that exposure must take brutally hot summer sun late in the day, plus cool season shade and possibly wet soils at times.
Here are some inviting porches, no matter their placement, to ponder what makes them or how they could be –
That recent development was about the same distance from the center of Austin as my old house was from the center of Albuquerque. But such a different place I would come home to, for the same price…that lawn and very few plants is association landscaping, so it has to remain and residents pay $150+/month HOA dues to maintain it! With that and deceptive, 2 year old price signs out front, it was easy to resist drinking their kool-aid!
I wonder what one could do to make it right,
given after paying for that?
Better land use new development should model something like this, in the Hyde Park area of Austin.
I think there is much to this art of creating curb appeal, and part of that is how you enter, not to mention linger.