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Crisp, Parallel Lines on the Front Porch

Photo by William Geddes

A striped motif adds a crisp note to the front porch, where a high-contrast black-and-white indoor/outdoor rug keeps things lively underfoot. The slats of the Adirondack-style rockers, the beadboard-style porch ceiling, and the horizontal planks of the siding all reinforce the parallel lines. The rocking chairs are made of recycled-plastic synthetic wood, a low-maintenance material with the look of wood.

Siding and trim: HardiePlank lap siding in smooth Iron Gray and HardieTrim window trim in smooth Arctic White; James Hardie

Windows: Tribute vinyl double-hung windows with black exterior finish and 0.17 U-factor; Harvey Building Products

Fans: 52” L-Series ceiling fan with LED light; Haiku

Furniture: Lehigh recycled plastic rocking chairs and folding Adirondack side table by Highwood; Lakeside rocking chair seat pads by Coral Coast; Afuera Yacht Club indoor/outdoor rug by Couristan; pillows by Liora Manne; all from Hayneedle.com

Quiet, Efficient Porch Fan

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Add a motorized breeze to the hours spent on the porch swing or in the rocking chair with a ceiling fan whose composite finish can withstand the elements. The energy-efficient fan features a silent DC motor, preserving the serenity of the outdoors.

Fan: 52-inch L-Series ceiling fan with LED light; Haiku

Weather-Resistant Materials

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Indoor/outdoor materials add low-maintenance appeal to the front porch furnishings, which are arranged for family activities. The painted-wood porch swing with indoor/outdoor cushion makes an irresistible perch for watching children play at the low-maintenance synthetic wood table. A child-size rocking chair is a favorite seat for youngsters, who naturally love motion.

Furniture and accessories: Pleasant Bay curved-back porch swing by Coral Coast; Chloe indoor/outdoor bench cushion by Mosaic Company; Pocono coffee table by Highwood; child’s indoor/outdoor rocking chair by Dixie Seating; Afuera Yacht Club indoor/outdoor rug by Couristan; indoor/outdoor pillows by Liora Manne (daisy) and Pillow Perfect (green); Flare candleholders and Fadia tray by Uttermost; all from Hayneedle.com

Patio with Fire Pit

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The patio, made of slate-textured concrete pavers, holds a fire pit for when there’s a chill in the air. A pergola with a retractable awning tops the part of the patio that functions as a breezeway from garage to house. Container plants augment newly planted trees, shrubs, and perennials throughout the property.

Landscape design and plants: Bailey Nurseries’ Endless Summer, First Editions and Easy Elegance Collection shrubs, roses, hydrangeas, perennials, and trees; Endless Summer Collection

Pergola: 10-by-12-foot pergola kit with flat top and square columns with Shade FX Canopy in Gingko; Walpole Woodworkers

Roof: Majestic Traditional 12-inch synthetic slate in smoke gray; EcoStar

Copper bump-out and Alpine snow guards: Copper Development Association, Inc.

Porch and deck: Azek Porch capped polymer tongue and groove in Oyster; Azek Deck Harvest Collection capped polymer decking in Island Oak; and Azek Premier Railing with cablerail by Feeney Inc.; Azek

Furniture: Adissinia concrete dining table and all-weather wicker dining chairs, and Kambree chat set with Tucson fire pit by Belham Living; all from Hayneedle.com

Attractive Back Porch Entry

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Easy access to backyard living spaces is a must for today. The small back porch is the everyday entry for the family and leads down to both a deck and a patio. It also showcases how the exterior’s white trim pops against the black windows and doors, charcoal siding, and light-gray decking for a modern, high-contrast exterior, accented here by a copper pendant.

Deck: Azek Porch capped polymer tongue-and-groove in Oyster, and Azek Premier railing with cablerail by Feeney Inc.; Azek

Window: Tribute vinyl double-hung windows with black exterior finish and 0.17 U-factor; Harvey Building Products

Security system: Touchscreen doorlock; AT&T Home Security and Automation

Furniture: Gracie retro spring chair by Crosley; Ash Hill pillow by Pillow Perfect; thick stripe doormat by Coir; Hayneedle.com

Potting Bench as Deck Drink Cart

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A weather-resistant vinyl potting bench on the deck, tucked under the kitchen window, doubles as a cart to hold drinks and snacks for open-air get-togethers.

Furniture and accessories: Greenfield vinyl potting bench by Dura-Trel; Galvanized tray by Imax Corporation; Azteca glasses by Global Amici; Mingle coolers, Iris turquoise glasses, 2-part/2-gallon beverage jar, and copper picnic caddy by Artland; all from Hayneedle.com

Outdoor Table Set for a Party

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Ready for an outdoor party on the deck, the table is laden with colorful and stylish serving pieces. The table itself is made of fiber-reinforced concrete that has the look of weathered wood. Arrayed on the table is a mix of galvanized metal trays, acrylic serving dishes, and colorful plates, place mats, and flatware. A copper bucket holds bottled drinks; a pitcher and goblets made of recycled green glass have swirls of color, adding a festive note to poured beverages.

Table decor: Galvanized tray by Imax Corporation; Azteca pitcher and goblet glasses by Global Amici; Oasis copper party tub, Mingle coolers with straws, Simplicity chip & dip tray, and 4-section server by Artland; Fun Factory plates by Waechtersbach; indoor/outdoor placemats by Design Imports; Barcelona blue silverware and rack by Cambridge; Ummi pillows by Pillow Perfect; all from Hayneedle.com

Easily Accessible Deck Entertaining

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The deck provides a convenient spot just outside the kitchen-dining area for casual family meals or a gathering with friends. One of several outdoor spaces designed for family enjoyment, the deck steps down to a grassy area complete with a hammock. The pathway leads to a gate at the rear access road.

Decking, railing, posts and deck trim: Azek Deck Harvest Collection capped polymer decking in Island Oak, and Azek Premier Railing with cablerail by Feeney Inc.; Azek

Furniture: Adissinia concrete outdoor dining table and all-weather wicker dining chairs from Belham Living; Tuscan lattice quilted hammock with faux woodgrain metal stand by Island Bay; table décor (see previous page); all from Hayneedle.com

Plants: Bailey Nurseries’ Endless Summer, First Editions and Easy Elegance Collection shrubs, roses, hydrangeas, perennials, and trees; Endless Summer Collection