Instead of getting rid of a perfectly good but pre-plasma TV these homeowners just moved it outside to the porch's entertainment center.
Perfect for Parties
The porch sports a vaulted ceiling and built-in cabinetry of matching material. "We keep a TV inside the upper cabinet to watch during football games or PGA tournaments, particularly when people want to warm up by the fire," Robert says.
On cool evenings the couple entertain friends around the raised hearth. "In the winter, we put quilts on the chairs, pull them close around the hearth, and build a huge fire," Robert says. He also keeps the wood storage cubby well-stocked by periodically adding more logs from a cord hidden out of sight. "The stacked wood is part of the presentation of the porch, assuring guests that there's plenty of timber to keep the blaze going," says Robert.
What better way to prepare for cooler weather than to set aside a place for enjoying it?
"Warm Up–Outside" is from the November 2007 issue of Southern Living.