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Our own porch at home
If you have an extra space in front of your house, you may want to consider adding a porch. A porch is an ideal place to hang out and relax as it is usually covered with roofing to protect you from the sun but it is normally open air allowing you to feel the fresh air and enjoy the view or your garden.
I personally like to stay in our porch as I always have a good view of my pocket garden and mini water falls. Somehow, it connects me to nature and allows me to relax after a hard day's work.
There are various designs of porches available and you can choose from the simplest to the most complex. Some love to make use of wood same like the one in the first photo and some made use of steel same like ours.
Here are few more designs:
Find out which one is the best for your homes. :)