Saturday, May 14, 2011

I'm Dreaming of a Sleeping Porch

Victorian home with a sleeping porch on the second floor. Usually built off a bedroom, the sleeping porch was screened in on three sides for maximum air circulation.

We assume in Virginia that hot weather will eventually arrive, which sets me to wishing again that I had a sleeping porch. So often in the summer, it is a lot cooler at night outside than it is in or there is a soft breeze outside that invites enjoyment. But we are stuck sleeping inside our homes with the windows shut and the hum of canned air. At these times, I start fantasizing about building a porch outside my bedroom window.

The screened-in sleeping porch enabled adults and children to sleep outside with protection from rain and insects during the hot summer months. With the advent of electric fans and air conditioning, it was erased from blueprints for new homes. But perhaps the high price of energy these days will bring about its revival, or families will start building them on their own. Here are some inspirations.

I like the way this porch is right up there with the trees--almost an enclosed treehouse.

Here's a first-floor screened in porch used for sleeping--and reading during the daytime?

At her home in Florida, Margaret Rawlings, author of The Yearling, wrote her books on a table on her porch and also slept there.

This sleeping porch also has windows, so that it can be used in the colder months also. These types of rooms also make nice studies or dining areas.

The sleeping porch offers us an opportunity to be more aware of our natural surroundings.

My personal favorite: the night-time nursery outside.


Marianne said...

My grandmother's house had a sleeping poarch ! and I loved spending the night at her house in summer( in the 50's and 60's).Sweet memories.

Suzanne said...

I've been to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings home in Cross Creek and the sleeping porch was my favorite part of the house. On the table opposite that bed is her typewriter. The porch looked out over her orange grove (now gone). It's a magical place.

Linda said...

Dear Suzanne,
I remember your posts on Rawlings' house, which I read many times over. I was fascinated by her courage and loved her house and her life. I have a lot of admiration for her. It must have been very hot down there in the summer.

Jodi said...

My daughter Bron and I are looking at these photos, gushing. We want EVERY one of those bedrooms! There's an old house near Middletown Library on 452 that appears to have a sleeping porch, although the windows are glass. When we drive past it, I always sigh. Thanks for the fun peek. :)

Marilyn said...

These are wonderful pictures. Especially the first one - I have been trying to find a picture or sketch one of my dream house - and the top one is just perfect! Is this a house you know or a historical house? I had never heard of a sleeping porch - but have added it to my wishlist. My children are oohing and aahing over the pictures too.