08/11/16 10:32am
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTOConnor Guditus and his sister Chelsea on the porch of their Main Road Mattituck home.

Connor Guditus and his sister Chelsea on the porch of their Main Road Mattituck home. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

When asked what makes front porches so special, architect Elizabeth Thompson of Orient said they’re a perfect hybrid of private and public spaces.

“It is protected and autonomous, giving a gently elevated view of the world,” she said, adding that people across the world love them. “You can be still and apart, and yet feel connected to the action of the world around you.”

In recent weeks, I drove the North Fork speaking with residents about what their front porches mean to them.

From Polish Town to Orient, I found people who count their porches as the favorite thing about their home — folks who seek time off from work so they can relax in their cherished spaces.

Here’s what they had to say. (more…)