It used to be that on warm afternoons folks would sit out on the front porch to catch some air and chat with passersby strolling down the sidewalk. Nowadays, more and more of those porches face busy streets crammed with vehicles rather than pedestrians. Such porches may be prime candidates for enclosing, to create spaces where the sun can be enjoyed three seasons of the year without bothersome street noise, weather, or insects.

In this column, we'll review several approaches to enclosing a porch on a small bungalow. The more successful designs balance the context of the main house with an enclosure that recalls the open porch that preceded it.

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