No one knows for sure when porches originated, but their purpose is universal. What could be better then coming home after a long day and relaxing on your porch? Resting in comfort, looking out at the sea, the woods, or even your own yard can improve your mood and lift your spirit. There is something wonderful about extending the living space of your house outdoors. There is something magical about porches. Bringing together the stunning images of award-winning photographer Brian Vanden Brink and the evocative words of author Richard Grant, these porches are the stuff of dreams, inspiration, and escape.