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In Praise of Lanai Plans

In Praise of Lanai Plans
In good weather most of the living in this house happens on the
Every home should have a lanai — otherwise known as a “living porch” — to take advantage of balmy weather. A common feature in Hawaiian homes, it’s a covered outdoor room that’s larger than a typical front or rear porch and organized for sitting and dining. A good example from the Big Island in Hawaii is shown at the top of this post. It's where my family and I spent most of one vacation reading, talking, and dining.

The big blue built-in couch — called a hiki'a (pronounced “hickey-ay”) —  is an important element and drew each of us like a magnet. Where insects are a problem a lanai could be screened. The great Hawaiian modern architect Vladimir Ossipoff included lanais in many of his Honolulu houses, some of which are profiled in Hawaiian Modern: The Architecture of Vladimir Ossipoff, edited by Dean Sakamoto. 

Many of our plans include lanais. Here are some examples.

This small Mid-Century Modern cottage, Plan 917-2, lives larger thanks to the covered patio running the 

length of the house. There's room for a grill at one end. It functions as a warm weather dining room. 

A lanai can be as simple or elaborate as you wish. Here's one complete with fireplace, lounging area, 

outdoor kitchen and and flat screen TV: Plan 48-651. The mesh curtains are for sun control. Plan 132-221

takes a similar tack, with built-in grill and ample counter space, but with walls completely open to the elements.

So when is a porch a lanai? When it's spacious enough to really live on it, with room for sitting, or even a

couch swing suspended on ropes, as shown in Plan 901-120!

Also, thinking back to the top example, a lanai isn't the only place for a bed-couch. Try the living room, great room, or family room. It doesn't have to be built-in
— any twin bed that’s set against a wall and covered with colorful pillows will do. Not only can it become a favorite spot for curling up with a good book, it can also double as a temporary sleeping area for overnight guests.      

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