I have always dreamed of a large, wraparound farmer's porch on my house. My little Cape Cod doesn't have one, so I guess I'll have to keep dreaming for a while longer.
If you have a front—or a back—porch that's not brand-new, you probably need to do a little maintenance. CalFinder, a site for remodeling contractors, also has some useful articles for homeowners. "Fixing up Your Front Porch" offers some good tips for getting your porch in shape for the summer.