Oertha’s Best Front Porch 2018: FAQ

Q. So what’s this all about?

A. It’s about spiffing up how Oertha presents itself through fun and friendly competition.

Q. What’s a front porch?

A. It’s an open, communal space where friends and family can meet and enjoy each other’s company.

Q. Are there specific parameters?

A. The porch should be open to visitors (meaning that any “roof” on your porch should have walls on no more than three sides) and the total footprint should be no more than about 15’x15′.

Q. Cynehild, this sounds really expensive. How do I compete with the bigger groups?

A. Yes, this has the potential to be expensive.  However, there are things that can be done to mitigate the costs. We’ve set the contest more than a year out to give folks time to track sales of materials, use less expensive (but more time consuming) finishing techniques, and do more work by hand rather than purchasing items already complete.  We also encourage people to band into groups (not necessarily branches or households) to pool tools and resources.

And remember, with any project you can pick two of the three variables:

  • The project can be done quickly.
  • The project can be done cheaply.
  • The project can be done well.

With this contest, we’ve tried to limit the impact of the first variable so that you can put the other two to your best use.

Q. What kind of stuff should my front porch include?

A. Whatever you want (within the parameters of the contest). Suggestions include:

  • A day shade
  • Seating
  • Lighting
  • Food
  • Drink
  • Your smiling face

Q. What do I get if I win?

A. A well-deserved pat on the back, some word-fame, and other prizes yet to be determined.

Q. Prizes? Does that mean there are categories?

A. Yes!

  • Best Overall Front Porch. This award will be given to the group who puts together the best overall impression.
  • Frugal Front Porch. This award will be given to the group who puts together the best display for less than $250 in costs (with the exception of the day shade).  To qualify for this category, you’ll want to keep track of the costs of everything that goes into your porch (a sample log can be found here).  Using stuff you’ve already made or bought? Include estimates of the costs that would go into manufacturing the item if you were to build or buy it now.
  • Most Period  Porch.  This award will go to the group that puts together the front porch with the best documentation.  Items in the porch should all be documentable to a 50-year time period.
  • Best New Porch. This award will be given to the group who puts together the best porch that includes only items (with the exception of any tent or day shade) made between May 1, 2017, and Summer Coronet 2018. To qualify for this category, you’ll want to keep track of when you start and complete each item that goes into your porch (a sample log can be found here).

Do you have other questions?  Send them to me at clairemargery@gmail.com.