No matter where you live, a bit of porch is perfect all year long. Especially perfect in the summertime, or when you want to sit out and watch it rain or snow. For many years our porch wasn't covered, it was simply rocks/bricks/grass and a table with an umbrella. We did build this portal several years ago, and have enjoyed it so much.
We put in the lights around the top about 3 years ago, and they make it bright and fun.
As with any appliance that uses fire -- please keep away from kids/animals, and use safely.
Summertime dreaming. How are you getting your porch/portal/lanai ready?