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Front Doors - Make an Entrance - How to Transform your Entryway - Add Curb Appeal and Maybe Even a Front Porch

Updated on April 7, 2016

Add a little curb appeal - and usability - to your entrance

The entry to your home is one of the first things people notice when they come to visit. You want it to stand out; to be warm and inviting. Maybe you can accomplish this very simply with a little paint, and sometimes adding a front porch or replacing existing posts creates just the right feel. Take a look at the examples below for some ideas to improve your entryway.

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The Before picture to the right is less than inviting, with the bars on the screen door, worn out carpeting on the porch, and a faded metal post. On the After picture, one of the first things you notice is the red door. It draws your eye to the entry. A modified roof line and substantial, crisp white posts add architectural detail and interest. Bold, brass house numbers match the toe kick and door hardware and complete the look of this small cottage.

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After

This front entry had no covering from the weather on a rainy day and an unlandscaped flower bed that was basically wasted space. The updated entry in the After picture shows the roof extended over the front door and a ceiling lined with cedar, to complement the cedar shakes added to the front of the house. The heavy columns, expanded porch steps, and front lights make the entry the focal point of this small house. The roof line was also extended across the front, and part of the previously unused flower bed was used for a front porch that now makes a great place to sit and drink coffee in the morning.

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Front Door Detail
Front Door Detail

Let's take a look at the Before picture of this entryway. While there was nothing really wrong with the house prior to renovation, it still lacked a focal point. Adding a front porch, with a double stacked roof line, strong columns, and iron railings, leave no doubt where the focus of the front of the house lies. The porch adds seating space to enjoy a spring afternoon, and protection from the harsh sun or driving rain. Zooming in on the front door picture below shows the detail of the woodwork surrounding the heavy stained door. The color of the ceiling matches the new brick paint and adds warmth to the porch, making it feel more like a room.

These are just a few ideas to improve a front entry and create an inviting, usable space. Check out more ideas at www.arkatexrenovations.com/project-types-3.html

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    • bredandagnes profile image

      bredandagnes 5 years ago from Ireland

      This is so true but something people don't give enough consideration to.Great hub.

    • Sushma Webber profile image

      Sushma Webber 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Amazing difference with a makeover of the front entrance. What a transformation. Just yesterday I was noticing the front doors of the houses when I went for a walk.