An entryway is more than just a door. Design it right, and it'll welcome friends, improve your home's curb appeal, and protect you from the weather.
A gabled portico with six tapered columns and a fanciful interpretation of a fanlight—a half-round cut-out in the gable with wrought-iron grillwork—gives presence to the entry of this newly built seaside cottage but keeps the mood informal.
To add another level of detail, architect Thad Siemasko inlaid a band of purpleheart wood in the white-painted trim surrounding the door and sidelights. The fieldstone on the stair risers and the shingles and wood trim on the gable echo elements used elsewhere on the house.
This stately brick house built in the 1930s had a curiously nondescript entry—perhaps due to Depression-era budget constraints.
Designer Ridley Wills added a formal Georgian-style portico with a period-appropriate gallery on top to give the house the grand entrance it deserves.
He restored the original six-panel door, sidelights, and transom, and built a new brick landing, and married it to the rebuilt brick walkway. Six off-the-shelf redwood columns on box bases were used to support the rectangular portico roof, which has a custom-made redwood balustrade.
COST: About $25,000
A flat-roofed entry porch built with undersized framing lumber looked tacked on to this late 19th-century Shingle-style home.
Architect McKee Patterson specified a new entry porch with a flared hip roof and simple square columns with curved braces patterned after ones used elsewhere on the house.
He kept the home's original Dutch door but rebuilt the bluestone steps. He then added four new cedar porch columns with braces, and a porch deck made of fir.
Painted cedar railings, finial-topped newel posts, and a pair of built-in benches round out the details. Aligning the base of the porch roof with the houses's frieze board, which separates the first and second floors, marries the entry to the house and makes it look as though it has always been there.
COST: About $9,000
This sprawling 1800s farmhouse had a second front entry, making it hard for guests to know which door to use.
To emphasize the main entry, architect Ben Nutter gave it a portico with classical proportions: four beefed-up columns (patterned after the originals)
A new brick path leads up to a brick landing, where a millstone is inlaid at the foot of the door. A custom-made 15-light door, surrounded by sidelights and a transom, gives the entry an open feeling and ties into the divided-light windows elsewhere on the house.
COST: $37,000 (excluding cat)