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Improve the front of the house

greensbeachFebruary 6, 2013
I have no clear front door, how would you remodel it?
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Philippa Richard - You Just Rightsize
How do you currently enter?
What room do you come into?
Does that work practically?
Is your main concern about how it looks - that it isn't clear from the outside?
The first thing would be to create a path so that it is obvious where to walk to arrive at the door.
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 6:16AM
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greensbeach
The middle glass is the front door which I hate lol
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 6:18AM
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greensbeach
It is a sliding door
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 6:18AM
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Ironwood Builders
Make up your mind as to which is going to be the front door...I suggest the one directly in front of the stairs on the deck. Change it to a door and sidelights. Change the other two sliders to fixed windows, elevated off the deck so that there is no question that they are windows. A portico of some sort would also highlight the center door...harder to keep in context with the current style of the house, but shelter at the door is inviting.
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 6:19AM
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greensbeach
I agree the garden will need to be redesigned but I am waiting to work out what to do with the look of the front.
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 6:19AM
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greensbeach
A portico? What style as the house is modern ?
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 6:20AM
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greensbeach
This is very helpful, thank you
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 6:22AM
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greensbeach
How about a slab wing portico ?
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 6:23AM
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Philippa Richard - You Just Rightsize
All good suggestions by Ironwood Builders.

If you had a portico around the door the other two sliders could be left full height although I agree raising them a little would look better (and could make the space inside more practical).
I would also widen the steps up to the door if you can.
Keep the style modern and simple.
1 Like    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 6:24AM
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greensbeach
Good point re the stairs .. That I can do easily.. And it would help. I have been looking for porticos but there is not many modern ones lol
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 6:33AM
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Philippa Richard - You Just Rightsize
Hi,
Here are a couple of Houzz photos that caught my attention.

Olympia Residence · More Info

Cavalcanti Entry Porch · More Info
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 6:40AM
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greensbeach
Now that is not something I would have thought of, I like them both
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 6:41AM
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greensbeach
Cavalcanti I think works best
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 6:43AM
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Philippa Richard - You Just Rightsize
I agree. Both sides are blocked off but the glass screen allows light through. You would need to consider which side is most appropriate for allowing in and blocking out light.
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 6:49AM
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greensbeach
This has been great and I really think I have had good ideas and a practical and beautiful solution.. Thank you..
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 6:52AM
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greensbeach
Now I need to sort out the extension, redesign the inside and out.. Then we move in.., phew
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 6:53AM
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Philippa Richard - You Just Rightsize
Please post some photos when you have made some changes. It is always good to see how things turned out.
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 6:54AM
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greensbeach
Will do!!!! Thank you. This is a great site :-)
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 6:55AM
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Lady Von
Well, if you enter your home through that sliding door in the center I would consider changing it out to a hinged french door and maybe add some type of flanking detail (like potted plants and lighting). I think this would be the least expensive way to go. A mat at the entry would be nice, too. This is all assuming that you cannot make any major changes. Also, you need to install a walkway from your deck/entrance to your driveway/street. Landscaping will help a lot as well. It doesn't have to be fancy. Take a look at the pictures below. What do you think?
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 6:58AM
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kelsobay
Hummm this bit is hard, I am a traditionalist at heart, yet I bought a modern house. I think I will find a wooden door with side lights that is clean and modern. I am not sure what the style of the house is called but I am thinking Art Deco which are clean lines may be good as details.. But not fussy.
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 2:18PM
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kelsobay
What about craftsman as well ? See below
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 2:22PM
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kelsobay
Or these..??
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 2:32PM
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Ironwood Builders
I agree with Phillipa. Keep it modern and simple. You have a modern rustic home, so in keeping with that make that I'd look to use reclaimed materials and rustic steel. I think the arts and crafts period is not the style of the home and unless you are prepared for a very expensive remodel, you need to work with what you have. I'd look for a local artisan to fabricate the door and sidelights to your specifications. The portico would also require a bit of artisanship to pull off. A basic design with structural requirements delivered to the same artisan may give you a cohesive look.
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 2:35PM
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kelsobay
But I adore the circles in this one
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 2:35PM
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kelsobay
Are but what is the artisan look.. ???
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 2:37PM
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kelsobay
Oh I get it, I didn't realise that modern rustic is a style. I have just looked it up and now I get what you mean.
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 2:48PM
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Fenstermann LLC
This is currently our most popular door on Houzz. I think it would look great in your home.
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 2:49PM
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kelsobay
Wow that is big.. Lol not bad though I will give it some thought. Thank you
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 4:17PM
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Fenstermann LLC
Well kelso, this is not a "stock" door to begin with lol. We custom fit to the size of the opening. You will need 4" minimum width though.
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 4:21PM
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decoenthusiaste
I love this door style, but feel you really need a larger than life space to make it work. If you have 8' ceilings and standard openings, it won't have as much impact and is this photo.
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 4:30PM
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Fenstermann LLC
You are right deco, I missed that about the room they want as the entry. The ceilings are pretty low. In that case, you can have this door hinged.
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 4:48PM
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