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brad_richmond
February 15, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Looking to update the front door and possibly add a portico to this house. Style is very traditional and somewhat formal. Looking for ideas and examples of what to do. Thanks!
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Aja Mazin
What a stunning home!
February 15, 2013 at 4:36PM   
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Trisha Bourgeois-Lowthers
I think a nice awning and yes two sconces in black and some flowers along the walk way!
February 15, 2013 at 4:40PM     
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Ramona
A portico would look lovely. Keep the white framing, but put color on the door and a stunning light hanging under the portico. Design it so that there is room for beautiful planters on each side and find some way to break up the symmetry somewhere. Perhaps a flower bed to the right of the door with a very special specimen in it.
February 15, 2013 at 4:43PM     
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February 15, 2013 at 4:52PM   
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judianna20
Your front isn't a typical flat front Georgian Colonial. What if you make that area more important by adding trim work?

February 15, 2013 at 5:00PM     
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bevballew
No portico. It is beautiful as it is. You need to change the front door color. Paint it black, a pretty burgundy type color or a dark brown stain. I live in a community with same type of housing. I think you take away the stately look if you add a portico. I agree with someone to add trim woodwork. I have a portico and would like to get rid of it. Symmetry gives a more formal look. A small flower bed on each side of the walk with deep pink inpatiens is more my taste.
February 15, 2013 at 5:32PM     
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bevballew
If you do decide to do portico I suggest a flat top one. No A frame shape.
February 15, 2013 at 5:36PM   
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CMR Interiors & Design Consultations Inc.
I love the thought of a glossy black doors like this without the portico : http://myinterior.info/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Landry-design-group-entry-door.jpg
February 15, 2013 at 5:44PM     
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Keitha
I agree to add some trim to make the door stand out. Paint the door and sidelights the same color, leaving the trim moulding same as your other trim.
February 15, 2013 at 5:52PM     
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bevballew
Love all four above! That is what I pictured also!
February 15, 2013 at 6:25PM   
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lionnessone
I like the idea of a pergola with a wrought iron balcony.
I believe it will add the charm you are looking for.

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February 15, 2013 at 6:45PM   
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Keitha
Found this picture in another post. Thought you might be interested?
February 15, 2013 at 7:42PM     
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Mary
I'd do something flat and round, with columns. Add red or black glossy paint on the front door. You have a lovely home!
February 15, 2013 at 7:56PM   
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Susan Friedman Landscape Architecture
The house is lovely! Replace the landing with new oversize landing as wide as the bump out. Then flank both side of the entry with matching beautiful urn planters planted with columnar or spiral evergreens. Pave the entry landing and steps with Connecticut bluestone and possibly replace walkway with same material, adding some curved lines. Break up the large expanse of lawn with additional planting beds for interest. The house has great potential!
February 16, 2013 at 5:19AM   
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brad_richmond
Thank you all for your feedback! Attached are some examples of what we've been looking at. What are your thoughts on using ionic columns instead of the typical doric column? Adding the extra trim work to make a pediment on the "bump out" would add a lot of detail the house needs. The benefit of a portico, and the reason it's something we want to add, is that it allows for a wood front door. The front door receives a lot of direct light and is not protected from the elements as it is currently. If we were to go with a wood front door it would likely be stained dark with an old brass knocker and brass handle set. Thoughts?
February 16, 2013 at 11:06AM     
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bevballew
I like the one at the top left. It appears you have a large house and that would suit it nicely. Nice thing about having a portico is protecting guests from the elements when waiting for you to arrive at the door. The third picture on the bottom showed no portico.
February 16, 2013 at 5:34PM   
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brad_richmond
Another question for you all. Which column capital is most appropriate for the house? The columns will be painted to match the trim, but here are the three options:
February 19, 2013 at 9:10PM   
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bevballew
Anyone of them but I am leaning towards Scamozzi.
February 20, 2013 at 4:18PM     
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Aja Mazin
Keep it simple.

The 1st two are too pretentious for your home..
February 20, 2013 at 7:58PM     
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Terri Symington, ASID
I believe the flat roof portico would be the right shape for the style of the front of your home.
February 20, 2013 at 8:15PM     
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brad_richmond
Hello everyone, I've got a new question: the door opening is strangely sized so it's looking like our options for a new door are limited to double doors. This would mean losing the transom and side lites and putting in two 8'x2' doors. Thoughts? Any examples of this that you think would look good with this style of home? Thanks so much!
June 6, 2013 at 11:49AM   
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bevballew
I live in a neighborhood with the same style house. Actually one right across the street from me with your exact style and it has double doors and looks great! Not to worry at all. You can get partial leaded glass or full leaded glass doors if you want more light coming in.
June 6, 2013 at 2:06PM     
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Daniel Dionne Designs llc
That would look great, indoors and out, bevballew.
June 6, 2013 at 4:53PM   
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bluenan
You're limited as to the width of the portico by the quoins on either side. The third picture of your examples (click on the picture bevballew) is about as wide as you'll be able to accommodate. The more simple Tuscan Order column like your third column example will take up less room and look elegant, or the square column shown in your second example. Doric columns will not be smooth, they have concave grooves.
June 6, 2013 at 5:24PM   
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teresablakeman
U need a fancy door
June 6, 2013 at 8:11PM   
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bevballew
Confused blunan. I thought she was saying she has to go with double doors. Not sure what you mean by clicking. Maybe I misunderstood. My neighbor has two leaded glass doors like the one above with same style house. I might be missing the boat on this.
June 6, 2013 at 8:57PM   
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bluenan
Sorry, Bevbellew. I meant Brad's third example on the bottom that you thought didn't show a portico, if you click on the picture (or hover your curser) it will enlarge and you'll see the portico.
I was just remarking about the limited space because of the quoins (brick squares at the corner of the bump-out). Imo, double doors that are only 2' wide will look odd, they will both have to be open for anyone to enter.
Leaded doors will stray too far from the traditional exterior that gives your home so much presence. The picture above is a perfect example of a "fancy" door on a colonial. You never would have seen a door like that on a Georgian colonial, keep it pure, keep it classic.
June 7, 2013 at 5:47AM   
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bevballew
Hi blunan. I don't think iPads let it spread to rest of house. No big deal. Wow, I did not realize double doors would be only two feet wide. I would do a single door. My whole block has Georgian style homes and there is a mixture of all wood doors and leaded glass doors. I get what you are saying but I guess for those who don't find it necessary to stick with the typical door and who want light in the house I thought a leaded glass door could work. Your point well taken.
June 9, 2013 at 11:08AM   
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bevballew
Blunan I tried it again and it worked. The tap has to be "just right."
June 9, 2013 at 11:10AM   
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Jeff Boetig
The pictures people have suggested have white trim - The color of your trim is 1980's and 1990's builder look. Change the trim to white and maybe painting the brick will go a long way. That is the free advise - If you are going to spend 10k on this project why not spend 2k to speak to trainned achitect who can draw something to perfect scale and in keeping for your home. check The institure of classical architecture in your area.
June 10, 2013 at 1:25PM   
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Night Light, Inc.
Budget for some dramatic landscape lighting in your update. With those large and elegant shade trees surrounding the property you could create a rich look with moonlighting and/or uplighting. See our examples.
June 13, 2013 at 11:46AM   
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brad_richmond
A new entry door, sidelites, and transom, new windows (simulated divided lite with permanently affixed muntins both inside and out), and new paint! What do y'all think? Next improvement will be new entry lights in black, just have to find the right look!
January 16, 2014 at 6:45PM     
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bevballew
Looks great!
January 16, 2014 at 8:26PM   
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bluenan
Beautiful!
January 17, 2014 at 2:15PM     
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brad_richmond
Do you all have any suggestions for light fixtures? I was thinking something in black like the attached image. Thoughts?
March 13, 2014 at 10:30AM   
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bluenan
I think because of how high your lights are hung, you'll want something that hangs down from the electrical connection, not up from it. Brass, copper, or bronze can all work with your home. Make sure whatever you pick is beefy enough to make a statement.

March 13, 2014 at 5:21PM   
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