Your front entryway provides the first impression for passersby. If you're trying to sell your house, the entryway can influence whether potential buyers even stop at your property. However, a well-maintained entrance also helps positively distinguish your home within the neighborhood. Make over this important part of your home's façade for increased curb appeal.
The front walkway doesn't only lead visitors to your front door — it also leads the eye to your doorway. If you want your entryway to be a standout feature, then consider a straight, wide entryway. Such a walkway feels more formal. However, if your house is more rustic or informal, a well-kept curved pathway can suffice.
The key to creating curb appeal is just that — ensuring your walkway is well-kept. Your selections for the pathway, from the material to borders, should be deliberate. You want the material and adornments to complement the façade of your house.
In that vein, the steps should be similarly well-maintained and deliberate. To keep your entryway as a focal point, the steps should lead directly to the doorway. Steps that lead to the door from the side can give the impression that you're trying to hide the door. If the unique architecture of your house calls for side stairs, find other ways to draw positive attention to the doorway.
One such method is by adding architectural details to your entryway. For example, if your house doesn't feature a porch, you could top the doorway with a pediment and flank the door with brackets or even columns. Such additions will lend a grand air to the front entryway.
Again, you don't have to formalize the appearance of the house to increase curb appeal. For instance, you could draw the eye to the front door with another structure such as lattice panels over the top or even a pergola to shade the entryway. If you choose a pergola, consider adding a climbing plant for extra visual interest.
Your front door plays a large factor in the appearance of your front entryway. You have several important considerations when choosing the door.
One consideration is the material. Wood and wood-like are classics. Wooden doors complement most house styles. However, if you have a modern house, modern materials might be more appropriate. You may choose a door made predominantly of glass with metal framing.
In that vein, manufacturers offer many different styles of doors. Traditional doors with wood panels and glass panes complement most house styles. If you add furniture-style trim, you have a Craftsman door, which is ideal for farmhouse and other homey styles. Conversely, an arched door can convey a classical appeal to your front entryway, which works for historical houses.
Finally, one of the biggest factors in your door's appearance is the color. Naturally, bright or unusual colors draw the eye. Bright colors such as yellow or red also offer a sense of welcome. Unusual colors, such as turquoise or eggplant, can convey a sense of whimsy. Nature-inspired colors are ideal if you want to balance the door with the surrounding architecture.
Most front entryways also feature windows. Replacing or installing new windows is a big project. However, the windows can work together with the door and surrounding architecture to create additional curb appeal. For example, you could draw the eye up in a tall house by adding a fanlight or other transom windows above the door.
Even if you choose not to replace or add windows, make sure the existing ones are in the best repair. Check the window frame both inside and out for any signs of damage or deterioration. Likewise, check that the glass is well-sealed and in good condition. Not only are damaged windows unsightly, but they can land a blow on your utility bills.
Examine the façade of your house from the street, and evaluate how the entryway can better augment its curb appeal. When you're ready for a front entryway makeover, consult with the experts at Advantage.