Open, Sesame

The saga of the front entrance design continues. Below are some new designs I’ve come up with – but first, here is a reminder of what our house currently looks like:


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Here are my favorites so far (Sketchup files rendered with Kerkythea):


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… and the Sketchup image:

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— and also a version with a pediment instead of the eyebrow arch —

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*** UPDATE September 9, 2011 ***
Last night while driving through Dover, NH, I came across this entrance on a hip-roof colonial on Cushing Street:

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… I would be very happy with something like this (minus the fanlight and sidelites – no room for those in our setup). The columns are “engaged columns,” which means they’re rounded and appear to be about 3/4 of the column protruding from the face of the house. The pediment doesn’t extend very far from the house. I’ve been looking for commercial sources for engaged columns, but can’t seem to find them.

Other options:
Pilasters and pediment:

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Pilasters and crosshead (also note the false window covering the current small one with closed shutters):

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And what our architect came up with (he also designed benches to flank the front steps. I added a stone barrier instead):

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The architect’s original sketch:

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The stone might be a bit much around the front steps. For now, it’s just an idea. We wouldn’t even attempt to design & install them until next year.

All of the gray siding examples are Certainteed’s fiber cement Weatherboards (5″ straight-edge shingles) in “Silver Plate.” The greenish-gray siding is Certainteed’s “Nantucket Gray” color.

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  1. Joan Nevins says:

    Hi Jenny,
    I found your blog while looking for inspirational photos of front entry ideas. I first found that pic of the house in Dover NH and was using that to try to sketch up an idea. Going back to that photo I discovered you had done a sketch of exactly what I was looking for – the peak with the arch (just below your eyebrow sketch). I like that it has depth. I don’t really have the space for a full portico. Did you ever present this idea to your builder? If so, was it do-able without support columns? Did it fall within your budgeted figure? Other than your Dover pic and sketch I have not seen this design but amazingly your sketch is exactly what I was thinking. Also curious how long it took you to master using google sketch-up and Kerkthea. Since I don’t plan on using an architect for this small project I wanted to produce a sketch to scale so I know this works and looks right on my home and that the builder has an image of exactly what I want. Thanks for any feedback!

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