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:
Here are my favorites so far (Sketchup files rendered with Kerkythea):
… and the Sketchup image:
— and also a version with a pediment instead of the eyebrow arch —
*** UPDATE September 9, 2011 ***
Last night while driving through Dover, NH, I came across this entrance on a hip-roof colonial on Cushing Street:
… 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.
Pilasters and pediment:
Pilasters and crosshead (also note the false window covering the current small one with closed shutters):
The architect’s original sketch:
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.