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Inviting Designs for your Front Entryway

The front of your home is the first impression of your house to the outside world. Your entryway should be attractive, inviting, and an asset to your home.

Your door style can be an important element in creating an attractive entryway. Doors come in some beautiful carved designs, and when combined with a decorative glass, they can make a stunning impression. Front doors are manufactured out of wood, fiberglass, aluminum, and wood/fiberglass combinations. Accompanying sidelights along the sides of the door will present an even classier look.

A covered front porch provides a shady place to relax on summer evenings. Add a porch swing or some quality outdoor furniture. Grand stairs ascending up to your door can be a very nice touch. Try building a broad threshold out of natural stone or brick. Encase the front door with the same rock, or add a contrasting rock for extra effect.

Pillars or columns always create an elegant look. Build your columns out of rock, cement, or a pre-cast option available from many molding companies. Some of these designs can be quite elaborate and add instant class and style.

As is often the case, lighting can be a key element to completing a new look. There are many great options to choose from in outdoor lighting. Add little accessories to dress up your new design. Hanging flower pots adds a splash of color. Choose decorative address numbers, a mailbox, and porch mats.

What’s on the other side of your front door can be equally as important. You don’t want the good impression to end as soon as your guests step over the threshold! A foyer creates a natural transition from the outside into your living area. Consider installing flooring other than carpet in your foyer as this area supports a large amount of traffic. A coat-closet near the front door allows for removal of coats and shoes before guests enter the interior of your home. A side table with a small mirror allows for last-minute inspections before leaving, or provides a convenient spot for keys or paperwork.

Whether you’re just ready for a change, or you want to make your home more appealing for resale, contact a pre-screened contractor today for a free estimate to begin your project.

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