Making an Entrance


Does your entry make an impact from the street? Think of your entry as your home’s first impression. More often than not, this short transition area from the street or driveway to the front door is overlooked. Your entry should grab visitors’ attention, direct them to the front door and give them a sense of arrival.

Here’s what you need to do to accomplish this goal:

  • Treat your entry as the main focal point of your front yard. Use interesting pottery, striking plants and visually dramatic hardscape like a stone path.
  • Create an inviting porch to serve as a gathering area to welcome and send off guests.
  • To give a sense of arrival, make it clear how to get from the street or driveway to the front door.
  • Create a visually open space with wide walkways that are open and inviting. Two people should be able to comfortably walk side by side to the front door.
  • Set the stage for your entire home by taking design cues from the architecture and interior design features. Incorporate materials and colors from the house into your entry design.
  • Use well-hidden, low ambient lighting to help guests find their way after dark and provide a sense of security.

Richard Risner, PLA, ASLA
Principal Landscape Architect

Photo: The entry of this home strongly mimics the Mid-Century Modern architectural style of this home. 

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