Transform a Front Stoop Into an Entry Court

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A few details can turn an ordinary front door into an entry court, says Paul Campbell, AIA, of Kephart Architects in Denver.

April 01, 2002

 

For a great first impression, Paul Campbell of Kephart Architects considers the cost of this front courtyard to be money well spent.

A few details can turn an ordinary front door into an entry court, says Paul Campbell, AIA, of Kephart Architects in Denver.

“In this particular house, it gave character to what was otherwise a pretty plain space,” Campbell says. “It sets you up for a great first impression.”

The entry court package on this home was built for $1,850. Here’s what transformed the look of the entry and ultimately the whole house:

 

 

 

  • sculpted walls
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  • ornamental iron rails
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  • ornamental iron gate
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  • accent paving

    Built-in planters and a combination of paved and grassy areas spruce up entries as well, and Campbell points out that outdoor fireplaces, long a fixture in the Sun Belt, are gaining in popularity as well as availability in colder northern climates.

    Here, a French door with Juliet balcony replaces a window above the door, extending the iron railing detail up to the second floor while connecting the interior space to the exterior space.

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