Design Snapshot: Entry porch essentials

A pleasing entry needn’t be grand. This one, on a favorite house, offers entry essentials with grace, ease, and comfort.

The integral shed roof, which extends from beneath dormer window sills, is just deep enough to provide shelter over a brick entry stoop.  White, wooden brackets and rafter tails modestly highlight the point of entrance.  Spare, white, wooden benches offer a place to rest a package or await a visitor.  High bench-backs double as guard rails and help frame the doorway.  Narrow sidelights provide a glimpse inside and of approaching guests outside.  The intimate scale is both personal and inviting. 

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 (just like the street number here); provide shelter, a welcoming flourish, and a place to rest something or for someone to rest.  Enter and enjoy.

by Katie Hutchison for House Enthusiast