A covered entry to a home makes sense.  Believe me, on a cold rainy day when I cannot find my keys, my covered entry is worth it’s weight in gold.  Shelter is not the only reason to love a covered entry.  In addition to protecting whomever is standing in front of the door, a roof above also protects the entry itself.  Even if those two great features were not important, a covered entry announces the front door, accentuates a side entry and in general, improves the curb appeal of any home.

The size of a covered entry is not as important as it’s proportions as they relate to the rest of the house.  Details must be complimentary and consistent with those of the home.  The appropriate cover(or porch) above an entry can be  a shed roof with a couple of brackets, other times a two story entry porch is the right answer for a home or simply a recess protecting the door.

In the end, home owners will always enjoy shelter from the storm.

Entry Porch

Entry Porch

Portico

Portico

Entry Porch With Balcony

Entry Porch With Balcony

Recessed Entry

Recessed Entry

Entry Focal Point

Entry Focal Point

Two Covered Entries

Two Covered Entries

Two Columns

Simple Cover

Wide Entry

Wide Entry

 

By Published On: August 20th, 2012Categories: Miscellaneous, Porches4 CommentsTags: , , , ,

About the Author: James Crisp

James M. Crisp has been an architect for well over 30 years. His architectural firm, Crisp Architects, designs projects throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In April of 2007, Taunton Press published 'On the Porch' by James M. Crisp and Sandra Mahoney.

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4 Comments

  1. Harmony Stern August 23, 2012 at 8:53 am

    I love your covered porches! Some give a sense of anticipation at the front door and others offer a place
    for the classic American summer past time of sitting,
    chatting on the covered porch. Beautiful designs and
    architectural elements.

  2. James Crisp August 23, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Thanks, I agree

  3. Cynthia Schoonmaker August 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Hi Jimmy. Perfect timing on this one! I am redoing my porch and front door. Got some great ideas now.

  4. James Crisp August 26, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Sometimes I get lucky. Good to hear from you!

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