Porch Entry

Porch Entry

A welcoming front entry does not need to be grand or elaborate (but it can be).  It needs to say you have arrived.

It is not uncommon for me to visit a home for the first time, and to knock on a door that is almost never used by the homeowner or their family members.  I am often visiting that house because the homeowner has hopes of fixing that problem.

There are many reasons a home can have multiple confusing entries.  The biggest issue is usually poor design, but especially older homes can fall victim to changes in the landscape.  Perhaps at some point, the road was moved (that can happen over the course of a century or two) or one of the owners along the line decided to change the landscape or add a garage.  Whatever the reason, surprisingly many homes do not welcome their visitors with a clear and attractive front door.


Entry To Writer'S Cabin

Entry to Writer’s Cabin

Guest House Entry

Guest House Entry

Entry With Porch

Entry With Porch

New Entry On Old Home

New Entry on Old Home

Covered Entry

Covered Entry

New Entry To Sears Home

New Entry to Sears Home

Photos by Rob Karosis  Curated Brochure by Crisp Architects: Portfolio

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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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    Cindy September 19, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Can you share a source you recommend for attractive storm doors?

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    James Crisp September 19, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    If you were my door I would have Rodger Manley of Manley Woodworking build my door. http://www.manleywoodworking.com/

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    Laura Bryson September 22, 2018 at 10:03 am

    I can completely endorse Roger Manley’s work, as Jimmy recommended. He replicated 2 of the pillars on the front porch of the photo above labeled, “New Entry on Old Home.” He also replicated molding for windows and is very reasonably priced! Roger is awesome.

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