Oct 25, 2011

front entry before + after

early in the spring, some clients contacted me, needing some advice on the exterior of their home. they were planning on repainting, and needed some help selecting colors, but also wanted to add some curb appeal to their entry.  they had just put a new roof on, and didn't want to change the pitch of the roof, so we worked to come up with a solution.
we took some pictures of homes that appealed to my clients, and then i sketched up a detail and worked with the trim carpenter to make our vision a reality.

sorry about the before picture. i thought i had taken one on my phone, but i must have deleted it! thank goodness for google street view...not the best picture, but you can get the idea of what it looked like before.


new stone based columns, timber framing, and a king truss break up the empty entry and add structure. before, the roof projection over the porch seemed to be floating, but it is now grounded by the visual mass of the columns and the timber framing. the stone on the base of the columns and surrounding the window add some additional texture and color.

 the slight arch helps to soften the rather severe angle of the roof. the dark trim of the entry door was swapped out for a lighter paint, and new doors and light fixtures were added.
my clients  needed paint colors that would blend with the existing soffit and windows, since they were staying, so i chose paint colors that were slightly darker than the soffit and trim for the brick and new shakes.

 these columns are properly scaled to the surrounding structure, and the stone bases help to keep them from looking too tall. columns that are too small or too slender can look "spindly" and out of scale.

the house now looks updated and has a more appealing, traditional feel to it. isn't it amazing what some
properly scaled columns, some paint and a little bit of stone can do?


  1. Fabulous Autumn! Details, well thought through, always make a difference!


  2. WOW Looks great! What a difference!

  3. The after is so great! Love the beam work. It really made a huge difference on the look of the entire home. M.

  4. Really impressive Autumn! As an interior designer I sometimes find being creative with exteriors challenging. This simple and beautiful design adds so much character!

  5. Good job! I didn't realize designers can help with exteriors also.

  6. Great job on all the work. It really made a huge difference. You should get a commission all these updates to rentals :)

  7. Hello Autumn- what a fabulous transformation (too bad the before photo doesn't help with the comparison, but I can 'see' all the work you did in studying the proportions and scale to come up with your wonderful solution). Wondering what material your finish carpenter used on the corners of the columns, and whether they were mitered or came as a corner unit? I have a similar trim design concept for existing columns but don't have my finish carpenter lined up yet. Would like to be prepared with solutions I know will work, first! Any details you can share would be much appreciated!

  8. Autumn- very impressive solution, especially considering where the entry came from. Wondering if you would share the material and method of construction for the column trim? Were the vertical columns corners mitered or did the material come as a corner unit? I have a similar trim concept in mind for existing columns; just don't have my finish carpenter lined up yet- I do want to *appear* knowledgeable before I start that process! Thanks for any insights you might share!