Gimme Shelter

Dear Homework,
We have reached out to several architects but to no avail, so hopefully you can help us. We would like to put a roof of some sort over our front door for protection from the elements. Any ideas would be appreciated.

—Gimme Shelter

Dear Gimme Shelter,
Roofing that area of your facade is a challenge. It also is an opportunity to upgrade the overall composition of your property by giving the front door the starring role rather than its current forgettable performance.

By adding a new gable element above the door, we can draw the eye to this corner of the facade. A pair of square columns and a circular window provide interesting details and cast some nice shadows.

Next, we can build a new wooden fence with corner light piers that turns the existing recessed area into a charming entry court. This and some revised plantings further help draw one’s eyes to the entrance.

The entry walk from the driveway is edged with new low, continuous shrubs and grasses, as is the right side of the home. The shutters have been widened and painted sage green like the front door to give a little accent. Now, you’ll look good come rain or shine.

Thanks for asking,

Homework is penned by Paul Doerner, Founding Partner of the Lawrence Group.if you would like your home critiqued, contact us at homework@townandstyle.com.


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