Entry — published on March 29, 2009

Secrets to Curb Appeal

What kind of first impression does your front entry make? We will be bring you some quick-fix ideas to transform your home.

front-porchWhat constitutes true “curb appeal”? While the term embraces everything between your front door and the street, it doesn’t take much to make dramatic style improvements, whether by adding flower boxes, sprucing up the mailbox, or constructing an elegant driveway.

With a little faith in your vision, and a few tips, you can transform a dowdy exterior to an inviting, welcoming entranceway.

Entry — published on September 15, 2008

Curb Appeal: Entry

Set the tone for the rest of your home with a welcoming entry featuring a clear path to your front door, an attractive porch, and well-tended greenery

The entrance to your home, as well as the walkway up to your front door, send an immediate signal to all who arrive on your doorstep. A clear path that’s well-lit and maintained sets the standard. But with a little planning, some decorative accents, pretty plants, and other thoughtful additions, you’ll offer a memorable welcome that instantly draws guests into your home.


Symmetry is key. Place potted plants in pairs to convey a well-balanced entrance. Choose larger-scale pots and plants for a dramatic flourish.


A white picket gate is one of the most classic ways to define your entryway. It also provides a measure of safety. Enhance the simple gate’s appeal with a flower-laden arbor that creates an airy, romantic doorway. Don’t hesitate to mix materials. A wooden gate and iron arbor strike a nice balance.

Entry — published on March 18, 2008

Adding Curb Appeal – The Entry

An entryway has the unique position of welcoming visitors to a home and setting the mood for the rest of the house. A front door design theme can be carried from the exterior to the interior and throughout the entire home. Since today’s door manufacturers offer an abundance of striking entry systems that are compatible with most budgets, it’s possible to create a million dollar look for almost any home.

By adding sidelights and transoms, you can can create an elegant entry system. Transoms are shaped windows, usually with decorative glass, above a door. Sidelights are windows, with decorative or clear glass, that frame a door. Included below are tips to create an impressive entry system to fit most budgets.

Even with a limited budget, homeowners can create an impressive entrance. Fiberglas, steel and composite doors are now crafted to emulate the look of wood, while offering energy-efficiency. Steel doors are extremely strong and cost-efficient; Fiberglas doors resist rusting, cracking and splitting; composite doors withstand all types of weather. These types of doors are low-maintenance and cost-effective.

With a more open budget, a homeowner can select from a wider range of entryway designs. Whether the home is stucco, brick or wood-sided, wood doors make a remarkable upgrade to the front of most houses. Wood doors are offered in a variety of species, including oak, fir and pine to fit the homeowner’s personal style.

An inviting entryway can be fashioned within any budget. By creating a unique doorway, a homeowner can change the look of the entire house and increase curb appeal with an inviting, new exterior.