I spoke in another post about our portico that we intend to build in the front of the house. The front of the house leaves a lot to be desired. You can see from this image, the lower roof line was/is the original farmhouse from 1856 including the chimney. To the right of the front door was an addition put on in the 1970’s. It’s not really a seamless transition and they really wanted to go for that 1970’s split level look.
Here’s my 2 second crude drawing just to show the actual placement of the 2ft deep, enclosed portico. It will be centered space between the two windows, where currently, the front door is positioned right next to the left window leaving a lot of empty space near the window to the right. Also, when you first enter the house, the vestibule/portico will be positioned into the living room with the mudroom entrance just to the left. This is important, because if we were to just expand the front entrance as it stands now by adding a double door and some side lights, you would enter the living room facing a wall/side of a bookcase (built-in). There isn’t enough space for that to be comfortable, and that would make the entire first floor appear very small. By extending the portico/vestibule out a couple feet, it will allow for a small foyer with coat hooks, and then you would walk into the very inviting living room.
The portico/vestibule would have very tall European double doors for the entrance. I would love to have solid doors that open completely inside, with a second pair of windowed french doors that could have screens.
Ahh– some sort of climbing flower growing on the vestibule, hydrangeas lining the front, flower boxes, shutters and planters…our little ‘European’ household will look stunning!