The entrance to a house can say a lot about what lies within, and will be a visitor’s first impression of your home. Whether you want to inject a sense of fun into the design, create a sense of privacy or do something bold, these projects showcase the many ways of creating an unusual entrance to your home.
This striking home is entered from the first floor thanks to a gangway which takes the homeowner over the courtyard space below — a great solution for tackling the heavily sloping nature of the site, and also providing outdoor amenity space at ground level.
With the design of this Hampshire home taking on many forms – from barrels and towers to square boxes – the entrance has been situated within the imaginative full-height glass barrel centre, and leads straight into the open plan dining hall.
Barely visible, and thanks to the lack of handle or other door furniture, the front and neighbouring garage door of this contemporary home have been purposefully and effectively camouflaged within a wall of unusual oak-strip cladding — enough to surprise first-time visitors.
Creating both symmetry and wow factor, this oak frame self build hides quietly behind an impressive drystone-effect Cotswold stone wall, mirrored by the lake in front. The double entrance doors with side lights either side have been positioned in the centre above a canopy.
With the homeowners of this London self build keen to introduce a sense of fun, even the entrance is enough to confuse the postman. Unusual features include double front doors – one is for storage, the other provides access into the home – with the house number carved into the façade itself. When you ring the door bell, LEDs implanted in the rendering spell out ‘HELLO’.
A full-height glass box tops the roof of this self build on the coast, and provides an unusual entrance leading down into the home via a spiral staircase. This inventive project was designed by AR Design Studio.
This self build has been designed to replicate a Medieval manor and comes complete with a whole host of authentic features — including a moat, with the front door accessed via a drawbridge.
The front door of this minimalist coastal property is quietly hidden in the corner off of the car parking space — planting also helps to disguise this entrance. A lack of window openings on this façade also maintains privacy.
The front door to this contemporary home on the coast is accessed via a timber walkway which bridges across the sloping site — creating the feeling of boarding a ship. Through-views out to the sea from the front door further emphasise this feeling.
10. A Subtle Entry
This low-maintenance self build features an unusual entrance accessed via a covered staircase up from the cantilevered carport, before approaching the bridge slab which takes you towards the pivot door hidden within the timber clad sections of the façade.