How to make a grand entrance (for your house)
Tired of standing in the rain while you fumble for the keys to the front door? Then it might be time for you to build a grand entrance for your house.
Q: Our house has no overhang or protection from the weather at the front door. We want to add a covered entry area. Can you offer some advice?
A: It’s surprising how many houses have either no covered entrance at all, or else one that’s merely decorative and offers no real protection from the weather while you fumble with your keys. I think it stems from builders trying to save a few dollars on construction. My first piece of advice would be to make the overhang large enough to do the job. It should be able to accommodate two people — and keep them covered while one person stands to the side and the other one swings the front door open.
Next point: Provide adequate lighting. A cover will darken the front entry area, which can make a house seem sinister and uninviting at night. That’s easily corrected, though. Ideally, you will install a fixture on the ceiling of the entry, but a pair of lights on the wall of the house, flanking the front entrance, will supply enough light.
If you’re doing the electrical work yourself, and you plan to mount the lights to the front of the house, you might find it easier to make a mounting block for the lights. Fastened to the house’s sheathing, the block will provide a flat and secure mounting surface regardless of what kind of siding you have.
In all other respects, building a covered entry is like undertaking any other construction project. The structure needs to be supported on a foundation that reaches below the frost line, and it must conform to the building codes in effect where you live.
The better entry
A covered entry is more than just a nice touch; there are several practical reasons for it. First, it protects you from the weather as you open the door. Next, it protects the front door itself from weather, and that’s particularly important if the house faces the prevailing winds, driving seasonal rains or harsh direct sun. Finally, it’s a means of architectural expression.
By Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics
Ok article but did not really talk about the most important part of the entrance. The door....
For a lot of houses, changing out the door can do wonders for the curb appeal of the house. Not only does it better the look it can save some energy costs as well.
My wife and I just swapped out our old leaking door for an iron door. It changed the whole look of the house, there are many companies that make them, however we chose Canaan Doors in Florida. www.canaandoors.com.
It is possible cheaper to replace the door than put up an overhang.