First impressions count and as such you ideally want the entrance to your pride and joy house to be something that impresses and leaves a positive memory. There are plenty of ways we can do this but a lot depends on what we have to work with. For most that will mean a pretty standard house with limited space so lets ignore the brief of reality and have a look at some entrances that have been designed with a blank sheet of paper.
With the entrance set at the back of the house the dwelling has been designed to maximise the view from the front of the house over the mountainous backdrop. The space for the entrance has incorporated a stadium garden that follows the steps up to the door and at the bottom some seating which would really lend it self to a fire pit and some night time hygge.
This entrance looks more like a back garden with patio than front but that feel only enhances the welcoming vibe. The ‘patio like’ space and winding path, decorated with soft grasses create a more interest approach and take the edge off the concrete construction.
This rustic entrance is something that would perhaps be missed if you weren’t careful as it appears to be hidden down some stairs. The industrial door, rough facades and make do bath planter give the courtyard a sort of shaby-chique look that is very common in the med and southern countries. I have to say they have maxed out on plants in the bathtub, I’m not sure the soil to plant ratio is advisable.
A view is always a strong selling point for a house but this one uses it for the approach rather that than the house. Set slightly down from the drive the visitors come to the house with uninterrupted views over the scenery and descend into the house via a concrete walk way. It is a very nice way to enter the house but I hope there are some views left for the occupants to enjoy once in side.
Breaking a house up in to sections is very architectural and those that enjoy a climate where it is possible to put air between those sections can enjoy a much more open plan living arrangement than us in colder climates. This entrance is a path way the leads between several areas of the building and breaks the building up both physically and aesthetically with the use of block, colour and material change.
There are so many design features that I love about this house and the view is definitely one. Building on a hill side is often feared but it can create wonderful opportunities. Here we see that the ‘underground’ area is open and private from the road above whilst the upper level can enjoy views over the valley and easy access. Love those railings 🙂
The warm yellow glow of the inside and the stark concrete walls of the approach work well here. It’s a rugged design with the garden being left to over grow and be natural as it encompasses the house and makes it one with nature. The entrance leads the eye all the way through the house making it an open, spacious feel.
Little is given away with this entrance, but for that it matches the surroundings well. The desert location is minimal a harsh and the plane white, high walls give a similar hostile feel, protecting it from the dangers of outside yet feeling stylish at the same time.
Utilising old stuff or ‘re-purposing’ as we can call it is a style in it self and with so many shipping containers being used and decommissioned there has been a trend to use them for housing. Whilst they do take a fair amount of modification they can create wonderful spaces that are different if nothing else. This shipping container has been transformed and now has a stylish interior and open plan living quarters. Shame about the flower pot though 😉
The industrial feel for a home is very fashionable but hard to find as plots of land rarely match the developers budget or ideas. Especially as for decades now building brick industrial buildings is not cost effective. So when one is found and reused for domestic purpose it is really nice to see. The very tall and wide door of the entrance is instantly impressive and gives a railway feel that you can’t build from new.