Planning a new home is exciting and challenging. But before you even get to the stage of buying materials and then building, you need to have a very good idea of the type of house you want, and the architectural features you want to include in the design.
The visual pleasure we get from looking at homes (and ultimately living in them) comes partly from architectural elements, like doors and windows, and partly from the materials used for construction, including their textures and color.
“The front door is usually the most eye-catching feature of the house,” writes Judith Miller in her remarkable sourcebook for home restoration, Period Details (Mitchell Beazley International). Perhaps it was in decades past, but today the front door is an often understated feature in the facade of any house.
Yet it offers remarkably wide scope for you to personalize your small home.
It isn’t just because it is “the natural focal point” of the building, writes Jocasta Innes in her inspirational book, Exterior Detail (Collins & Brown), “it is usually the area offering the greatest scope for making your mark”.
Nevertheless, whatever “mark” you choose to make with your front door, it should be in proportion with the rest of the house. Also, the type of door chosen should be in keeping with the architectural style of the house. When you start shopping around, you will realize what immense choices you have.