The entrance to the house, inside and out, is the calling card of the owner of the house. It gives a first impression and gives guests an idea of the lifestyle they can expect – at least roughly. In this article, we show you what needs to be taken into account when designing the entry.
- In this article
- The design of the entrance to the house: front yard and path!
- Exterior entrances: from the entrance door to the canopy
- Entrances inside: from the cloakroom to the floor
- House entrance lighting
- Security for the entrance of the house
They say the first impression counts. This applies as much to people as it does to life. Instead of devoting your time and energy exclusively to the planning of the living room, bedroom and kitchen, you should therefore also reserve some capacities for the design of the entrance of the house, because it is the first thing you reveal about your home.
The design of the entrance to the house: front yard and path!
It all starts with the front yard and the path to the front door. Of course, you can pave or even concrete the entire front surface of the house. This is clear and does little work later. It just isn't particularly friendly or inviting. Also watch out for side entrances, as they can quickly conjure up associations with a service entrance.
On the other hand, if the entrance is at the front of the house, this offers countless possibilities to make the entrance area representative. The front door serves as the final focal point, and a well-kept lawn provides a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Depending on your tastes, you can also generously plant the entrance area or apply the rules of Feng Shui. Only important here: make sure the path to the entrance area is clearly visible and underlined.
Exterior entrances: from the entrance door to the canopy
The entrance to the house stands and falls with the front door of the house. In addition to a nice appearance, it should last but not least guarantee safety and good thermal insulation. The available materials include wood, aluminum and stainless steel, but also plastic and all combinations of these materials. Once you have chosen a front door, the periphery continues immediately. This includes:
- house number
- Mailbox / Roll Journal
Make sure things like house number, bell, name tag and mailbox are easy to recognize and reach. The mailbox should not be too small so that even large envelopes can be thrown away without being folded. Slot machines for letters and newspapers are discouraged these days – a lot of heat is lost through them.
Entrances inside: from the cloakroom to the floor
The entrance area of a house or apartment is where you arrive, drop off or briefly greet the guests. In short: you do not need too much furniture and decorative devotional items. Don't make the mistake of overloading the hallway – it quickly gets messy and unattractive. Cloakroom, shoe rack, decorative mirror to enlarge the room (and maybe even for a final check when you leave the house) – the task is already fulfilled. If you have more space, you can start with a narrow bench, chest of drawers, a small wardrobe or a wall shelf for keys and mail.
However, the question of the maid is much more important than that flooringIn autumn and winter in particular, dirty shoes and dirty clothes ensure that the floor is no more stressed in another room than in the entrance area. The sturdy and resistant easy-to-clean flooring is worth its weight in gold. Among other things, one can imagine:
Stone tiles are by far the most resistant. The parquet makes the entry area simple, but is more susceptible to vagaries and scratches – and of course not cheap.
House entrance lighting
Several factors play a role in lighting the entrance to the house. Not only does the beautiful light seem friendly and welcoming at night, but it also guarantees safety by keeping strangers away and minimizing your own risks of tripping in the dark. The solution you ultimately choose depends very much on the circumstances. Wall lights are generally ideal for house entry doors without awning. Surface or recessed luminaires are available with an awning. Important here: make sure they are weather resistant. The third option would be mast lights installed right next to the front door. And then, of course, there are also motion detectors that only light up when needed. Energy efficient LEDs and compact fluorescent lamps are often recommended as illuminants. Also important: make sure that all relevant information such as house number, name and mailbox can be entered quickly and easily.
In all the discussion on the right light for the entrance to the house, you should not overlook the rest of the lighting in the house. These include the garage, the way to the house, the garden and the entrance to the cellar. Pay attention to uniform lighting. Bumps, ground conditions, or obstacles such as steps and stairs should be clearly recognizable. Avoid strong transitions from light to dark.
Security for the entrance of the house
As you know, absolute security does not exist. However, there are some things you can do to make possible burglars as difficult as possible. This includes:
- Modern front door
- Alarm system
- Bell with intercom
- video system
At your front door, make sure that "the fittings are protected against the lever, the profile cylinders resist drilling and the lock is locked at several points," according to the Rhineland-Palatinate Consumer Center. Glass elements must also be burglar-proof. For everything else, we recommend the help of qualified specialist companies.