Entrance Invites

Does your home’s entrance invite people to your front door? The Fulton Homes’ Whitewater model at Oasis at Freeman Farms is a perfect case study of what to do to welcome people to your home before they set foot inside. Here are some of the most inviting features.

A clearly-defined entrance: The front door is framed by the pavers and sidewalk. Some homes hide the front door at the side of the house or tuck it deep in a front porch. Everything from the half-columns that frame the front door to the small wall creating a front patio directs the eyes and the feet to the door.

Framing accessories: The two brick half-pillars, the matching ceramic planters, and even the two outdoor lights frame the walkway and the door. These features make the path to the door clear and direct you through the front yard.

Covered entrance: Although our weather is rarely inclement in southern Arizona, providing a covered entranceway creates the feeling that you want to protect your guests from the elements. It also shades people during our hot summers while they wait for you to answer the bell.

Special finishes: The pavers leading to the front entrance, the brick wainscoting, the shutters on the windows and the plants show that the homeowner cares about the impression given by the front of the home.

Final touches: Make sure your street numbers are large and clearly visible from the street. Leave your outdoor lights on for the convenience of evening guests. Provide a mat at the front door to allow people to wipe dust off their shoes before entering your home, and finally, remember to smile when you open your door. That’s the most welcoming element of all!