First Impressions and Focal Points

The front entry is the gateway to your home. The entry should welcome guests or be a comfortable place to pause before saying good night.

Paver driveway and new staircase leads directly to the front door

A front entry can be a porch, stoop or landing (the most common), or a patio. Occasionally, they are outdoor living spaces with a dining area surrounded by a garden or a quiet place to visit with neighbors. The front door should be the focal point. The path between the street (or driveway) and the door should be obvious. This can be achieved through architectural details, color, lighting, plants, or any combination thereof.

Bluestone walkway and front yard court yard in St. Paul

Designing your front entry

A Southview Design landscape architect or landscape designer can help you design a front entry that complements the style and colors of your home. Does your front entry enhance your home's curb appeal? Provide a place to leave packages? Give visitors shelter from the rain and wind?

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