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Front steps design and relocation and walkway design advice
May 29, 2014 in Design Dilemma
The photo posted was our home before we purchased it. Built in 1920 - arts and crafts style. The front entry steps are on the (east) side of the house, even though the front door itself faces the street (north), and the driveway and original garage are on the opposite (west) side of the home. The whole situation makes for a lot of confusion from visitors and guests who never quite understand where to park and where to enter. We would ultimately like to relocate the front entry stairs to the center of the porch - facing the street- to add curb appeal and to add clarity to the general traffic flow when we have guests. One thing worth noting is the front door is not exactly centered with the center of our porch and therefore will not be "exactly" centered with the new entry stairs. We're unsure how distracting it will be in the end, as the symmetry will not be perfect. The centers of each are only off by about 4 inches, but I'm a perfectionist and its enough to bug me. This leads to the next issue: how do we incorporate a new walkway that fits the style of the home and makes reaching the front door from both the driveway and the street obvious and welcoming? I am concerned that a straight linear walkway will only highlight the fact that the door is not perfectly centered. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Should the stairs be centered on the porch or centered with the door? Any photos or sketched examples would be extremely helpful. Thanks in advance. I can't wait to get started.