Including a free performance by the Beatles…really!
Hello! Goodbye! Just like the old Beatles song, people say "hello" and "goodbye" all the time, at the entrances and exits of your home, right?
It's important to "set the stage" right up front, that your home is a warm and welcoming place, whether people are coming in or going out.
At Handyworks Remodeling and Design (HRD) in Wallingford CT, we’ve worked with doors for decades, and windows, too, and we've got some great ideas for you. Ready? Hello comes first.
ENTRANCES (where you say “Hello”)
To look warm and inviting for people coming to say "hello", your front entrance must look good and feel good right away.
Your front door décor is a great spot to express your "hello" personality. Besides the door itself, you might consider adding small vertical side windows along one or both sides of the door. Maybe a potted plant, too.
With one glance, visitors need to see an attractive view of your front door, steps, railing, and sidewalk. If there’s room on either or both sides of the front door, re-mulch the strip across the front of your home so you can plant flowers or shrubbery up against the house.
The steps should have a railing on one or both sides, and there should be room at the front door, on the top step, for at least 2 people to stand comfortably while ringing your doorbell or knocking.
Front door, finished! Click to enlarge. /caption]Above your front door, consider adding an overhang or awning so people aren’t waiting in the rain, and to keep any packages dry, too. Also, the awning is a great place to add a hanging plant. Now, the Goodbye comes last:
EXITS (where you say, "Goodbye”)
This back porch exit has contrasting colors between the steps & railing for a dramatic effect (click to enlarge).
When it's time to go, your guests might say "goodbye" via the kitchen door leading onto the back patio or deck.
If you get to your patio from the kitchen, for example, make sure there’s insulation between the door & frame to keep the cold & elements out. Make sure your doors have room on the outside for steps (if needed) and a railing on both sides.
NOTE: a "doggy door", when added to your kitchen door, gives your pet(s) their own way in & out!
FREE CONCERT…SORT OF
WATCH: To commemorate this "Keith's Korner" blog topic, AND to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock (which began on August 15, 1969), we’ve even unearthed a music video of the Beatles singing "Hello, Goodbye" in their Sgt. Pepper outfits, just one year before Woodstock!
Enjoy the song: click here to view the video, while pondering your home's entrances and exits.
To get free advice, right away, on remodeling any "ins & outs" of your home, use the link below.
PS: Hello...and goodbye!
Handyworks Remodeling and Design (HRD), Inc.
47 North Plains Industrial Road, Suite B
Wallingford, CT 06492
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