Before & After Entryway Designs

Look through this collection of before-and-after home exteriors to find entryway designs that add curb appeal and welcome guests.


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Revived Ranch Entry

    The door of this renovated ranch was moved to a more central location, improving traffic flow into the house. A new double gable lends architectural interest, and a rusty railing gives way for a curving front porch and columns, stucco, and stone that round out the redo.

Revived Ranch Entry

    The door of this renovated ranch was moved to a more central location, improving traffic flow into the house. A new double gable lends architectural interest, and a rusty railing gives way for a curving front porch and columns, stucco, and stone that round out the redo.

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Inviting Entryway Gables

    To focus more on welcoming people than on storing vehicles, the front door of this home was moved to align with the center gable. A new gable with sunburst detailing was also added. The old double entry doors were replaced with a pair of double-hung windows, and an inviting new porch adds curb appeal.

Inviting Entryway Gables

    To focus more on welcoming people than on storing vehicles, the front door of this home was moved to align with the center gable. A new gable with sunburst detailing was also added. The old double entry doors were replaced with a pair of double-hung windows, and an inviting new porch adds curb appeal.

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Inviting Bungalow

    The entry of this 1940s Atlanta bungalow was drab and lacking, so it received a new, earthy look. A river-rock gable accentuates the new arch-top front door, covers the concrete block foundation, and creates beautiful contrast with the brown-stained cedar-shingle siding. Stone paths and an iron railing provide the finishing touches.

Inviting Bungalow

    The entry of this 1940s Atlanta bungalow was drab and lacking, so it received a new, earthy look. A river-rock gable accentuates the new arch-top front door, covers the concrete block foundation, and creates beautiful contrast with the brown-stained cedar-shingle siding. Stone paths and an iron railing provide the finishing touches.

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Redefined Entryway

    A new front door and exposed brackets reintroduce this home to its Arts and Crafts roots. Elevating the terrace and widening the entry steps give the home even more presence. A square dormer added to the roof helps bring the entryway front and center, while playing up the home's refreshed personality.

Redefined Entryway

    A new front door and exposed brackets reintroduce this home to its Arts and Crafts roots. Elevating the terrace and widening the entry steps give the home even more presence. A square dormer added to the roof helps bring the entryway front and center, while playing up the home's refreshed personality.

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Refreshed Ranch

    This 1940s ranch received a larger entrance, as well as a minor rework of the floor plan, to change traffic flow. A front porch with tapered columns gives the home Craftsman Era appeal, and cedar shake shingles, divided-light windows, and crisp white trim draw the attention of passersby.

Refreshed Ranch

    This 1940s ranch received a larger entrance, as well as a minor rework of the floor plan, to change traffic flow. A front porch with tapered columns gives the home Craftsman Era appeal, and cedar shake shingles, divided-light windows, and crisp white trim draw the attention of passersby.

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Eye-Catching Gable

    A double gable draws the eye to the front door and accentuates a new, approachable entrance. The mahogany front door and the arched, beveled-glass transom were custom-designed by the homeowner. New windows, shutters, and four crisp white pillars frame the front porch and complete the picture.

Eye-Catching Gable

    A double gable draws the eye to the front door and accentuates a new, approachable entrance. The mahogany front door and the arched, beveled-glass transom were custom-designed by the homeowner. New windows, shutters, and four crisp white pillars frame the front porch and complete the picture.

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Charming Cottage Entry

    A new lowered roofline, dormer windows, and a focal-point brow-shaped entryway transform a blasé split-level home into a charming Dutch Colonial cottage. The entryway is more substantial with the addition of a solid-wood Arts and Crafts-inspired door.

Charming Cottage Entry

    A new lowered roofline, dormer windows, and a focal-point brow-shaped entryway transform a blasé split-level home into a charming Dutch Colonial cottage. The entryway is more substantial with the addition of a solid-wood Arts and Crafts-inspired door.

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Softened Entryway

    The entry of this unremarkable 1960s ranch was cold and had no interesting details. A new front door and sidelights provide updated style and warmth. Two new gables on the front exterior play the largest role in transforming the home's look, offering a nook for the softened exterior doors and bringing some variety to the facade.

Softened Entryway

    The entry of this unremarkable 1960s ranch was cold and had no interesting details. A new front door and sidelights provide updated style and warmth. Two new gables on the front exterior play the largest role in transforming the home's look, offering a nook for the softened exterior doors and bringing some variety to the facade.

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Cozy Front Porch

    A new shingled portico gives this Atlanta cottage neoclassic presence. With its built-in benches, Italian-influenced triple columns, and orchard-stone steps, the front porch is now the perfect place for relaxing or people-watching.

Cozy Front Porch

    A new shingled portico gives this Atlanta cottage neoclassic presence. With its built-in benches, Italian-influenced triple columns, and orchard-stone steps, the front porch is now the perfect place for relaxing or people-watching.

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Southern-Style Entry

    A full-fledged front-of-house makeover allows the new entryway to connect to the life of the busy, friendly neighborhood. Substantial classic columns support the porch roof and flank steps leading to new French doors, creating a Southern-style greeting for visitors.

Southern-Style Entry

    A full-fledged front-of-house makeover allows the new entryway to connect to the life of the busy, friendly neighborhood. Substantial classic columns support the porch roof and flank steps leading to new French doors, creating a Southern-style greeting for visitors.

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Welcoming Front Porch

    This entry gets a friendly vibe by opening its enclosed porch, an area that beckons visitors to come and linger. The new pyramidal columns on piers provide vintage-style support, and fresh plantings and an inviting brick walkway liven up the yard.

Welcoming Front Porch

    This entry gets a friendly vibe by opening its enclosed porch, an area that beckons visitors to come and linger. The new pyramidal columns on piers provide vintage-style support, and fresh plantings and an inviting brick walkway liven up the yard.

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A Grand Welcome

    By removing the porch and centering the front door, this house is given a sense of symmetry. New pillars, side panels, and a flat roof capped with a balustrade all issue a grand welcome. A walkway approaches the house from the side, allowing the entrance to shine when viewed from the street.

A Grand Welcome

    By removing the porch and centering the front door, this house is given a sense of symmetry. New pillars, side panels, and a flat roof capped with a balustrade all issue a grand welcome. A walkway approaches the house from the side, allowing the entrance to shine when viewed from the street.

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Redesigned Doorway

    A gabled entry replaces a poorly designed doorway, framing an enlarged foyer and serving as a focal point for a house that didn't have one. Support columns repeat the brick cladding, adding substance to the entry doors and tying the new look together.

Redesigned Doorway

    A gabled entry replaces a poorly designed doorway, framing an enlarged foyer and serving as a focal point for a house that didn't have one. Support columns repeat the brick cladding, adding substance to the entry doors and tying the new look together.

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Dramatic Entry Eyebrow

    Designer Heriberto Brito removed the inappropriate columns and arch at the front door and put in a red "eyebrow." The dramatic result clearly defines the entryway while setting a bold contrast with the clean, straight lines that dominate the rest of the home.

Dramatic Entry Eyebrow

    Designer Heriberto Brito removed the inappropriate columns and arch at the front door and put in a red "eyebrow." The dramatic result clearly defines the entryway while setting a bold contrast with the clean, straight lines that dominate the rest of the home.

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