Very strange front door/porch layout

kmedlAugust 4, 2012

Please help us with a better design for the front of our house. There are currently 3 steps from the driveway to the porch landing and then 3 more steps up to the front door. We've never seen a front door 21" higher than the porch! It currently has a screen door that opens out onto the porch, but that can be removed if it helps with the design. It is very awkward to try to open the screen door and have enough room to stand on that landing. We are completely puzzled as to how we can redesign the steps, include handrail(s) as needed and also be able to access the rest of the porch area. I've included a picture of the current layout. We'd also be willing to use stone if it would look better. This is a house in the mountains of NC.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

One option would be to raise the whole porch floor up to the level of the front door. That would require more steps from the driveway.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 9:07AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Annie Deighnaugh

I agree. Raise the porch floor.

I'm not creative enough to see another solution.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2012 at 8:37AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Probably too late, but could you move the porch steps to the right, allowing more room for a larger landing for the door?

    Bookmark   September 18, 2012 at 1:09PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Staining fence
Hi, We had a picket fence installed last summer. Per...
What is the best composite?
I have been reading this forum for awhile as we are...
Gate--advice needed.
See picture below. I'm looking to wrap up a fence...
Needs to renovate decks. What are our options (INEXPENSIVE)
Our deck is falling apart. The wood is rotting and...
Roof Deck over Garage choice
Hi, I'm working with some contractors on an addition...
Sponsored Products
2 Doors, 2 Drawer Vanity Cabinet with Self Rimming Sink
Berkeley 60" Double Bathroom Vanity by Wyndham Collection - White
Modern Bathroom
Alessi | Boston Shaker
$120.00 | YLighting
Double Watch Winder with Storage
$729.00 | FRONTGATE
Rustic Iron Door Pull
Signature Hardware
Blue 3528 Single Row LED Strip Light 120/m 10mm wide Foot
Outdoor Lanterns. Belle Collection 2-Light Outdoor Matte Black Hanging Lantern
Home Depot
Bamboo Wall Sconce by Troy Lighting
$184.00 | Lumens
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™