Please welcome guest blogger Richard Taylor, AIA. Richard is President of Richard Taylor Architects in Dublin, Ohio. RTA specializes in creating Architecture for clients who value well-crafted, timeless, and thoughtful design; who treasure a sense of place and the meaning of "home"; and who want the place where they live to be a lasting, positive contribution to their community and to the world. See RTA's work HERE
You spend a lot of money making the entry hall of your home attractive, but how much attention do you pay to the "family entry"?
The family entry is the one that you use the most. More often than not, you'll be entering your home through the garage or a side door, while the front entry is reserved for greeting the occasional visitor.
Your party guests get to use the entry foyer while you’re stuck kicking laundry baskets out of the way to enter your own home every day.
Some home styles demand a grand foyer of course, but don't you and your family also deserve an entry that welcomes you with warmth, style, and function?
A good family entry has access from the garage and from the outside - the door to the outside should be protected from the weather and should lead directly to a parking area for guests. Ideally, the door should be easily seen from the kitchen.
The entry space should contain or have direct access to a family coat closet, a bathroom, and the laundry room, but each of these spaces should be separated from the family entry by doors. (We're trying to get away from walking through the laundry room!).
Finishes in the family entry should be durable but attractive and warm. Allow plenty of space for several people to hang coats and pull off boots. Space under a bench seat can be used for boot storage, and the bench is a great place to set down groceries while you're hanging up your coat. A recessed shelf or desk holds a purse, briefcase, and laptop computer.
For families with children, a set of open shelves or lockers helps keep their bookbags, hats, gloves, and other stuff organized and off of the floor.
But this is really all about attitude. Too many homes work too hard to impress guests without taking care of their owners. Your budget allows you only so much space to work with; put it where it's needed - where it serves the needs of the family - not just where it looks good to the outside world.
Thanks so much Richard for your insight and beautiful pictures. I know I wish my family entry looked even half as good.
Shanna Lafontaine is a Realtor who works the Dublin, Hilliard, Powell, Worthington, and surrounding Columbus areas helping both Buyers and Sellers