Front of House Design

Shannon takes a close look at two very different properties to investigate what their entrances are saying and why they work.

Shannon visited a fisherman's cottage in a seaside suburb. This style of house can often take on an overtly pretty, rather quaint, look but these owners have managed to create a much more contemporary look. Their choice of colour is integral in defining the look of a home and in the seaside cottage the traditional approach would be to go for a pastel. These people however have gone for a stormy gray. It's a colour used frequently in modern architecture but it works really well here as it reflects the seaside location. The decorative details like the nautical themes add personality and hint at the owners' passions and pastimes.

The front garden of this house has turned the cottage garden idea on its head. What you'd expect to see in an entrance like this one are some roses and a pretty picket fence. What you get instead are sculptured plants simple lines and no colour.

We all need our own safe haven, especially inner-city dwellers. Shannon took a look at the entrance of a converted warehouse, which seemed to be keeping the hustle and bustle at bay. The materials used created a distinctive first impression. The concrete fa├žade and steel bars giving it an industrial edge, which is practically devoid of character or individuality. You normally wouldn't find this in a residential environment but this is the inner city so it's right at home.

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