Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Doorway to Heaven

Architects' Top Picks to Add Character at the Threshold

First impressions are everything, and your home is no exception. An entryway sets the tone for an estate’s architectural and interior style. From Arts & Crafts workmanship to a panoramic glass façade, see how these local architects engineered the most welcoming of entries.

Austin Patterson Disston Architects
Built on the Mianus River in the 1920s, this stately stone English Arts & Crafts-style home featured a lower-level entrance, but no front drive to address the street, forcing guests to arrive awkwardly at the basement level. APD Architects designed a new drive, stairway and gracious entry featuring a glass and wrought iron canopy. “The canopy is a work of craftsmanship, a hallmark of the Arts & Crafts style,” notes firm partner McKee Patterson. Now, the entrance leads to the home’s stunning water views from the entrance hall and living room. Southport, 203-255-4031

Brooks & Falotico Associates, Inc.
This Gambrel Colonial home received a dose of “classic timelessness” with a glass box entry that delivers natural light to the interiors. Traditionally styled transoms and pilaster details fall into proportion with the 1 ½-story house front. “We love the light and bright openness of this entry,” says Angelina Falotico. New Canaan, 203-966-8440

Robert A. Cardello Architects, LLC
A panoramic glass façade on a Darien waterfront home extends a friendly handshake to visitors with a theme of openness that continues through the home to the Sound and beyond. Crafted from mahogany with antique restored glass, the threshold provides added warmth while complementing the architectural symmetry. Norwalk, 203-853-2524

Michael McKinley and Associates, LLC
Situated on the Watch Hill oceanfront in Rhode Island, a gabled wood portico archway works with a paneled white-framed door for a welcoming home front. Accompanied with classic Shingle-style architectural details, the doorway’s craftsmanship sets the tone for the interior’s exquisite architecture.  Stonington, 860-535-4532

Rob Sanders Architects, LLC
This circa 1875 house featured fabulous bolection moulding on the entryway but the solid panel doors called for renovation. “They had been painted a thousand times” and had a rotted sill, explains Rob Sanders. The firm replaced the steps and sill with stone and added custom mahogany and anigre doors. Glass paneling lets in the south light when closed and allows for views of the formal allée driveway when open. Wilton, 203-761-0144

Photo credit – Dave Sloane
Photo credit – Dave Sloane

Vicente Burin Architects
Part of a Greek revival-inspired colonial, the entry foyer is the central feature of this home’s façade. A colonnade of robust square columns greets visitors while the temple-like portico leads to an oversized entry door. Cross-motif sidelights and transoms add a stylish finish. Fairfield, 203-319-9571

Douglas VanderHorn Architects

Tucked away in an Olmstead-designed Greenwich neighborhood, this English Tudor features the stately mass of a gracious estate. Extending the home’s studied architectural detailing, a brick and half-timbered gable projects over a carved stone entry arch below, complemented by a paneled oak door with iron hardware. The door’s classic styling hints at the authentic interiors within, and although new, the entry is indistinguishable from its 1920s predecessor. Greenwich, 203-622-7000

Kathleen Poirier Architects, LLC
This lakeside home in Sherman called for a major renovation, starting at the threshold. The ’70s-style house featured a glass slider for a front door that was “a bit stark and uninviting,” says architect Kathleen Poirier. The homeowners had a vision of Arts & Crafts style, so the firm created a tower concept to emphasize the location of the entryway and completed the look with a welcoming extra-wide stained door. Wilton, 203-210-5199