1. Redo front of house floor. My main concern is keeping water away from the house and controlling winter snowmelt from becoming thin sheets of ice on the sidewalk. The floor should be easy to maintain and needs to withstand snow salting, shoveling.
2. Replace entrance overhang/roof: Overhang angles towards the stairs so this is where water drips. Current design looks ugly coming up to the house.
3. Once the storm door is open there is barely enough room for a person at the top of the stairs. So you either move down to a lower step or get pushed to the side. The storm door is necessary considering that the house has an old wood door, which I’d like to keep. And even if I replace the front door, an out swing door is best. Can the stairs be less cramped?
4. I'd like to find space to fit/hide the garbage cans in the front.
5. I would consider expanding the entrance structure from 1 to 2 stories to use the new space as bedroom closet space. This would depend on construction costs though.
Fix current problems, without creating new issues. The house entrance should be neat, appealing, welcoming, and have a good flow. The front of the house should be practical and easy to maintain, with long lasting finishes. Bear in mind that the space is very angular (narrow and awkward), and that slope changes front/back and side/side.
1. keep the basement windows where they are.
2. The perimeter 6’ tall iron fence is staying but could be temporarily removed if construction requires it. I’d also like to protect the fence from corrosion so I wouldn’t want plants covering the fence.
3. I’m not a fan of pavers as a flooring option.
4. We sometimes access the house this way: gate, front of the house, garage, garden walkway to the back of the house because there are very few steps. This is convenient when carting luggage, groceries, or when a person cannot use the stairs.
The design should not be over the top - it should be something that fits the middle class housing of the neighborhood.