Tips to Update a Dated Brick Arch Home Entryway

Update Dated Home Entryway

Want to update your dated home entryway? Your entryway is one of the first parts of your home that your guests will see, so you want it to look fresh and up-to-date. This home used to have brick arches that declared the decade it was built in: the 1980s. In addition, the brick in some of these arches was compromised. While we wanted to keep some of the brick, we also wanted to give the entryway a fresh look. Check it out in the video below:

Let’s break down exactly what we updated in the entryway of this home.

Remove Those Brick Arches!

The brick arches that we removed from this home were very common features in the 1980s, and many homes in Edmonton have these. Maybe your home does too! If your home has them, take a good look at them. Is the brick compromised? Are they a safety hazard? Check for cracks in the brick, and other signs these arches have their best days behind them.

If the arches no longer look very stable, you should talk to a contractor right away about options for safely removing them.

You don’t have to remove all the brick! Brick is a great material that adds a lot of texture to your home exterior. It’s no wonder it has been a classic feature of many homes for so long. In this renovation, we kept the bottom brick bases of the arches and replaced the top with a post, beam and purlin design.

We also recycled some of the brick that we removed, and added it around the new door. Upcycling building materials is a great way to reduce the amount of waste your renovation project produces. We shared other ideas for upcycling in this interior design blog as well.

LUX cladding in entry

Swap Out Your Old Door for a New Style

You might think a door is a door, but you’d be surprised how much of a difference a new door can make! This is a relatively small change, but it has a big impact.

This home used to have a classic 6-panel colonial door, and we replaced it with a modern-style door that lets in a lot of light (shout out to Lux Windows and Glass who provided this door!)

If you find your front porch is quite dark, there are many options and styles for doors with windows. Take a look, and you’ll find one that fits the style of your exterior perfectly.

Update Your Siding

The last detail we paid attention to in this entryway is the siding of the garage wall. This was very visible to anyone who walked through this entryway area. While the old siding was a neutral colour, the new siding was a bit fresher with a narrower profile. This gives this wall more texture and visual interest.

ideas for front door renovations

Maybe after reading this you still want a little professional advice and guidance on your entryway renovation project. This is where talking to your contractor can help! Reach out to me here at Contact Renovations and Custom Homes if you have any questions!

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