How to Remodel the Entrance to a Ranch Style House


A ranch house typically has a small entrance foyer, but there are ways to enhance any space inside a home's main door to create more style. Look at options for adding upscale building materials and the right colors to make a bold statement. For example, consider using a small chandelier as an overhead ceiling light or upscale marble tiles on the entry floor space. Go over ways to make the exterior of the front entrance more attractive as well.

Things You'll Need

  • Concrete
  • Porch roof materials
  • New main door
  • Side glass panels
  • Porch lighting
  • Plant containers
  • Landscaping materials
  • 2-by-4-inch boards
  • Wood panels
  • Bead board paneling
  • Drywall
  • Full-length mirror
  • Narrow table
  • Marble tiles
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Polyurethane
  • Gray slate tiles
  • Enlarge a small porch space. Increase the size of a concrete porch base and build a porch roof over it, for example. Begin the remodel outside the house, so that a main door area leads from beautiful outside space to an impressive foyer inside. Add a new main door with floor-to-ceiling side panels of glass to add light to the interior.

  • Install upscale porch lighting and containers with plantings. Use a large stone vase on each side of the door with a topiary-style bush, for example. Add a border of ground cover, ivy or containers of flowering plants around the porch perimeter, so the curbside view is eye-catching.

  • Build a coat closet in a typically small entrance of a ranch house. Construct a coat closet just 5 feet tall if space is limited. Design it to fit somewhat like a room divider between the entrance and living room. Build the closet of wood with small sliding doors and crown molding around the top perimeter. Frame a 6-foot-by-3-foot deep closet with 2-by-4-inch boards to enclose with wood panels or bead board. Cover this short closet with drywall, as another option.

  • Add a large full-length mirror in the entrance. This will add more light and provide a space to check one's appearance. Install a mirror with a frame design that fits the décor of living space or nearby rooms. Add a narrow table for trays to hold keys or gloves when entering the house.

  • Use high-quality flooring inside the foyer and on the porch space. Lay marble tiles in a 6-foot-by-8-foot interior space, for example. Add hardwood flooring, if you prefer, sealed with polyurethane to protect the interior floor from mud and rain tracked inside. Cover a concrete porch with upscale textured gray slate tiles. Don't use smooth tiles on the porch, because rain will make them too slick, possibly causing someone to fall.

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