Small Addition, Big Improvement
A new entryway dramatically helps the function and appearance of a small Cape.
Synopsis: An architect shows how a new entryway addition on a modest Cape Cod brought major improvements in the house’s exterior appearance and as well as interior function.
When most people start thinking about additions to their houses, they think big, and rightfully so. Additions are the most direct route to an extra bedroom or a bigger kitchen. Sometimes, a few small changes can have an equally large impact on a house. In our case, adding only 50 sq. ft. radically changed the little Cape my husband and I bought a few years ago.
We loved the tree-lined, kid-filled neighborhood made up of small “starter” Capes built just after World War II. But our house’s front entry was a problem. There was just a door in the wall, nothing that acknowledged the importance of the front door as a symbol of hospitality. The lack of an overhang or roof meant that we got wet as we fumbled for our keys in rainy weather. Plus, the entry landing was so shallow that we had to back down the steps when we opened the front door. Once through the door, visitors and family alike walked directly into the center of the living room, where there was no place to hang coats or leave muddy boots, backpacks, briefcases or any other bundles. Because of the constant traffic, the living room was not used much and became more like a hallway with a fireplace. My goal was to solve these problems without ruining the integrity of the house.
Relocating the front door was a key move
I knew that we needed more space for a closet, larger stairs outside and some sort of shelter over the doorway. As I was thinking about these ideas, it occurred to me that the entry location of…