Transitional Space

What this Means...

Transitional space is a term we designers use to explain the space “in-between” the exterior to the interior. It’s the definition of space from the outdoors to the indoors. It’s the link between the two spaces.

The exterior front entrance to a house sets the mood for the rest of the house.

When we think of the front entry to a home, it more than just a front door. It’s so much more than that.

How does that transitional space meet outdoor to indoor? What mood does it create?

Your front entrance door is your transitional space to the interior. It’s the details here, that when done right, creates a spectacular “ambience”. It’s important to get this transitional space right.

Transitions Have Many Levels

The key to a good entry is about developing a process of entering a home.

A well-planned entrance is not just about opening a door and walking in. It’s about transitioning on many levels from the street to the interior of the home.

A Great Entrance Says, "Welcome"

A great entry starts at the street. It starts with curb-appeal.

Great entrances scream, “Come in, you are welcomed here! We expect you. We’re set up to receive you.”

Stand on your street and face your house. Ask yourself, “How can you make that space more welcoming?

Create Atmosphere!

So often I find that people do not spend the effort on creating that right ambience for their front entry.

Guest coming to your front door should have an experience. Well, I’m not talking about the Taj Mahal experience, but your front entrance should create an experience – a welcome feeling.

Older homes which typically didn’t have provisions for a foyer or entry vestibule. Sometimes, these spaces created an awkward entrance. These awkward spaces make it difficult for furniture placement, coats to be hung and guest to be received.

It's About Building Those Connections

To give a clearer picture of what I’m talking about, imagine walking to a front door that has no clear pathway to the front.

The exterior steps to the front door do not have a landing. The front door does not support a porch, or canopy. This door has no glazing (windows or glass). Glazing on doors gives you the feeling of connection to the indoors from the outdoors.

When the door opens, imagine that you are walking straight into the living room as there is no front vestibule to receive you.

Entering this type of space makes the space feel awkward. With no front vestibule to receive you, you automatically are thrown into the family living space.

Without proper transitioning from the outdoors to the interior of the home, guest can feel awkward by going from one space to the other without a proper transition through those spaces.

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