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First impressions

Entrances and hallways set the tone for your whole property, so make them count with a smart front door, lots of natural light inside, and design flourishes such as statement stairs and lighting, says Emily Brooks
This house in Hampshire was remodelled and extended by OB Architecture; old additions at the front of the house were removed, replaced by a two-storey glazed entrance section with timber joinery contrasting with the white render
MARTIN GARDNER

Even though our home’s entrances and hallways are essentially transitional spaces – well used, but never for very long – it’s still worth pushing the boat out to make them feel welcoming and instill a sense of grandeur. “The entrance hall is the first experience of the house’s living space and has the power to set the theme for the rest of the property”, says Sarah Johnson, principal architect at Laurence Associates.

“Double-height galleries with rooflights above create large open spaces, allowing natural light to flood into the hall, softening the transition from the outside world to the interior. The hallway provides an opportunity to create drama with exciting lighting, large artwork or statement staircases. It’s the introduction to the story of your home.”

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Looking for ideas and practical advice to help you create a tailor-made home that suits your lifestyle perfectly? The July issue of Build It has you covered. Here's a sneak peek at what's inside: - Self-build secrets: 10 things you need to know before you build - How to get planning permission for your extension - PVCu windows: are they the right choice for your project? - The best ways to insulate foundations - Going off-grid: options for heating & electrics - Budgeting basics: how to get an accurate estimate for your build ...and more!