Magazine article Sunset

Making a Grand Entrance out of an Ordinary One

Magazine article Sunset

Making a Grand Entrance out of an Ordinary One

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New surfaces make this entry stand out

A good entry should offer a sense of transition from the outside world and establish the tone for a house's interior. But in many houses, you open the front door and - wham! - you're in the living room. The challenge for anyone planning a remodel of one of these abrupt spaces is to separate it visually and functionally from the rest of the interior.

Berkeley designer Fu Tung Cheng gave a new look and identity to the low-ceilinged entry of a ranch-style house without adding or moving any walls. He accomplished this transformation mostly by retexturing existing surfaces: floor, walls, front door and facing closet doors, and portions of a display alcove.

The boldest change was replacing the hardwood floor at the front door with a thin slab of colored concrete. Cheng removed the existing planking and poured the jade green slab on the sub-floor. The 3/4-inch-thick slab consists of high-density concrete reinforced with plastic mesh. …

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