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Entrance Pediments

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boston entrance pediment
entrance pediment boston
Boston Pediment
entrance pediments AE311

68-3/4"L x 24-1/8"H x 6"D
pitch - 8/12

list price: $623.10
your price: $498.48
pittsburgh pediment
entrance pediment pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Pediment
entrance pediments AE313

83-1/4"L x 25-5/8"H x 2-3/4"D
pitch - 5/12

list price: $822.85
your price: $658.28
raleigh entrance pediment
entrance pediment raleigh
Raleigh Pediment
entrance pediments

42-1/4"L x 21-3/8"H x 4-1/2"D
pitch - 6/12

entrance pediments austin
austin pediments for entrance
Austin Pediments

small pediment - AHP44
44"L x 22"H x 2-3/4"D

list price: $311.60
your price: $249.28

medium pediment - AHP475
47-1/2"L x 22-1/2"H x 2-3/4"D

list price: $332.97
your price: $266.38

large pediment - AHP51
51"L x 22-1/2"H x 2-3/4"D

list price: $374.65
your price: $299.72

extra large pediment - AHP54
54"L x 20-5/8"H x 2-3/4"D

list price: $409.31
your price: $327.45
adjustable urn pediments
adjustable entrance pediments
Adjustable Urn Pediments

small pediment - AE332
60" to 85"L x 20-3/4"H x 3"D

list price: $573.02
your price: $458.41

large pediment - AE331
86-1/2" to 105"L x 20-3/4"H x 2-1/2"D

list price: $603.35
your price: $482.68
urn pediment for entrance
entrance pediment with urn
Urn Pediment
entrance pediments

peak pediment Peak Pediment
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Transforming entryway with entrance pediments

Since your front entryway is the first impression guests and visitors will form of your home, it makes good sense to give some thought to how you can create a welcoming feeling while expressing your personal sense of style. Adding an entrance pediment could hardly be simpler, and you'll be happy to know that there are all sorts of styles and sizes of pediments from which you can choose... read on exterior pediments >>

entrance pediments

Entrance Details

In the old days, the front door was very important because it was the only way in and out for people and everything else, including light. These days most houses have an attached garage, and the front door has become vestigial: the family uses the garage door or the back door. The front entrance is forced into action only on Halloween.

We may not use the front entrance much anymore, but that doesn't mean it isn't still important. In most houses, it remains the focal point of the front elevation, the natural resting spot for roving eyes. And for hundreds of years, front doors have been the battlefield on which different styles and fashions have fought. Colonial designers may have loved the simplicity of a basic, unadorned entry. But the Victorians thought it was the perfect place to exercise some serious decoration - to say nothing of a starting point for porticoes, pergolas, and porte cocheres.

Door trim can be pretty sedate, just some painted 1x4 pine or 2-inch-wide brick mold on the side and top jambs. This treatment often works well for contemporary houses, but it's never been a common feature of older house styles. In the past, the entry door was always the focal point of the front elevation and was decorated accordingly.

Enhancing the Entrance with Pediment

In most cases, designers and builders have a basic choice to make: do they want a flat head casing with a drip cap on top, or a more ornate entrance pediment? And if they choose a pediment, should it be full or split? Their next decision is how much this piece of trim should be embellished. Pediments, for example, can be pretty straightforward, just a shallow triangle installed so that it slightly projects from the siding. And, of course, they can be much more ornate. Hand-carved split pediments are common in the older house styles. And the more expensive the house, the more eye-catching was the pediment.

Plainer styles, such as Federal and Colonial Revival, lean toward plainer head casings. A simple horizontal piece the same width and thickness as the side casings is a common solution. But usually it is a thicker and wider board, sometimes with a crown or cove molding installed along its top edge. Typically, the amount of decoration used on the front door is greatly reduced on other entry doors at the side or back of the house. This approach certainly reduces costs a bit. More importantly, the trim makes a clear design statement: the front door is the proper entry of the house and the others are merely portals of convenience.