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The entrance area can be considered as a link between the house and the outside world, at the same time it creates the first impression of the house and its inhabitants. The European view of the entrance area of a summer cottage as an open space has little in common with our accepted concepts of a garden and a house. In our area, the entrance zone is used to be considered a more private place, it is usually more closed, it is often fenced.
The design of the entrance area, the dimensions of which are usually small, should be laconic and it is desirable to maintain all the details of the landscape and architecture in the general style of the garden. There will certainly arise the problem of choosing a particular style, the direction in which the space of the entrance zone will be framed. However, today it is more correct to talk about a certain stylization, since eclecticism is characteristic of modern architecture. Often, the design projects of country houses reflect not so much the style itself as they are its imitation, using the most characteristic moments of individual styles. Nevertheless, let's talk about several main areas in the design of a country house and garden.
Russian starodachny style
The old-fashioned style is characterized by a small neglect of the garden, an even relief, all landscape solutions are quite simple, without any frills. The house is usually located in the back of the plot, you can go to it along the path. Sheathed with boards, usually painted in bright colors, the base is plastered.
A spacious covered porch with columns, which is climbed by a wide staircase with a balustrade, is necessarily adjacent to the house. This veranda is used for family tea parties. Among the furniture, the main role is played by a large table, which can accommodate the whole family and close friends. A wicker rocking chair adds color and contributes to a calm, friendly and a bit contemplative atmosphere.
On such a veranda, flowerpots with balsamines, pelargoniums look great, and nearby mock-up bushes in the midst of summer fill the veranda with a wonderful aroma.
And, of course, there is a fruit garden nearby, at the time of flowering of apple and pear blossoms, gaining incredible beauty and charm. The picture of the Russian garden is complemented by bushes of lilac and rose hips, planted at the entrance and along the fence. A harmonious addition to these flowering shrubs is hydrangea. Along the path leading to the house, you can plant a flower garden of peonies, lupins, geraniums, lilies, roses and other perennial flowers.
Russian log style
The main architectural element of this style is a house built of timber or large logs. An ideal location would be a forested plot of land on which large trees grow, however, a rural landscape with a rich nature would be an acceptable alternative. This country style will be approved by people who prefer simple forms and materials, connoisseurs of the pristine beauty of nature.
A spacious outdoor terrace is adjacent to the house, along the perimeter it is framed by wooden railing, which is applied a simple geometric pattern. Steps descend directly into the garden, which you can exit from the house by passing the terrace. Terrace furniture is recommended to be treated with antiseptic solutions. The lighting of the terrace is answered by lanterns with shades of simple design. Containers with flowering annuals are placed on the railing.
For finishing the basement and the ground in front of the house, natural stone is better. It is necessary that the garden does not enter into disharmony with the surrounding nature, it must contain characteristic plants for the area, usual for the traditional Russian garden.
The highlight of the entrance area can be a beautiful bright front garden. It can be a country-style flower garden. It will harmoniously look bells, asters, phloxes, nyvyanik. For shaded areas, you can recommend perennials such as Rogersia, aconite, frankincense, astilbe. The entrance area will be decorated with garden swings and trellises braided with girl's grapes. To maintain privacy, the view from the street to the site will be covered by picturesque groups of elderberry plantations, chubushnikov, hazel.
Building a veranda to the house
Art Nouveau style is easily recognizable by smooth lines and flowing forms, elegant decor with floral motifs, all kinds of combinations of various materials, design elements bearing the print of individuality. This style is for creative natures, which are characterized by a certain extravagance.
In this style, the garden is a natural extension of the house, so landscape design and architectural design should be a single whole. The entrance area of the house is made out, for example, by a purple flower garden, or by a border from hydrangea bushes of a tree, Japanese spirea or other flowering shrubs. The patio in front of the house is paved in an original way. Almost necessarily the presence of water elements in the form of a raised reservoir with nymphs or a wall fountain, giving the patio a very picturesque look. Near the water composition, you can place a flower composition of various types of iris - dwarf, Siberian, Japanese, bearded, with the addition of sage and polyanthus roses. Forged arches and a garden bench decorated with a climbing rose will harmoniously fit into the atmosphere of the entrance zone.
Plants with an unusual crown shape and picturesque foliage are better suited to the Art Nouveau style. You can advise for the garden ordinary lilac and derain white, panicle hydrangea. It is wonderful if the foliage of the plants will organically combine with the color of the house.
The style of minimalism is chosen by people who like a laconic design, the use of modern technology in combination with simple forms on the background of almost completely ignoring the decor. A garden in this style requires almost no maintenance. The facades of buildings are made of glass, stone, concrete, metal, and tinted wood is also found.
The garden in a minimalist style is characterized by the presence of all kinds of electronic filling.
The stairs, the sweat of which rise into the house, can be equipped with a ramp. The staircase is made up of metal handrails, cables and wooden beams. The canopy over the stairs can be made of glass, mounted on a metal frame.
The design of the adjacent territory is based on the principle of contrast - natural forms are combined with artificial elements. The platform in front of the house is paved in a combined way, equipped with a backlight and has glass block inserts. Herbal design is made up of succulents (stonecrops, youngsters), compositions from representatives of cereals. The appearance of these plants will fit perfectly into the style of modern architecture. Next to cereals, you can place balls of glass, metal lanterns, and cover the soil with a layer of gravel, or pebbles. To design the entrance area, monoplanting is practiced - several species are planted in large blocks. As a harmonious combination, we can recommend a group of Cossack juniper, Ottawa barberry and gray spirea.
This is an extremely popular destination, possibly due to a successful combination of functionality, beauty and comfort. The houses included in the cottage village are built in a similar architectural style, there are transparent fences and well-visible gardens. Decorating a house is most often a facing brick; decorative stucco of light colors is also found; a garage and a winter garden are usually adjacent to the wall of the house.
Change the “face” of your house
The entrance to the cottage is preceded by a porch with a visor, which can be decorated with forging, forming a single ensemble with a forged fence. The entrance area is usually well visible from the street, so they give it a ceremonial look. Clinker bricks, paving slabs are used to cover the site in front of the house; drainage gratings and lighting devices are provided
Plants used for decoration are best taken with a beautiful crown and foliage and certainly the presence of conifers. A solitary planting is practiced, for which a Sargent apple tree, English oak, saggy birch and other plants with an unusual crown are suitable.
If we talk about coniferous species for solitary planting, then prickly spruce, one-color fir will be a good choice, in conditions of lack of free space, you can prefer Serbian spruce or Korean fir. A composition of junipers of different varieties, a combination of Japanese spires and mountain pines with the inclusion of polyanthus roses will give a beautiful view to the entrance area.
Green lawns and hedges planted around the perimeter of the fence once again emphasize the elegance of the cottage garden.
As you can see, it is quite possible to design the entrance zone of a country house within the framework of the chosen style, and at the same time it will reflect your personality, bear the imprint of the lifestyle and lifestyle of your family, being a kind of business card presented to all guests of your house.