We were working this week on a cognitive impairment neighborhood within an assisted living community, which is located at the “end of a corridor.” The owner wants to create a space that is like a foyer, to welcome visitors as they enter the neighborhood. And we will, but what about the approach side of the door? We will also be creating a front door to this special assemblage of residents. It needs to duplicate the imagery of a front door to a home, because it is.
Years ago I attended a meeting in a large city north of Washington, D.C., and the owner wanted to camouflage the door to a similar neighborhood (back then is was called a “unit!”—small changes really do matter), because it was off the main lobby. When I heard this, my immediate response was, “Why?” I am pleased to say that my case was heard and agreed to. We created a front door, complete with enhanced trim, wood finish, a doorbell, and a beautiful brass knocker . . . even a faux mail slot. So visitors are now cued in to the fact that they are entering the home of someone special. The visit may be trying, and the resident ornery that day, but we can never forget that they are home.
So I ask, what do your front doors imply? Step back and look at them with a new perspective.Read More