Fabulous Front Entrances :: Driveway Gates

A driveway front gate has many purposes,
and it's not just to keep the dogs out, or in, as the case may be!
I always figure that there are 2 main jobs that a front gate has to do.
First, to set the background for the architectural "story",
as it is often the first element which a visitor sees.
And secondly, to provide a "flag" as a gesture of welcome.
"Here I am", says the front gate,
"come through this way".
Not surprisingly then, an open gate is truly 
the ultimate suggestion of welcome.
But if they have to be closed,
then an open design will do the job rather nicely.
Wrought iron is an obvious choice,
 but it always works best if there is an element
of the building which relates.
In this house at Mornington, Victoria,
the black wrought iron links visually 
to the black painted shiplap boards 
of the house beyond.
And the steeply angled roof is mirrored in
the angled cross bar of the gate.
Of course, sometimes there isn't the luxury of a large front garden,
so a more enclosed gate will create the necessary privacy.
But just creating a few openings in the gates,
as in this beautiful timber version in Selva Beach, California,
still suggests a welcome.
Finely detailed wrought iron gates from the 1950s.
This stunning entrance combines 
an avenue of magnificent trees,
richly-textured honey-golden stone pillars,
fabulously crunchy gravel
(my favourite driveway material)
& a pair of very simple timber gates 
to create an incredibly welcoming scene.

Doesn't it just make you want to go inside?

images :: californian timber gate built by robert ellenwood,
but lost source for the image // 
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