In from the Outside: Kitchens with Exterior Entry Doors

My favorite apartment kitchen ever (I didn't actually live there — I just looked at it while apartment hunting years ago) had an entry door that brought you straight into the kitchen. If I had lived there, I might have come to find drawbacks with it, but I loved how it brought you straight into the more enclosed kitchen instead of into the living room.

In that same manner, I love it when a house has an exterior door into the kitchen. It's great for bringing groceries straight into their home room instead of traipsing them through the house. And it's easy access for outdoor dining and entertaining.

What do you say to an entry door in the kitchen? Love it? Hate it? And why?

Related: Dutch Doors In Quaint Kitchens

(Images: Two Maisons, teodosio.com, Country Living, CocoCozy, Coastal Living)

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.