Renovating an entry is about strategically correcting the bones ...
It is both about width and height: correcting a too small width so two people cannot walk side by side up to the front door. Single step elevation mistakes are common unfortunates, too.
This existing entry lacks a sense of arrival.
People cannot walk beside each other to arrive and when they do get to the front door, they have still not arrived. They are one step down to the level of the house. This may sound subtle but to arrive in spaciousness and to a level that is the same as the house offers hospitality even before the host speaks.
How an entry is situated, shapes the experience and says a great deal about the inhabitants ...or it could. It is not just the improved real estate value that an investment in "curb appeal" affects, it is the pleasure that the dwellers receive each and every time they enter their own home.
It welcomes them and can offer a sense of arrival and welcome.