Don’t know about where you live, but in New England, the front door typically is rarely used.
That insight was confirmed when I was canvassing for the Census and we had to leave a notice behind when nobody was home. Often, the real door is the one at the rear of the house.
It’s a curiosity that reminds me of something I once read about Zen temples in Japan, which were initially copies of ones in China.
The Chinese loved symmetry, which the Japanese detested, and so when the imported designs were expanded, they grew to one side or the other. Many old New England houses also have many additions, most famously the connecting barn.
Well, for the record, our back door is where the action is, and it runs through a mud room addition from the kitchen.
Now I’m starting to think about trying to enter by the right door as a metaphor for life. Like maybe there’s a hidden key, even. The one others know about, but not you or me?
The side-door Cape style is rampant in Eastport, but that doesn’t mean they all look the same.
In addition, as a fishing village, few carriages houses were built behind the houses. That’s one big difference between places like Dover. Besides, who would care for the horses while you were out to sea?
That, as well as variations on a theme, plus some lively deviations. The Chinese, I’ve read, also loved symmetry, and when Zen Buddhism spread to Japan, the temples were constructed according to tradition. But the Japanese also disliked symmetry, as is reflected in the additions over time, which always built to one side or the other.
I can see that dynamic at work in our little fishing village in the evolution of our distinctive side-door Cape style.
Here’s more of the basic front as a starting point.