After living in this house for about a year I started the design process in tandem with the city building permit process.
Since the house is so small and fits so tight on the property it doesn't conform to the building codes. For that reason I need to apply for a variance any time I want to get a permit to build.
I managed to get approved to add a garage and a new laundry closet. The laundry closet is what creates the new bump out framing the front door. This new front entry, very intentionally, creates a more formal entrance.