CHOOSING AN EXTERIOR DOOR STYLE
There’s a lot to consider when selecting an exterior door, whether it’s for new construction or a remodeling project. It’s easy to get “tunnel vision” and focus too much on the entryway itself, to the detriment of the façade as a whole. Read below for a few tips from Builders FirstSource on how to select the best exterior door for your project, and avoid the dreaded “McMansion” appellation.
CONSIDER THE COLOR
The color of an entry door is always going to be the first thing that homeowners, visitors, and passers-by notice about an entryway. There’s a literal rainbow of colors to choose from, so how do you begin to narrow down your options? First thing’s first; think about the overall visual effect you want the door to have on the exterior of the house
APPRECIATE THE ARCHITECTURE
The quickest way to “break” the look of a well-designed exterior is to select an entry door that simply doesn’t mesh with the home’s architecture. We’re big fans of Craftsman-style doors – but if they’re not in context with other Arts & Crafts-inspired motifs like square columns or board-and-batten shutters, the door can look awkward and out-of-place. A bit like displaying a signed Nirvana poster in a formal foyer; both are beautiful things in their own right, but mashing them together is a disservice to both.
MIND THE MATERIAL
While not as visually obvious as color or profile, it’s equally important to consider the material of the entry door for your project. The 3 most common materials used for entry doors are steel, fiberglass, and wood, and each has its own unique set of pros and cons.