TKristen Howard at Corinthian Doors knows a front door makes a huge first impression on visitors or potential buyers. HE front door to the house is where first impressions begin, so it’s really important to get it right.
Do not leave people in the dark at night – it has to be lit up.
Make sure the surface is level and clear of any furniture or plants, the door must have a full and open swing, and if you have security screens ensure they do not look too overbearing – it is a home not a bank!
The front entrance nowadays is quite big compared to say 20 years ago.
Doors today are generally oversized and can swing either way. The feng shui enthusiasts may have something to say in this respect so if you’re a believer, check out the way it should be.
I do believe in a certain flow and energy to a front entrance so it does require the right considerations.
As the door opens there needs to be enough room through the hallway for you to carry whatever you have in your arms inside without being cramped or closed in.
Furniture should be kept to a minimum to avoid any collisions and again there should be enough light to find your way.
Step ups or thresholds must be kept even and minimise the height of the step (if you must have one) from entrance to hall, through the front door. The last thing you want to do is trip on the way in.
Give the door mat a weekly shake out and avoid messages like, “Friend or Foe” or “Who Goes There” – save it for the back door if you must.
Shelter from the weather is essential, so keep the overhead cover big enough to cover three people at least.
Avoid too much glass. My last front door was fully made of glass and I did not have any window dressing on the inside.
I didn’t mind it but my girlfriend at the time gave a young apprentice electrician a shock he’ll never forget one morning when she walked in front of it naked.
She was terribly embarrassed and the young sparky had a great story for the pub that weekend.
If you’re going glass, make it frosted or tinted heavily or tell your missus to put some clothes on.
Colour schemes are a big consideration, so consult the latest magazines and try sample colours.
The front door bell must work or intercoms are a great way of finding out who is there without going to the actual door.
Deadlocks and chains must be in perfect working order and don’t spare the expense on buying quality locks and door furniture.
Security screen keys must be on standby or hanging up close to the front door on the inside – they have to be opened immediately in case of a fire for a quick and easy escape. If your door is sticky or jamming, then scribe with a pencil where it is hitting.
Remove the door off the hinges and plane the door down to the pencil line.
Use a hand plane if you’re not that handy with an electric planer.
Go slowly and don’t take too much off – front doors are expensive.
Make sure water is not pooling around the door – that can make it swell and expand which could be the cause of it jamming.
Check the condition of the hinges to ensure they are coping with the weight of the door.
If it looks doubtful, re-hang the door and patch the old hinge cut outs.
* Tom Williams is a licensed carpenter, qualified residential builder and presenter with Channel 7.