First im­pres­sions

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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.

Photo: BREN­DAN FRAN­CIS

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