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Kerb appeal is important, and fundamental to a good first impression is a handsome front door. Here’s how to ensure yours looks the part
A smart and sturdy front door will add value to your home while also ensuring it’s secure and draught-free. ‘Ironically, improved central heating can cause original doors to warp, and many were constructed using bone glue, which over time can weaken’ says Kerry Walters at The London Door Company ( londondoor.co.uk). ‘Decorative glass was often removed and locks repeatedly changed, all of which can render a door less secure or attractive. If this is the case then a replacement front door can make all the difference.’
If you live in a period property, an authentic style is always a good option, and many companies have comprehensive ranges or can create a bespoke design to suit your exact requirements. However, if you live in a newer property, or simply fancy something more modern, there are some key points to consider. ‘Think about the materials on the outside of the building, for example window frames, cladding, rendering, and any metals or stone, as well as the interior including the flooring, staircase and other visible doors,’ advises Elisabeth Assaf at Urban Front (urbanfront.com). ‘The front door should stand out, but it needs to work with the rest of the house.’ In terms of finishes, not only does solid wood or a wood veneer feel more pleasing, it can be stained or painted a different shade should you so desire, and a well-chosen door can also bridge the gap between a traditional façade and a contemporary interior. ‘The key is to choose a simple design in a timeless timber such as oak, or a classic dark colour’ says Assaf. ‘Go for a stainless steel knob or a lever handle rather than a long pull handle. Bronze door furniture is also a good option.’ Remember too, that there is strict legislation concerning replacement of external doors, so check local regulations.