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Making a Dramatic Change in Your Front Entry Door Can Give Your Home an Exterior Makeover

If you’ve already decided to replace your front entry door and take advantage of current federal income tax credits for energy-efficient door products, why not consider doing something a little different from what you have now?  The tendency is to replace a door with something comparable, but we’d like to make a few suggestions.

1.  Let the sun shine in.  If your front entry area is dark, why not replace a solid door with one that has some glass in it?  Or, if you’ve got the room, add a sidelight on one or both sides of your  new door.  For narrower spaces which don’t permit sidelight installation, an above-the-door transom window can also bring in light.  This is also a great option if the security of a glass panel has you concerned.  Above-the-door glass is much less accessible to a burglar.

2.  Go for contrast.  While the traditional guidelines have been for doors which match windows, many designers and architects are now recommending a door with style that stands on its own.  You can opt for a distinctive style that still complements your windows and other exterior features but has a character all its own.

3.  Step outside the box.  While the standard, rectangular-shaped door is the most commonly-installed style, those with arched tops are gaining in popularity.  This can be achieved either with a rounded-top door or with a half-circle window over the door.

4.  Let color make a statement.    Choosing a bold color for the exterior of your front door allows you to express your personal style and taste, and it’s also a way to make your home stand out from those around it.  Bright colors such as blue and yellow are growing in popularity, along with the traditional red door.  A vividly-colored front entry door where windows and other trim are white draws the eye to the door and invites your guests inside.  It’s also one of the most inexpensive ways to make a change, and paint colors can be changed as your tastes change or you simply want something different.

5.  Supersize it.  Does your front entry area have plenty of space, or does your front door open directly into a large room?  If so, you may want to consider replacing your single door with double doors.   These can be especially welcoming and convenient for homeowners who entertain frequently.  Imagine greeting your guests in a doorway which allows easy entrance for more than one.


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