Smart and Stylish Entryway Doors
“Curb appeal” is important, but an entry door should also enhance a home’s interior. When our client showed us a photo of a door style she liked — wood-framed with privacy glass — we wanted to create something that was not only attractive but also practical: It needed not only to harmonize with the clean lines of the rest of the remodel’s design but also provide effective insulation against the frequent fluctuations in central Indiana’s weather. We replaced her existing door, which was surrounded by clear, narrow window panes, with one that framed panels of decoratively etched glass. To maximize insulation and add visual interest, we had two different glass designs laminated together to form the panes, one pattern facing the exterior and the other facing the interior. The results are elegant and understated, letting light into the entryway while adding privacy.
Elegance can also take a more substantial, imposing form with a solid wood entry door. This hefty door design comprises three layers of hardwood, its outer frame milled to fit together with no visible nails. Each inset panel was hand-crafted, piece by piece, to give depth as well as weight to the doors. The outer casing, also built in layers, lends an air of strength while also feeling warm and welcoming with its dark wood tones. Recessed as they are under the portico, they also exude a feeling of privacy.