Today's doors can be as fancy as you like, with custom imagery carved into the face.
Today’s doors can be as fancy as you like, with custom imagery carved into the face.

I love a good front door.

A front door should be memorable and solid. Welcoming, yet impenetrable — a brute with a heart.

These days, front doors on all my homes (whether custom built for a client or a spec) are custom-made. I like the front door to reflect something of the home’s interior — a little personalized touch.

For example, the picture above is of a front door on a home I am building in Salem, Oregon. This spec house has a lot of detail in the interior. In fact, in many areas I have personally hand-carved oak leaves and acorns into focal areas— take the photo below:

Hand-carved newel post. Oak Leaves.
Hand-carved newel post. Oak Leaves.

The newel post at the bottom of the stairway will feature this hand-wrought carving of oak leaves. It’s not done quite yet — but you get the picture. The front door gives a taste of what is to come.

This entry way is both welcoming and strong. A good front door can add strength to any house.
This entry way is both welcoming and strong. A good front door can add strength to any house.

Here’s yet another example of a strong, yet intricately detailed front door. The warm wood tones and carved leaves give it a whimsical feel — but the ironwork adds an imposing air.

My front doors measure nearly four inches thick. I want them to feel heavy in your hands as they swing open. That doesn’t mean they are “hard” to open — it just means that you won’t be accidentally slamming it shut when you come home in a hurry.

If you are thinking of doing a ‘curb appeal’ make-over to your home, you really ought to consider a custom front door. Yes, you will need a new (and more expensive) lock-set and hinges — but it’ll be worth it. The front door is the new welcome mat. It says everything about your home without giving away a single secret.

If you are thinking of building a home in Salem or Bend, Oregon — please give me a call: 541-480-5050. I have a few homes under construction in Salem ready for walk-throughs and new owners — and a couple customs under way in Bend. I’d be happy to go over plans with you and start the new home process.

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