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:
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.
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.