Let’s talk about my front door shall we?! You’ll know how much I love the look of steel windows and doors by now. If you missed my post on how I got the look of steel windows for less, CLICK HERE. Today I am sharing why I chose a steel door over a wood door, and all the fun design details including this fun X pattern.
Fun stuff first…design details! Originally all my widows and doors were arched. I ended up squaring off all my windows for a more modern feel, but kept the eyebrow arch in my entrance and front door. A front door can mimic the other design elements of your exterior or it can be a stand alone piece. I guess you could say I did both. Did you notice the X detail in my windows? Obviously I carried that design detail to my front door but still created a stand out entrance by keeping the arched entrance.
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Basically I sent this very crude drawing over to Josh at Visonmakers and he returned this very detailed spec sheet back. That is the great thing about working with Visonmakers, whatever you can dream up, Josh will bring to life.
Here is another door design I created for a client and the return spec sheet from Visionmakers. I love working with other creators who are true experts in their craft.
One concern with having an iron and glass front door was privacy. While I love a clean clear glass, the reality of my life being on display for every passerby was not appealing. I mean everyone runs around in their underwear sometimes right? My solution was to go with an obscured glass that still allowed a ton of natural light in but gave me the privacy I was seeking. This particular style is called “etched glass”. There are a million glass designs to choose from, but I loved the simplicity of this one.
If you choose to go with a steel front door, you can either go with a fixed handle that is manufactured with the door or you can have it milled for any hardware you like. I selected this Emtek Entry set in a flat black finish to match the color of my door. I didn’t want the hardware to detract from the overall front door design, so I matched the finish. I adore the beveled detail around the edge.
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There are many reasons why I chose to go with a steel front door vs a wood front door. Steel and iron exterior doors require significantly less maintenance to keep in pristine condition – metal isn’t susceptible to splintering or rot like wood. Cracking, bowing, or rust are extremely rare in steel doors. Example: My neighbor has the most beautiful black painted wood front door. I absolutely love the design. Her home was build only 2 years ago and she already has a huge crack down the middle. I live in a climate that has all 4 seasons. It is very hot and dry in the summer and very cold and wet in the winter. There is no question that a steel door is a more suitable option in terms of durability for our Utah climate.
Iron doors are designed to lower the overall transfer of heat and cold into the house. Potentially lowering utility costs?? That’s a win! Steel and Iron doors can be costly, but its a one time investment. This is why they tend to increase a homes resale value. They are extremely durable and won’t require the same maintenance as wood or the need to be replaced.
Steel doors are generally more cost effective in relation to fiberglass doors. While fiberglass can be more resistant to general wear and tear, steel doors will require less maintenance and can be an overall better option for safety and security. The safety of my family was obviously a huge consideration.
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In the end I am so happy with my front door. Would I recommend Visionmakers…YES! Would I recommend Steel over wood…YES! Will I be sharing more about all my interior doors…YES… pretty soon. Your definetly gonna wanna subscribe to my blog below for all the updates and reveals on my new home. As always, thanks for stopping in and your comments are always appreciated.
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