Now that I've got your attention, it's true that reading (or writing) about doors isn't a very sexy topic, but it's an important one. Doors provide protection to you and your family, and the front door of your home makes a statement about your home and the family who lives in the house.
Our homes provide shelter, and doors play a key role. Doors not only protect your home's interior from the weather, they also provide access to your home's interior. Doors used to provide security, i.e. think back to Robin Hood and feudal times. In some ways we still use our doors to decide who to let into our homes, and our lives. Think about:
- Those people you simply won't open the door for, i.e. why there are peep holes in our doors.
- Other people you're happy to chat with for a few minutes while standing in your open doorway, but you don't invite these people into your home.
- Your friends, family and other invited guests who you welcome into your home with open arms!
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Like picking the clothes you wear each day, picking the neighborhood and home you buy or build is a reflection on your values, your personality, your lifestyle. While the number one factor in picking your home is location, location, location … your front door is likely the most important element of your home's exterior, although great landscaping is a close second.
We're people and while the overall presentation of your home, what is commonly known as curb appeal, evokes an emotional reaction. The front door invites human interaction so we're drawn to this feature over any other. Doors are intriguing and when you're traveling to other parts of the country, or other countries, try looking at the doors to gain insight into the local culture and the people who live there.Single Door w/Trim
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There are many ways you can dress up your front door, to make it more welcoming. You can enhance your existing door or, space permitting, replace a single entry door with a double door or sidelights on one/both sides of your door to bring more sunlight into your home.
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