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ELEVATE YOUR ENTRANCE WITH A NEW FRONT DOOR

ELEVATE YOUR ENTRANCE WITH A NEW FRONT DOOR

Jane’s Door

This is my front door and I adore it. It’s the best front door I have ever had. When we first went to look at our house, the realtor’s information sheet said that the seller had spent $250,000 on renovations. That is a lot of money and that is what prompted me to go and view it, even though the photos did not look inviting.

The money had been spent mainly on outdoor landscaping. There was still a great deal of remodeling and renovating still to be done inside. It was also immediately obvious that money and love had been lavished on the front door. Just look how splendid it is.

It is totally in keeping with the slightly Tuscan feel of our home. The windows at the sides allow light inside, the grills add a distinctive feature and the forged cast iron trim and latch style handle just finish it off perfectly.

POINSETTIA SIDE NOTE

PS. I had to include the poinsettia in the photo. I put it in the outdoor pot after Christmas last year when it started to fade. I didn’t even plant it properly.  I just sat it in there in its plastic flowerpot. Not only has it flourished but the leaves are starting to turn red. So cool.

WOODEN DOORS

With so many heritage homes in Pasadena, window and door contractors confirm that wood is the number one choice. It exudes warmth and tradition and groundedness. The grain adds texture and individuality. If you want a handcrafted look, wood is the only way to go. If wood is painted, it needs regular maintenance to keep it looking good. Little dings and scratches can easily be repaired.

FIBERGLASS

Fiberglass is a good, less expensive option that can mimic the look of wood. It requires very little maintenance and can last for years in a protected location. Fiberglass doors are lightweight making them popular with Pasadena renovators as they are easy to hang. They have a tough outer coating and an inner foam core that provides good insulation. Fiberglass does not expand or contract with the weather like wood.

DECORATIVE GLASS

If your interior entranceway is dark, add glass panels to your door or to the sides. Decorative glass will still ensure privacy. Beveled panels or stained glass can make a personal statement and add real interest.

By Jane Noble