Visitors’ impressions of a home are often dictated by the home’s entryway. Just as one may judge a book by its cover, the same can be said about the impression that a front door and entryway can create, regardless of how accurate that impression is.
One of the best ways to improve that impression is to replace the front door of the home.
“Buying a new front door is cheaper than buying a new house,” said Joe Murphy, manager at Frank Lumber in Marysville. The new door can change the look of a home.
Frank Lumber, also known as “The Door Store” specializes in selling doors of all kinds. “There’s a vast amount of options,” said Murphy.
To help wade through the options, Murphy said a homeowner should bring ideas of what they are trying to achieve with the new door so staff can find a type and style that complements the home. People should have measurements of the door and an idea of whether they want it painted or stained. Homeowners should know what kind of weather exposure the door would have to endure.
“We want something that works for the environment and is suitable for the house as well,” Murphy said. If a door would be facing south or west and receive a lot of rain, he may encourage people to buy one comprised of fiberglass which requires less maintenance than a wood door. While they come in a wide array of styles, fiberglass doors can’t be customized the way wood doors can.
“If you draw me a picture, we can build it,” Murphy said.
He also asks a homeowner what kind of maintenance they’re willing to undertake to care for the new door.
While upgrading the front door of the home helps increase curb appeal, there are other things a homeowner can do to help improve their main entryway.
Whether one chooses to be classic or bold, modern or traditional, there are various ways to quickly transform a home’s entryway.
νBold front door color. Color can dramatically enhance an entryway. Painting an existing door or replacing it with a more vivid option can do the trick. The DIY Network says certain colors stand out as favorites. These include turquoise, yellow, red, indigo, orange, and black. The door color should complement the other shades of the home, such as those on siding and trim.
νCustom walkway. Guide guests right to the front door with an attractive (and safe) walkway. Stamped concrete or decorative paver blocks may fit the bill. This walkway can extend to the street or to the driveway.
νContain plants. Landscaping around the entryway should be neat and well-tended. Overgrown plants or shrubbery may give off an air of neglect. Container plants and carefully curated shrubs can create a neat and inviting aura.
νHighlight the address. Make sure the home can be found easily with bold and decorative house numbers. Consider two different address signs: one illuminated and easily viewed from the curb, and another closer to the front door.
νUtilize high-end materials. The relatively small area of real estate by the front door enables homeowners to splurge on more opulent materials that can really add a feeling of luxury. These can include colorful tiles, ornate planters, decorative wooden doors, or elaborate knobs and lighting fixtures.
νAdd architectural details. Find out which architectural elements will meld with the style of the home and then incorporate them. Moldings, columns, shutters, and trim are areas to consider.
The entryway to a home garners a lot of attention. Homeowners can enhance their spaces with entryways that really make a statement.