How To Choose The Right Front Door For Your House – 4 Things To Consider

When it comes to choosing a new front door, it’s important to ensure you opt for something that is both aesthetically pleasing and practical. However, it’s also a good idea to consider the overall appearance and style of your house.

By picking something that’s inconsistent, it could result in a mismatch of character – and a door that doesn’t match the personality of your house. And, let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than making a purchase you’ll live to regret – especially when it’s the first thing you see when you arrive home, and the last thing you see when you leave.

In this article, we break down all the aspects of finding the perfect front door for your house.

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Size

One of the main things to consider when searching for a new front door is the size of the door itself. Bear in mind the overall size and stature of your home, and try to aim for something that maintains a good house to door ratio. Don’t opt for something too big that distracts away from the other characteristic features of your home, but also something that will grab attention and enhance curb appeal.

Conventionally, the typical London door width happens to be anywhere from 32” to 36”. But you can go even bigger if it suits the blue. An entry space with more width will also make it easy to manoeuvre items in and out of your house.

Colour

Of course, colour is another integral aspect of your front door, and it’s so difficult to decide on a single colour when there’s an overwhelming number of options to choose from. For the best results, we recommend sticking with door colours that complement the rest of the elevation and the walls surrounding the door. Think natural wood tones or elegant blacks, greys and dark blues.

Having said that, there’s no harm in opting for colours that are trending at the moment. Some of which are bold and vibrant, making it easy for your home to stand out in the crowd. Yellows, reds, sky blue and pastel pinks are all popular choices at the moment, and super effective in enhancing curb appeal if you’re thinking of selling up.

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Style

If you already have the size and colour in mind, you may have already considered the style of the door itself. But this is often where homeowners get it wrong. With London townhouses, you can’t go wrong with a traditional Victorian style door, panelled Georgian feel, or an old town European style. These are timeless styles that not only appeal to the eye but also complement the brickwork and structure of classic London homes. Use it to your advantage.

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Let There Be Light!

By allowing more light to enter your house, your home looks aesthetically pleasing from every angle. In fact, the more natural light inside the house, the more open it feels, and the better your mood. It’s also great if you’re keen on maintaining some natural greenery throughout your home.

If your house is troubled with dark gloomy hallways and awkwardly-placed windows, why not choose a door that is full of at least ¾ lite panel. You could even experiment with different glass panel configurations, designs and shapes. All of these can be used to make the glass door all the more pretty to look at, and an awesome first impression for guests and visitors.

Bespoke Front Door – Our Services

Top-quality and well-designed front doors are essential in enhancing curb appeal, as well as the overall feel and style of your house. The best front doors are ones that are built with an almost poetic level of design but also fulfil all their functionalities smoothly and efficiently. So, whether you are going for a fancy design or just looking for a sense of practicality – the front door of your house will be the initial first and last impression to anyone passing by or entering your house.

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Whether you are replacing an old door for a brand new one or moving into an entirely new home, Bespoke Front Door will facilitate with the highest quality front doors, offering professional manufacturing, expert design and flawless installation services within the London area.

Our Services

The primary concern to most of our clients is that the door must be the perfect combination of solid construction and beautiful design. You can rest assured, with Bespoke Front Door Services, the end result of our project will be the perfect balance of design and functionality.

Our services consist of the following:

  • Design Consultation

  • Professional

  • Installation

  • Survey
  • Bespoke Manufacture

  • Door Frames

  • Etched/Sandblasted Glass

  • Stained Glass

  • Painting

  • Finishing Process

Our Materials

At Bespoke Front Door, we use Accoya wood to build all of our doors, and for good reason too. Not only is the wood naturally beautiful and pleasant to look at, but it also offers endless advantages when it comes to durability, maintenance and insulation.

Accoya front doors are the best choice for any home as they take care of every single aspect that one would come to expect from a Victorian front door. Manufactured by ourselves, our doors flaunt supreme craftsmanship and unparalleled design.

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We take Accoya and forge it into something that not just becomes your go-to choice for resilience, but also style. In fact, our crafts and thrilling designs that are bound to not just integrate with the look of your house, but also enhance it. In order to marry quality with what it deserves, we offer the best quality hardware and locks to support the door.

Our doors are also eco-friendly, with Accoya wood being completely non-toxic and 100% recyclable, made from legally harvested wood from well-managed sustainable sources including FSC, PEFCTM and other regionally certified woods.

We can ensure, with our use of materials, your front door will stand the test of time – even throughout the harshest weather conditions. Our use of timber guarantees your front door will last at least three times as long as any other tropical hardwoods and materials.

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Our Process

We would love the opportunity to come and visit you at your property, arranging a time and date that is convenient for you. During the visit, we can take a look at the door in question and discuss the project with you. We’ll provide you with a price quotation and also talk you through the process.

Please, contact us to make an appointment or ask any questions you may have.

Does Your Home Show Your True Colours?

With a brand new year (and decade!), you might be considering a transition in look and style. And maybe, that starts with your period front door.

According to Brie Dyas (House Beautiful, 2015), ‘Your door is a portal to your personality, not just your house.’

We agree! We thought it might be fun to delve into the world of colours and break down the meaning behind the paint job – particularly useful if you’re struggling to find inspiration for your palette this year, or if you’re looking to convey a different message. It’s a new year, new you!

Blue

Being one of the most popular door colours of 2019, it’s intriguing to know the overall feel and meaning behind the colour. A blue front door suggests a form of zen behind the scenes, with the homeowner having successfully produced a place of refuge, serenity and relaxation.

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Red

Unlike blue, red offers a more powerful and bold impact. Immediately your eyes turn to the door and creates a lively and energetic feel. Red is also known as the ‘colour of passion’, so perhaps it’s the perfect style for more passionate homeowners with a bit of quirk in their step.

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Green

Green is another popular colour, gradually popping up across London and other major UK cities. Psychologically, green produces an overall feeling of harmony, good health and a sense of tranquillity in the home.

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Yellow

People with yellow front doors are thought to be genuine rays of sunshine, for obvious reasons. Being a bolder and brighter colour, yellow is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea. However, homeowners with yellow doors are thought to be the happiest and most welcoming hosts. If you’re looking to create an enjoyable atmosphere and make guests feel immediately comfortable and at home, why not consider it?

Black

Black is an absolute classic when it comes to london front door colours, communicating a sense of sophistication and elegance. It also exhibits power, strength, sophistication and authority, indicating to passers-by that the home is under the ownership of someone with substance and assuredness. It’s no coincidence that some of the most famous doors in London are painted black. For example, 10 Downing Street!

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Brown

Natural and traditional, a brown door indicates a sense of warmth, stability and reliability. If you’re looking to create a cosy ‘Honey, I’m home’ look, why not consider the more natural and organic, whether you opt for more natural lighter wood, or prefer a darker stained wood to create an edgier and rustic appearance.

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When it comes to new front door colours, the possibilities are endless. It’s quite likely that the colour you have selected for your front door exhibits the way you want people to look at your house, because it’s a way of making them understand just what the place is all about! But, if you’re ready for a change, or want to create a different feel about your home, a good idea would be to consider some much-loved TLC when it comes to your front door.

 

2020, The Perfect Time To Go Back To Georgian?

To get the very best out of your Bespoke Front Door design project, it’s always a good idea to study various designs and consider both their strength and aesthetic style. This will help you decide the kind of look and style you’re going for. Taking a look at period front door designs is always a good option, since they represent the history of London front doors, while also offering great vintage designs.

One of the most popular front door designs with Londoners, both today and before, are the ones found in the Georgian era, from the early 1700s through to the late 1830s.

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A Brief History

It was during the early 1700s that the Georgian Front Doors began to get popular in Dublin, Ireland. With Dublin rising to become one of the most prosperous and prominent cities in all of the British Empire, the residents of this region began to build beautiful and elegant be Georgian houses, and what followed was the development of the Early Georgian Front Door, which became widespread across the entirety of the UK, including London.

Typically, before this, London doors consisted of columns of panels that were vertically arranged – with divisions into smaller square panels being common as well. By the mid-17th century, fashionable London doors sported two vertical columns of panels which were often further divided into smaller square or rectangular panels.

Inspired by the ‘panel-look’ of the previous century, Georgian joiners and carpenters chose to build on the style and enhance it as they saw necessary. They would do so by combining the latest fashions with older and more traditional methods of design.

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Georgian front doors were solid, heavy and consisted of six panels each. They often weighed around 30kg each. It was during this era that internal doors (panelled as well as carved) began to emerge as popular and were common especially in the bigger houses. In grander houses, the doors on the main floors were often double doors with ornate door handles and bell rings.

Today

From the 18th Century, all the way to 2020 – the Early Georgian Front Door style still happens to be quite popular with house owners all across the UK, and it’s easy to see why. In fact, one of the most famous front doors in the UK – 10 Downing Street – happens to be an early Georgian front door, famous for its all-black attire. In black, Georgian doors are serious and sombre, and anyone walking through them will be met with a healthy dose of gravitas. This look synchronizes beautifully with the architecture and adds that extra layer of class and grandeur to the finishing of your house.

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It’s got to be said that Georgian front doors are absolute classics, offering a unique and sophisticated look for your home. Whether you plan to coat the panels in bright and quirky colours or stick to sporting traditional dark colours, the overall style and charm of a Georgian door will enhance your home with some serious curb appeal.

Black Doors: Classic, Stylish, Timeless

They say you ‘can’t go wrong with a little black dress’, and it seems to be the same attitude for doors! Kind of.

With the new year comes plenty of change, and many of our clients are on the verge of ‘back to black’. And why wouldn’t they? Black is a classic and sophisticated style for any front door, offering increased curb appeal and practicality.

Let’s explore some of the overall benefits and bonuses of a black door, as well as some of the most famous and iconic doors in London today.

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Why Black?

Often, the colour of your new London front door will be dependent on many factors from the material you choose, the style of your property and the colour of the properties of other features. However, with black, everything ties in perfectly. In fact, Ideal Home research showed black front doors ranked 4th on their list of the ‘most popular colours’, and it’s easy to see why.

Black doors are especially popular on Georgian townhouses as they offer a traditional and timeless look. They also portray power and authority.

Famous Black Doors

One of the most famous doors of all time is, of course, 10 Downing Street, where the current Prime Minister resides and works.

The black paint, amongst the dark brick on the exterior of the house has become iconic for its traditional appearance and has remained black in colour since 1916 – when Liberal Prime Minister Herbert Henry Asquith no longer served the country and the door was painted black instead of green. Today, the door is coated in a high-gloss paint to keep it shiny all year round – and to keep it looking its best for the cameras and constant tourists!

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The door also features other classic decor, including a black iron knocker in the shape of a lion’s head, a replica of the letterbox which was destroyed in 1991, and a doorman on the inside to always be available to open it because the door cannot be opened from the outside.

Another would be the residence of our favourite fictional pipe-smoking detective Sherlock Holmes. The fictional home is located at 221B Baker Street, which today, has been transformed into a Sherlock Holmes museum behind the classic black front door. It’s the perfect tourist spot for fans of the original novels.

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Practicality

We have already stated how a black door can add curb appeal to your home, especially if you’re thinking about having your home valued or if you’re selling up. Black against white brick creates a clean and fresh feel, complementing other features of the windows and brickwork. Black against grey creates a modern and contemporary feel. And, as you know, first impressions are also the last!

Black doors are also super easy to maintain. Marks, scuffs and general wear and tear won’t be as noticeable, compared to white or grey doors. In fact, combine this with an easy-to-maintain uPVC and you’ll have a front door you can be proud of all year round!

Our Recommended Annual Checks

No matter the material it’s made from, or the top-notch quality, it’s hard to protect your wooden front door for the everyday hardships of bad weather and general wear-and-tear. To get the most out of your Victorian door, and to ensure they’re well-maintained for years to come, we recommend going through a basic annual check. And could there be a better time, at the start of a brand new year? Especially after soldiering through the last few months of rain, sleet and snow!

Ask yourself…

Are there any leaks?

This may seem obvious, but often gets overlooked. It’s important to check your London front door for general weather tightness, the main factor being leaks. If your door is letting in water, you may notice some dampness around the frame of the door or the walls that surround it. If there is, it may be time to replace the weather seals to prevent mould growth. These issues only get worse, so act now before a brand new door may be needed.

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Are there any gaps?
Similarly, you may find there are excess gaps surrounding your door or the frame itself. Again, if weather seals are wearing down, it may cause moisture to enter your home, as well as draughts and noise.

Is the weather bar still secure?

Beneath any front door, you’ll notice a strip of wood, or sometimes metal, across the bottom of your door. This provides protection against outdoor elements such as bad weather. It’s important to make sure this strip is still secure and sealed to avoid moisture getting into your home.

Any problems opening/closing?

You might have noticed your door is sticking or dragging as the years go on. This is common and happens with plenty of use as the screws work themselves loose. The first thing we’d recommend checking is the hinges.

Victorian front doors

It could simply be that the door has ‘dropped’ and it requires some slight adjustment. We recommend tightening the screws with a screwdriver to fix this. However, sometimes with excess moisture, doors can become warped. Wooden doors tend to ‘swell’ when wet, and ‘shrinks’ again when dry.

Any problems locking/unlocking?

Throughout years of use, you may have noticed that the lock action sometimes sticks. A sticky lock can sometimes be caused by the door itself. Try testing your keys when the door is open and again when it is closed and compare. If it works fine with the door open, the door could be the issue. If not, you may be in need of a new lock.

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Is it time for a re-finish?

Despite our doors being made from quality Accoya wood and lasting typically twice as long, even in the harshest weather environments, we still recommend keeping an eye of the general look and feel of your door. It’s important to look out for signs of cracking or peeling. If you spot some, it may be time for a refinish to protect your door from the effects of harsh winter weather.

 

New Year, New Projects!!! Reasons to Replace Your Front Door For 2020

Some doors close, others open, and many of us go the extra mile and decide to buy a brand new one! But hey, it’s not only a new year but also a new decade, making it the perfect time for fresh starts and brand new projects!

Here are six inspiring reasons you should consider a new front door in 2020.

1. First Impressions

Maybe you’re not quite finished with your festive partying, or perhaps family and friends are still in town and planning a visit. What better warm welcome is there than a brand new door to enhance the main entrance?

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2. Curb Appeal

For those homeowners who are itching for a new start this year and planning to sell up, it’s been said that a stylish and well-kept front door adds thousands to your overall retail value.

As reported in the Daily Mail just a few months ago, John Kingston, of online estate agents Yopa, said: ‘First impressions count when it comes to selling your home. Make sure you have a freshly painted front door and any glass in it is clean’.

It’s seriously a move to consider if you’re making reservations with the property ladder.

3. Cut Those Energy Bills

With a new year comes a very chilly January, so why not get ahead of the game and replace your front door with something more thermally efficient. Our made-to-measure bespoke front doors are the perfect fit to eliminate draughts and block out the cold.

4. Reduce The Maintenance

If your current Victorian front door requires some effort to maintain, either through endless coats of paint or regular finishing, why not make your life a little easier over the next several years?

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Our Accoya doors maintain quality and hold colour twice as long as other tropical hardwoods, making them not only a cost-effective choice, but also a life-saver for time-efficiency.

5. Going Green?

If you’ve been promising some eco-friendly changes, why not use the new year as the perfect opportunity to make them?

As mentioned previously, our doors are made from Accoya wood – a non-toxic and 100% recyclable wood, comprised sustainable sources including FSC, PEFCTM and other regionally certified woods. Not only that, the entire manufacturing process is non-toxic in which nothing is added to the wood that does not already naturally occur in it.

Therefore, not only does Accoya wood protect the environment from the harmful effects of common treatments during its life, but it can also be safely reused, recycled and incinerated when no longer required.

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6. Bliss

If you live in a busy area, near main roads, close to attractions, or next door to noisy neighbours, you may be considering making some structural changes to your home. Did you know, a solid, double-glazed front door is a great way to keep out the noise?

Create some bliss for you and the family this year with some peace, quiet, extra security, and last but not least, style.