How to inspect your old door frame.

If you are planning to buy a new Bespoke front door and think your old frame is still in good condition you can check this in 3 easy steps:

a. Check the frame for rot. Use a house key (not a screw driver or chisel, these are too sharp) to poke the cill and the bottom of the frame verticals. You are looking for soft timber. If you find soft timber then the frame is rotten and needs to be replaced.

b. Use a spirit level and tape measure to find out if the frame is square. Most frames are not square. If the verticals are more than 20mm off the vertical line then a new frame is required. If the head or the cill are more than 25mm off the horizontal line then a new frame is required. If the head or the cill are not level then you must tell the customer that the door will not look straight at the top or the bottom, but there is nothing you can do to change this unless you change the frame.

c. Check the frame for cracks/ splits. These can be caused by a break-in in the past. If there are splits around the hinges then the new hinges won’t carry the door and the door might drop. This means the frame must be replaced. If there are splits around the locks then the door may not be as secure and the frame might need to be replaced. If the splits around a lock keep are small, then a London bar might help to re-inforce the frame and the old frame could be kept.

When your frame pass all tests you can buy your dream period front door I our online shop at https://www.bespokefrontdoor.com/doors

In Or Out?

Open in or open out? Hinges on the left, latch on the right? The direction your door opens/swings raise more questions than you’d think. We take our doors for granted but when it comes to replacing them, we are forced to consider all sorts of questions and answers that can make us even more confused.

 

Take front doors. Traditionally, Australian doors follow the British model, and open inwards. But why is this?

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For a front door, the convention is that they open into the building simply because it’s not very welcoming to push the door into your visitor’s face – forcing them to retreat – before you’ve even said “Hello!”. Back doors and garden doors, on the other hand, generally open outwards. However, when you look at it from a security point of view, an outward-opening door is more secure than the conventional, making it very difficult for intruders to prize open or force their weight to get the door open.

 

So which is the correct way?

 

At Bespoke Front Door, we favour the conventional in welcoming guests into your home with an outward-opening door, but with top-quality locks for extra security.

 

When you think about it, living in London, in our climate, it’s unlikely that our garden doors and windows are open every day – especially throughout winter months. So, if they were designed to open inwards, we might find ourselves having to rearrange our living space furniture each time we wish to open up.

 

Another argument for having front doors opening inward is that in extreme weather events a build-up of snow outside could trap residents inside their house.

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Double Doors

 

With pairs of doors, there is an additional question: which door should have the handle on it and therefore open first? The majority of humans are right-handed and therefore most pairs have the right-hander opening first and away from you – but, remember, that’s the ‘left-hander’ opening towards you when you’re approaching from the other side.

 

After that, you’d think that deciding the door swing for internal room doors would be easy. Doors off a hallway generally open inwards for the simple practical reason of avoiding blocking the gangway. The only exceptions are doors to walk-in storage cupboards. These generally open out into the hallway and this is seldom a problem since they are kept shut most of the time.

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Public vs Private

 

Add to the confusion the different standards for public buildings, where you’ll find most doors open outwards, which is a safety measure in case a busy building needs to be evacuated quickly. Crowd pressure on an inward-facing door can prevent it from opening at all, so a simple push-out door is the easiest emergency exit.

 

So, with good points on both sides, the debate on inside or outside-opening front doors doesn’t look like being resolved any time soon. However, style and technology have moved on and today these are not your only options. Consider other styles of doors, such as sliding glass doors or extra security when it comes to locks and latches.

How to Maintain Your Front Door Over the Years

In many ways, the Victorian front door of your house ends up defining it. It’s the first impression for both guests and passers-by, and it’s the lasting image that is most frequently associated with your home after leaving.

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Being the first image that comes to someone’s mind when they think of your home gives your front door a fair bit of importance. By maintaining it, you are upholding the view of your house and the way it looks. This means that you need to keep your front door looking healthy and well-cared-for, in order to maintain that curb appeal and the overall value of your house in high spirits.

 

Why Do Front Doors Lose Their Touch?

 

Whether your period front door is made from metal or wood, it’s only natural to witness natural wear and tear over the years, through its age and also poor weather conditions. You may notice that paint has started to fade or crack, coming off with the lightest of touches. You may also notice that wooden doors can begin to rot, as well as metal doors beginning to rust. Not only this, but doors also get damaged through natural use such as slamming and banging, weakening the paint and finish, or causing damage to the material underneath.

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How To Maintain Your Door

 

  1. The first thing to consider when maintaining your front door involves routinely checking it for faults. Inspect it often to see if the paint is coming off, or if you can see any rot. Similarly, if there’s some piece of the door that’s broken off or if there’s a hole in it, you will know that you need to seal it. Check-ups are the key to providing your front door with the care it needs.

 

  1. Secondly, painting and sealing your door efficiently is essential. Your door is subject to damage from water, UV rays, poor weather, and a number of other external factors. Invest in UV-blocking varnish and paint, and also quality oil to treat the wood.

 

  1. Thirdly, clean regularly. A simple solution of mild dish soap and warm water, used with a smooth cloth or sponge, is the best way to clean an exterior door. Wipe until no more dirt or dust is evident when you swipe across the surface and allow the door to dry.

 

  1. Take a closer look, if needed. For example, for older wood doors that require restoration, it’s best to take the door off the hinges, remove all the hardware, lay it across two sawhorses, and sand it down to the wood. This clears away any old paint, finish, or varnish, and allows you to see if the door has any cracks or other repair needs.

 

 

Maintaining your door and upholding the overall quality helps to preserve the image of your home in the eyes of other people and your own as well. Make time for regularly inspecting the quality of your door, and prevent damage by fixing issues as soon as you notice them.

Bespoke In: Yellow

You can add instant curb appeal by painting your front door, but yellow may not be your first consideration for a paint colour. However, it’s a fun and happy colour that radiates warmth, cheer, and is inviting to all who visit. Enjoy our favourite picks of yellow door colours to inspire creativity over the upcoming summer months.

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Why Yellow?

Yellow is one of the primary colours that is considered to be a warm and cheery colour, associated with happiness and well-being, as well as peace and strength. It’s easy to see why yellow has become the colour of choice while homeowners have spruced up their home’s entrance over lockdown!

 

“Yellow offers the warmest of welcomes for any front door” – Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director at Dulux.

 

Yellow is linked to optimism and extraversion. Guests will expect sunny rooms and cheerful decor inside. But be cautious not to splash it everywhere – yellow works great against neutral trims, panelling and brickwork, and even more alluring when couple with some natural greenery and outdoor hanging baskets.

 

Shades We Love

 

  1. Gold Yellow

This shade of yellow is the most luxurious of the bunch, adding a touch of glam to your Bespoke front door facade. We just love how it adds a pop of colour but also keeps your home’s entrance an elegant walkway, to be admired by all guests and passers-by.

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  1. Pastel Yellow

If you’re a fan of the subtle and tasteful shades of yellow, why not opt for a pastel shade? Still being sunny and vibrant, a pastel yellow shade adds a burst of colour to your front facade, without overwhelming your existing style and design.

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  1. Lemon Yellow

For the zesty, fun and creative bunch who plan to brighten up their home’s first impression. Lemon yellow is one of our favourite shades, with the ability to set your house apart from rows of similar properties with an original and eye-catching look.

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  1. Canary Yellow

Subtle and subdued it is not, but a canary yellow front door can give your home a zesty new personality. The zing of this beautiful yellow shade can liven up any tired looking home with a burst of creativity and energy. It’s the perfect choice for coupling with white trims and darker panelling/brickwork.

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  1. Sunshine Yellow

This alluring shade contrasts beautifully with the darker trims and grey walls, adding a pop of character and personality to your home. Everyone loves some sunshine, and when it’s a part of your home, it’s perfect for adding some fun factor and creating a warm welcome for guests and visitors.

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Yellow front doors pair beautifully with houses of various style, shape and period, from quaint small country cottages to contemporary new city builds. So, if you’re considering a refresh on your tired front door, go ahead and try some sunshine.

Bespoke In: Purple

Whether it’s the sophisticated shade of plum or a light heather or periwinkle shade, purple is one of the most popular growing colour choices for London front doors, especially over warm summer months, representing wealth, honour, royalty and creativity. So, if you’re thinking of brightening up your home’s entrance, here are some of our favourite shades of purple for exterior doors.

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Why Purple?

When it comes to purple, there are hundreds of shades and hues to choose from, especially with so many tone variations. It’s easy to see why it’s such a common and attractive choice to use as a front door colour, making even the most tired-looking exteriors pop with character and style. Not to mention, it makes a quick, easy and cheap update to add a big boost of curb appeal to your home.

 

If you’ve decided to refresh your facade with a purple bespoke front door, you’ll want to pick out a shade that works well with your current exterior style. Follow these tips to choose the shade for your home.

 

Shades We Love

 

  1. Plum

No other colour is quite as striking as a bold and vivid plum, and it captures the eyes of passers-by as they are instantly drawn to your vibrant facade. Not to mention, it looks stunning against any style of home, whether it’s an old traditional build or a more modern design.

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  1. Lilac

A lighter shade of purple with calming undertones, lilac offers a peaceful and tranquil feel to any home exterior. If you’re looking for a sophisticated and luxurious finish to offer timeless style that will be envied by all guests and neighbours, consider the light and delicate tones of lilac.

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  1. Grape

Be the envy of your block or neighbourhood with a bursting pop of colour to your home exterior. Grape is the new obsession, offering a chic and stylish look to any outdoor design. Being a brighter shade of purple, it’s important to consider the existing style of your home, as too many bright colours can instantly clash with a dramatic shade like grape. We recommend classic white trims and neutral brickwork and panels.

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  1. Lavender

The softest shade of purple there is, lavender creates a soothing feeling of peace, tranquillity and bliss. It’s also a great choice for spring and summer, especially coupled with gorgeous natural greenery, potted plants and hanging baskets.

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  1. Orchid

A purple orchid represents royalty, respect, admiration, and dignity. And it’s easy to see why. This bold shade makes a luxurious addition to the main entrance of your home, especially contrasted with white trims, natural greenery and neutral panel work.

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Like what you see? Purple is a luxurious and dramatic colour to work with, but before you take the plunge, imagine your home in all seasons and consider the overall look in the area you live. It’s great to stand out, but worse to look amiss.

Installing Front Door Hardware

Whether it’s time for a brand new Bespoke front door, or just an update by replacing some worn-out hardware, we’ve put together a few handy tips for when it comes to installing a new handle and lock for your door.

As well as looking fresh and clean, adding a new handle and lock system is a great way to boost curb appeal to your home, showcasing the fact it is up-to-date, well-looked after, and also safe and secure.

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To begin, it’s vital to ensure your new handles will be the perfect fit. Firstly, consider the dimensions of the backplates to ensure they’ll cover old existing holes and fixtures. Secondly, check the backset. This is the distance from the edge of the door to the centre of the borehole for the doorknob assembly. Most handles you can purchase are compatible with the two standardized backset dimensions of 2 3/8 or 2 3/4 inches.

1. Installing the Latch

Insert the new latch assembly into the existing borehole in the edge of the front door. Make sure the latch bolt is facing in the correct direction. By this we mean, the curved side of the latch bolt should be facing the strike plate on the jamb as the door is closed. Secure the latch assembly’s faceplate to the door with the screws.

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2. Joining the Handles

Align the exterior handle on the door by inserting the spindle or axle on the handle through the latch cylinder at a 90-degree angle. Then, carefully place the corresponding doorknob or lever on the interior side of the door, fitting the two parts together. It should feel slightly snug when the two parts join.

3. Deadbolts

Fit the latch bolt into the upper cross borehole, making sure the top is facing up. Then, screw the faceplate in to secure. Install the deadbolt mechanisms on the inside and outside, making sure the keyed cylinder part is on the outside of the door. The inside thumb turn should point up when unlocked, and point towards the door jamb when locked.

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4. Installing Strike Plates

Align the strike plate for the handle against the door jamb and attach using a couple of screws. Ensure that the lip of the strike plate is facing the direction in which the door opens out. Next, align the plate for the deadbolt, drill your holes, and install the strike plate to the door jamb with two screws for extra reinforcement.

5. Test

It’s vital to test your new handle and locks work correctly, or there could be danger of your house not being securely locked up if you should go out or lock-up for the night. Do some quick tests by shutting the door and checking to see if the handle sticks or binds. If it does, make sure the latch faceplate is flush with the door edge and doesn’t rub against the strike plate on the jamb. If the latch bolt isn’t properly aligned with the hole in the strike plate, remove the strike plate and use a chisel to extend the mortise in the direction needed to realign the bolt with the hole. Again, screw the plate back on and test the fit.

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Don’t be fooled!!!

Use company with 1st class Accoya timber.

We often get asked why our doors can be more expensive when compared to other companies and brands. And in order to answer this question, we decided to do some research into other products available on the market. Simply, at Bespoke Front Door, we use 1st Class Accoya, which typically has twice the value of a 2nd Class Accoya – which is the most commonly used material for other companies to offer better price. By using 1st Class Accoya, we can ensure a higher quality and longer-lasting door that withstands the test of time, throughout even the poorest weather conditions. By investing in 1st Class Accoya, you are saving money in the long-run, without the need for constant maintenance or replacement after just a few years, which is common for cheaper materials such as 2nd Class Accoya timber or MDF panels. Our priority will always be in using the best quality timber to provide the highest quality doors for our customers.

Please have a look at below pictures to compare wood quality.

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Thank you for your support and understanding,

Bespoke Front Door LTD

Top Tips For Painting Your Front Door

Sometimes, all it takes to fall in love with your home exterior all over again is a simple and inexpensive update – like a brand new coat of paint for your London front door. Whether you opt for a brand new vibrant colour, or just a fresh coat of a classic neutral, a new paint job can transform any tired-looking exterior into a beautifully vibrant facade, with instant curb appeal.

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Better yet, you don’t need an expert or any fancy skills to tackle this fun weekend-project. We’ve outlined some helpful and easy-to-follow steps to help you on your way.

 

What Do I Need?

First things first, decide on your new door colour and have the paint readily available. Once the obvious is out of the way, put aside some painter’s tape, a sponge, a block of sandpaper, paintbrushes and foam rollers, paint primer, and some semi-gloss for the perfect finish.

 

  1. Preparation

In order to achieve the perfect coat, we recommend removing the door and placing it on a table or a pair of sawhorses in the garden, if you can. By doing this, it prevents drips or runny paint marks. It also means you can remove hinges and any other hardware to avoid getting paint in the hinges.

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  1. Cleaning and Sanding

Before starting any serious work, make sure to scrub down the door and remove any dirt or grime with a wet sponge. Then, once dry, lightly sand the surface to remove any build-up. It’s important to make the surface of your door as clean and smooth as possible in order to produce a neat and even paint job.

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Once you have finished sanding, we recommend wiping down with a wet sponge once again to remove any dust. Again, leave the door to dry.

 

  1. Tape

Apply painter’s tape to all the areas of the door you want to avoid, including glass panels, letterboxes, hinges if still attached. This will help to protect those elements when it comes to painting.

 

  1. Prime

Apply the paint primer to your door using a foam roller, gradually working your way from one side of the door to the other. For trickier areas, like in between panel grooves, use a paintbrush. Allow the door to dry completely before painting.

 

  1. Painting

The next step is to start painting! Begin painting by coating the panels before heading on to the mainframe. Then, start to paint any vertical or horizontal panels with a foam roller, ensuring you get every nook and cranny. Allow to dry fully and then apply a second coat for a flawless finish.

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  1. Reinstall

After you’ve applied your paint and gloss, remove the tape and allow the door to dry. Then, you can begin reinstalling your door and attaching all the hardware. All that’s left is to enjoy your new front door colour and decorative accordingly with your personal preferences!

 

Bespoke In: Red

Whether it’s the bold classic of a fire-engine red or a subtly muted pastel, red is one of the most popular colour choices when it comes to front doors. So, if you’re thinking of livening up your home’s entrance, here are some of our favourite shades, and our top tips, on how to source out the best shades for red front doors.

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Why Red?

From scarlet, crimson, burgundy, ruby or even coral, there are hundreds of shades and hues, to choose from, and red is a colour with some seriously dramatic tone variations. It’s easy to see why it’s such a common and attractive choice to use as a front door colour, making even the most tired-looking exteriors pop with character and style. Not to mention, it makes a quick, easy and cheap update to add a big boost of curb appeal to your home.

 

If you’ve decided to refresh your facade with a red  bespoke front door, you’ll want to pick out a shade that works well with your current exterior style. Follow these tips to choose the shade for your home.

 

Shades We Love

 

  1. Candy Apple Red

This bold and vivid shade of red brings some serious curb appeal to many stylish Victorian properties across London, as well as more modern builds. The brightness of the shade boasts a creative look and is the perfect accompaniment to white trims and chrome fittings.

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  1. Cherry Red

A deeper shade of red with richer undertones, Cherry Red offers a vibrant yet moody feel to any home exterior. If you’re looking for a sophisticated and luxurious finish to offer timeless style that will be envied by all guests and neighbours, consider boasting a beautiful cherry red facade.

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  1. Burgundy

This deep and rich tone is an absolute classic, making a sophisticated and stylish transformation both quickly and easily. Bold burgundy shades also make wonderful accompaniments to vivid greenery and brickwork – therefore a superb choice for traditional Victorian properties across the capital.

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  1. Salmon

The latest trend in… pretty much everything. Salmon red/pink is a refreshing and unique shade that will complement any property style beautifully. It’s also a great choice for summertime, especially when paired with natural greenery, foliage, hanging baskets, and summer wreaths.

 

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  1. Pastel Reds

Last but not least, if you’re a fan of the more muted and subtle shades, why not opt for a pastel red? With just a delicate hue of colour, a lovely rust red or darkened coral-esque shade can make a great contrast with lighter brickwork and panelling, especially when complemented with clean white trims.

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Like what you see? Red is a fabulous and easy colour to work with, but before you take the plunge, imagine your home in all seasons and consider the overall look in the area you live. It’s great to stand out, but worse to look amiss.

 

Bespoke In: Green

In the spring, green is a top favourite amongst the designers and craftsmen at Bespoke Front Door. We just love how a green door can boast a warm welcome, as well as calm and collected vibes. In fact, green is often recommended to homeowners who are trying to enhance curb appeal in order to sell their home, resulting in an increased demand for green.

 

Having been a popular choice since the Victorian period, if you’re planning to do just one thing to enhance your home’s attractiveness, investing in a bespoke front door finished in a shade of green could be an inspired move.

 

First of all, consider the shade of green and have a think about what tone would complement the age and style of your home’s architecture and surroundings. If you’re not sure which shade of green to paint your bespoke wooden doors, our designers will be happy to help.

 

We love…

Natural Sage

Softer shades like a natural sage or mint green are great choices for the exterior of Georgia and Victorian homes, contrasting beautifully with classic brickwork or white plasterwork. You can enhance the colour even further by incorporating some natural greenery to the surroundings of your door. Think potted plants, foliage or hanging baskets.

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Dark Racing Greens

This was a classic choice back in the 18th and 19th century, making it a traditional and iconic design that is still commonly used in and around London today. It makes a lush and powerful statement to any period home, especially when complemented with timeless polished brass door furniture, or even chrome fittings if you’re looking for a more contemporary edge.

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Muted and Pastel Greens

One of our favourite shades would have to be pastel shades of green. It’s subtle, elegant and also enhances positive vibes for your home. The gentle shades of muted greens work beautifully against traditional red brickwork and also makes a smart companion for stained glass door panels.

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Olive Greens

Rich, grounded and glamorous. Olive tones are a superb choice for London townhouses in need of a more substantial and sophisticated look – especially when contrasted against iconic black and white porch tiles. Again, polished brass door furniture is a timeless choice, but chrome fittings also provide a clean and more modern appearance.

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Handpainted

All of our Bespoke front doors are handcrafted and manufactured from strong and durable, hard-wearing timber that is guaranteed for at least ten years. We use Accoya® for these properties, renowned for its longevity and durability.

 

After the design concept,  but before each project leaves our workshop, our designers professionally and flawlessly apply your chosen paint colour by hand, ensuring no brush strokes or drip marks. The combination of the timber we use and paint we apply makes for a finished door that will withstand wear, tear and the elements. When the paintwork is of such good quality, a quick wipe with a damp cloth is all the care needed to ensure your door remains ‘evergreen’.