There is an old Italian tradition about red front doors; they are said to bring good luck to the home. The front door to your house or condo is basically the first impression of the home, even though we may not realize it. The mood that is set by the door when you see it for the first time does affect how you feel walking through it. If you consider that, then you might say that front doors are incredibly important. So what does your front door say about your home? Does it send the message that you want it to send?
Of course the aesthetics of your house will improve if you decide to get some new siding windows, or doors installed. But more importantly you can improve the function and energy efficiency of your home with these door and window upgrades. You would be amazed at how much heat can be lost through loose door enclosures and old ill-fitting windows. Even siding can help with the entrapment of heat in the winter. If siding is not installed correctly, or sometimes haphazardly placed over old siding, cold air can get trapped in the empty pockets and cause pipes to freeze or rooms to feel colder than they should. Just as the door serves as the first impression, the siding gives a particular feel to the entire home. Warmth can be given by warmer shades like browns or reds and messages of tranquility can be given by cooler shades like blues or greens. Replacement windows, doors, or siding can be done affordably and effectively.
Do you have a patio or back yard area with an entrance that is less than exciting? You can spruce up this area as well as the front with new sliding doors or french doors while maintaining a functional space. Sliders can save space and still look great, while french doors give a bold and classical statement while requiring a little more room to function. Either way, they can give a renewed sense to the entrance. These doors are also effective in allowing the sunlight to get through to warm up the room while keeping out the cold air. These options can also come with built-in blinds or shades to make control of the heat and light very simple. Custom doors are also an option if you are looking for something more bold. There are plenty of patterns and styles to build on so that you can make it your own unique style. Doors are not simply just ways to get into one room from another, they are part of the fashion and functionality of the house and/or room. You can live like the Italians and paint your front door red to welcome others into your home and bring good luck to all who pass through. You can also model your house off of the traditional carved doors from Stone Town, Zanzibar. Large wooden doors with hand carved designs are incredibly welcoming and beautiful. Or, you can keep it simple with a thick white door with a small window on top to let people know you like your house clean and simple just like your mind.