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Designing Your Front Entryway

The month of May is National Remodeling Month making it the perfect time to think about remodeling your home. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) has put together some great advice for homeowners looking to start remodeling projects of all sizes. Topping the list are some easy and affordable ways to give your home curb appeal. You can start with remodeling your home's exterior by giving it a fresh coat of paint, new window trim or at the very least a new front entry door.

Finding the right entry door to complement your home is easy, since most door manufacturers offer many product lines designed to complement specific architectural styles, such as Craftsman, Traditional, Old World, European and Southwestern.

Therma-Tru® Classic-Craft Oak Collection™ fiberglass doors create a stunning first impression with deep oak grain detail and long lasting beauty and performance. Average cost $700-$1,200.

One of the hottest design trends is adding a touch of decorative glass to your entryway. Glass adds value to your home, brightens your entry and allows you to create an entryway that reflects your personal taste and complements the architectural style of your home. Aside from creating a unique and dramatic entrance to your new home, glass provides many green elements — like conserving heat and energy.

Popular glass options include painted glass with custom designs to complement your home's exterior, half-round transoms above-the-door and glass sidelights with internal blinds. The half-round transoms are particularly popular because of the growing trend to have higher ceilings and a grand entrance. No matter what style you choose, if you're using glass be sure it's impact rated glass to add privacy and security.

Create a grand entrance with Therma-Tru® Classic-Craft American Collection™ fiberglass doors. The doors in this collection complement many popular home styles, including Arts and Crafts, Bungalow, Cottage, Craftsman and Traditional and are available in 8-foot doors. Average cost $700-$1,200.

Not only are entryways getting wider, but taller. Most architects and designers are making ceilings a lot higher to maximize natural light and space and increase depth and dimension. This is particularly true with the entryway and foyer. To accommodate this trend, door manufacturers are making doors that range from 8' to 10 feet (a standard door height is 82").

Another important element is choosing a front door, which will add architectural authenticity to your new home. A key to achieving this authenticity is choosing the right decorative accent hardware, like strap hinges and clavos in brass, nickel, bronze and chrome finish. Today's lockset is designed to complement the accent hardware, but don't just go for style. Your lockset is critical to your home's safety. You should check its locking system for additional safety features and be sure it is corrosion resistant.

Once you've decided on style and safety, it's time to see how your entry door will perform against "mother nature" and the daily use and abuse of opening and shutting. Performance usually refers to the quality of the design and construction of the door and its components to withstand harsh weather conditions and eliminate air and water infiltration.

Now that you have decided on the look and style of your entry door, it should be easy to find complementary patio doors and garage doors to add to your home's overall design and curb appeal.

Design Tip
Making your garage door look like your entry doors is a great way to create harmony between them. Select models of Wayne-Dalton® garage doors like the Model 9800 use the AccuGrain™ technology from Therma-Tru® to artfully mold a wood-grain fiberglass surface over its steel construction so you can easily coordinate the color of your garage door with a Therma-Tru® fiberglass door.