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Old 08-15-2012, 02:39 AM   #2
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Choosing Front Doors and Windows
Whether building an entirely new home or renovating an existing property, it can often seem like there are an endless amount of considerations. As a result, the more functional elements of a property, such as the windows and doors can sometimes be overlooked in favour of other more structural architectural aspects of the project.
However, seemingly less significant aspects of a house such as windows and doors, if thought through and invested in, can dramatically alter the property's appearance and help to increase its value. In fact, it has been said that 'when you open a front door, it's like shaking hands with the house' with all the first impression implications that has. With this in mind, there are then, several factors that anyone involved in the renovation of a property's exterior should consider:
Colour
One of the first considerations when selecting new doors is often the colour. Although it depends on the type of property and the style of the home, it can often be tempting to choose a bold and contemporary colour for a front door. However, think about how it fits with the overall theme of the house, and whether it will affect the value of the home, should it come to selling the property. As a rule of thumb, traditional colours such as varnished wood, whites and blacks tend to be more popular for front doors than bold reds, greens or blues.
It also follows from this that if changing both the windows and doors, then it is important to consider how these complement each other. Many choose to match windows and doors by using the same or very similar colours, however it is still possible to use contrasting colours to make more of a statement. In fact, painted woodwork is making somewhat of a comeback at the moment - particularly subtle greens and greys.
However,Windows XP Professional x64 Product Activation Key, as with any major element of the property, maintenance will be required. If a high-quality material has been used at the outset then maintenance should be kept to a minimum, often a regular clean and a simple repaint every 6-10 years is ample.
Style
On first impressions it may seem that doors and windows are all fairly similar in style but subtle variations in the box framework, angularity of cills, hinges and ironmongery and indeed the recess from the face of the brickwork, all create different shadows and depth. There are some basic rules of thumb such as, where possible, match the style of windows and doors to the property, for example an Edwardian property will most probably suit a heritage box sash window with Edwardian finishing. Similarly, when it comes to doors, modern properties often suit a double-fronted door, which helps add grandeur to the property.
If in doubt about the most suitable type,vista home premium activation key online, it is best to consult with a reputable designer who should be able to offer advice on what will and won't suit a property - especially if proportion and design are important to the maintaining the integrity of a period property.
Finishing touches
The finishing touches of a door can also make a huge difference to its overall appearance. This means it is just as important to consider the door furniture (hardware) as it is its colour. Traditional style doors often suit brass finishes, whereas chrome tends to be the material of choice for contemporary door styles. There are now a whole range of other finishes available too such as brass bronze, satin chrome. satin nickel etc. so any discerning homeowner will familiarise themselves with the newest products on the market before making their selection. And any reputable manufacturer will also be able to offer advice on the best security features for the property too.
Finally a word to the wise: listed buildings, or properties in a conservation area may require permission before any dramatic change takes place, so ensure this has been researched to avoid any costly mistakes.
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