A remodel story: Doors and more doors
By Lisa Nicklanovich; courtesy photos
“I didn’t know doors could make me so excited!” exclaimed resident Camille Pocock. The Pocock family had all 22 interior doors in their house replaced with a beveled Shaker-style door with aged bronze handles and hinges. “The doors are sturdier than the builder-grade doors, and I was surprised how it changed the whole look of my house,” Camille shared.
Doors are on nearly every wall of our homes and they are used daily. They are visually important because of the sheer number of them; putting 22 of anything up in a home would make an impression.
Camille said her door company digitally measured every single doorway, which makes a precise measurement since settling over time can warp frames and doors. The doors were milled and painted off-site, so there was no sawdust or paint mess during installation – which Camille said took three to four hours total.
In addition to the beveled Shaker-style door the Pococks chose, two-panel doors that are squared or arched are the most popular choices for interior doors right now. Often homeowners will choose to put a panel of glass, either clear or with privacy glass, on an office, coat closet or pantry door for light and aesthetics.
Privacy glass is also an option for a front door. Residents Dave and Anna Hanley replaced their front door, which made a big impact on their curb appeal. The new glass-paneled front door is taller than the previous solid door, which had a clear glass-paneled archway above it as well as clear glass side panels. Installation required squaring off the brickwork around the new door, but Dave and Anna are happy with the result. The new door and side windows provide more thermal protection from the weather and let light in but still provide privacy with the decorative glass. “It’s gorgeous from the inside!” Dave said.
Village at Castle Pines residents Michelle and Alan Hoover solved an issue familiar to many in this area; the builders left an arched opening between the master bedroom and the master bath without a door. After looking at hundreds of doors online to find the right solution, the Hoovers had a custom barn door installed with handles on both sides. The Hoovers are pleased with the end result. In addition to providing privacy and blocking the light of an early riser, the sliding door also complements their decor. “We liked the color variety in the door, which provides interest on a blank wall and also complements the colors in the carpet and the wood trim around the windows,” Alan said.