"There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors." - Jim Morrison
Granted he was not talking about architecture, but the quote works. The front door is the main entry, the gateway to a home. Often facing the street, it is typically the first thing you notice, walk up to, touch and experience. You know where you're coming from, but the front door can set expectations as to what is to come inside.
Setting aside the basics that a door must provide weather protection and security, here we focus on the aesthetics of what a door might represent. A door's color, material, and construction can affect your first experience with a home. It can invite access or deter entry, provide privacy or bring light into a dark entry.
A bold color painted on a solid wood door adds personality. Bright colors add levity. A flush panel door is clean and modern. A plank or panel door, such as the Vashon Residence's vertical slat door by Rogue Valley, add stability and strength in higher exposure areas.
A door fabricated from materials such as metal or stained wood can add textural interest and warmth. The Woodway Residence's two toned bronze door is a solid exterior wood door clad on both sides with a metal "skin." The door was designed by us and fabricated by local artisan, Doug French of The Tinman. Doug deftly hammered the metal to create a seemingly random pattern so that when patina was applied, the toning would pick up the light differently creating a mottled effect. The wood slat door of the Concrete House contrasts the hardness of the concrete. The pine clad door of the Orcas House contrasts with the adjacent grey Hardi plank siding.
In Seattle's frequently damp climate, an awning, canopy or recessed entry provides necessary protection from the elements. These design elements also add a layer of depth to what might otherwise be a flat facade and help with way-finding.