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First impressions - From curb appeal to security, your front door matters

First impressions – From curb appeal to security, your front door matters

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First impressions – From curb appeal to security, your front door matters

Before owning a house, I didn’t think much about a home’s front door. But, during our home inspection, there were some slight concerns about the quality of the door. As renovations always seem to hurl you down a slippery slope and since we were planning on replacing our front tile, we decided we might as well simultaneously replace our front door.

The main reasons we chose to replace our front door:

  1. SECURITY. Due to it not being correctly installed, the latches were coming out from the frame, making it easier to be opened by a potential intruder.
  2. AESTHETICS. We didn’t like one significant non-changeable aspect of the door, specifically the oval glass with a decorative motif.
  3. EFFICIENCY. Because of the poor installation, it also meant it wasn’t efficient at keeping the cold air out (and who wants higher bills?). Not to mention it even let in rainwater!

BEFORE
BEFORE

AFTER
AFTER

Like any home decision that involves both function and style, this choice wasn’t so simple. The siding of our home is board and batten in a blue-grey shade (a colour we aren’t sure we’re keeping). With this in mind, we wanted to select a door that would work with the current colour, but also with our long term vision. Then there was the security and efficiency aspect. We both liked the look of a wood door, but during our research, we learned wood doors are not the most energy-efficient, are harder to maintain and tend to be quite expensive. The good news was a fibreglass door with a wood-grain effect would check off all our boxes in terms of efficiency and style.

Schlage | Schlage.com
Schlage | Schlage.com

To fully complete the transformation, we also decided to replace the door’s casing and needed to select a new handle. Thanks to Pinterest, we found a door we loved and a casing to match. Our pick? A craftsman-style door with a six-lite window pane and modern craftsman casing. This was a project we knew required a professional, so we asked for recommendations and went with Mario’s Windows & Doors.

Before we could get a quote, owner and installer Mario Lambert needed to come by to measure and assess. The bad news was the door wasn’t just poorly installed in the frame, it was set too far forward by a foot, causing the door to scrape along the side every time it opened and closed. Such a major change in positioning was another reason why the door needed to be installed before the tiles.

Mastergrain | Mastergrain.com
Mastergrain | Mastergrain.com

We shared our visual references from Pinterest, and he came back with pricing, wood-grain colours and handle options. In the end, we selected a fibreglass door from MasterGrain, with a Douglas Fir grain effect in the shade called Early American. For the handles, we went more transitional (traditional/contemporary) with Addison on the exterior and Pemberly on the interior, both in matte black and by Schlage. The casing also went from wood (that happened to be rotting) to durable PVC.

Overall we can’t believe what an impact the door makes on our home’s exterior. It not only looks much better, but it opens and closes smoothly. There are still a lot of things we want to do with our exterior (including take out the second-floor door and do a wrap-around balcony), but for now, we think we’ve boosted our home’s first impression in the neighbourhood.

A writer and editor for more than a decade, Stephanie Gray has covered everything from luxury travel to modern parenting challenges.

Her work has been featured in publications including Glamour, Elle Canada and Best Health.

She recently bought a century-old home north of Toronto, in need of updates, which she’s taking on with her husband (and toddler in tow).


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3 Exterior Home Renovations to Tackle in Spring

3 exterior home renovations to tackle in spring

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3 exterior home renovations to tackle in spring

With spring just around the corner, it’s only natural to start taking a look at the exterior of your home, investigating how everything held up over the winter months so you can formulate a plan for any renovations you may want to do come spring. Whether your renovations are to improve curb appeal, to modernise the look of your home, or as part of a repair, before you know it the “to do” list can spiral out of control. So, before you start feeling too overwhelmed, here are three exterior home renovations that could be well worth tackling this spring.

Replace the eavestroughs

One item that homeowners don’t often pay much mind to is their eavestroughs. They tend to blend in with the home and get forgotten about, that is until there is an issue with them. Blockages, clogs, and damage can occur over time which then affects water drainage from your roof and away from your foundation. The last thing you want to do is be dealing with water damage inside the home, so ensuring drainage is performing as intended is always top of the list.

Replacing or repairing your eavestroughs means that you can be guaranteed you have no leaks, it will look modern and fresh, and you can even opt for the seam-free models for a sleeker look. Eavestroughing @ Big 5 Exteriors has taken this no-seam approach, which is something that many homeowners seem to be showing an interest in.

If you’re unsure of whether or not your eavestroughs needs repairs or replacing, it’s always best to call a professional and have them climb up to take a look.

Give your garden some TLC

Another renovation worth tackling in the spring is your current garden design. Whether you would consider yours to be sparse or it’s a more mature garden, there is always work to be done. That’s the thing about gardens, there is no such thing as a complete garden. Each year things will grow and change, which means tweaking on your end.

A great place to start is with some basic grooming, which can include trimming back overgrown hedges, bushes, and trees; topping off gardens with fresh soil and mulch so they will be healthy; pruning perennials so they grow to the shape and size you desire; splitting up perennials that have become overgrown for their space (you can then plant that split off segment elsewhere); creating an all-new garden; and of course, adding to your current garden with new annuals and perennials.

Just be sure when shopping for items to plant you are conscious of your soil and light conditions.

Give your front door a pop of interest

For those people who don’t want to take on a massive project but are still looking for impact, a quick and relatively simple plan is to give your front door a fresh coat of paint. This is your chance to change up the colour and give it that pop it had been missing. Your front door colour is actually a great way to set your home apart from the others.

No matter which of these projects you add to your “to-do” list, you can expect some fabulous results.


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