Add a contemporary front door to your house to create a striking entrance.
Updating your front door is the perfect opportunity to improve your home’s kerb appeal. The entrance to your home is the first thing that visitors will see, so it’s also the chance to make a great first impression by opting for a modern design that can turn an ordinary facade into a contemporary exterior with instant appeal.
‘When selecting a contemporary front door, you should choose a design that will complement and enhance the style of your home,’ says James Cadman, managing director of timber door specialist JB Kind. ‘Go for a style that will suit the exterior materials of your property. For example, if you have modern uPVC cladding, you should opt for a striking modern-style timber door as a focal point. If you have real stone walls, a traditional timber door will give a natural look.’
‘Timber and aluminium are the materials of choice for contemporary-style houses,’ says Matt Higgs, sales director at bespoke door specialist Klöeber. ‘Anthracite grey gives a very modern feel and works with everything from red brick or timber cladding to light-coloured renders.’
Before finalising your design, consider the space, glazing and overall look of the door. It’s also always advisable to look at a working model before buying. ‘To bring extra light into the interior space, it’s a good idea to think about incorporating a wider door with a glazed panel,’ adds Matt Higgs. ‘Consider a contemporary-style double door to open up larger spaces.’
It’s also important to check the door’s insulation capabilities, which are usually listed with the product. ‘A well-insulated front door could reduce the carbon footprint of your home and lower your energy bills,’ says James Cadman. ‘To comply with Part L of the building regulations, which deals with the conservation of fuel and power, you should aim for a U-value of less than 1.8W/m²K.’
The latest door designs
1 FunkyFront contemporary entrance door, in Anthracite Grey, based on door style Hamburg 1 and frame style 51, (H)210x(W)178.3x (D)5.7cm. Offering a U-value as low as 1.1W/m²K, It is made from solid engineered hardwood and costs from £4,038, Klöeber.
2 Therm-L Cognac exterior door, in oak veneer, with a solid engineered core incorporating an insulating barrier, JB Kind. The design offers a U-value of 1.5W/m²K, and measures (H)198.1x (W)83.8x(D)4.4cm with a Rhone sidelight, as shown, £453.60.
3 Bespoke Ecodora Mirea entrance door in green/grey, made from insulated aluminium and glass, from £3,000, Sunfold Systems. Depending on size, the door offers U-values between 1.2W/m²K and 1.4W/m²K.
4 Leeds Castle composite door set in white, from £788 for (H)208.6x(W)85.4x (D)4.4cm, Jeld-Wen. Composite door sets provide U-values as low as 1.0W/m²K.
All prices and stockists correct at time of publishing.