Our classic entry doors feature traditional, symmetrical designs. Sometimes it’s best to keep things simple, but that doesn’t mean your door has to be plain. Our classic collection is full of Shaker and Craftsman style doors with multiple panel style options. We also have Mid-Century Modern designs suitable for more modern homes. Let’s be real: a front door isn’t necessarily the best place for chasing design trends. It’s the face you show the world. It makes a powerful first impression for every guest and friend who crosses the threshold. You might as well choose a front door that’s timeless.
One of the things that set our entry doors apart is how many wood species we offer. From American classics like White Oak, Cherry, and Ash, to exotic options like Bubinga and Padauk, we have a wide variety of options. This enables you to customize the door for your home.
Inswing and outswing for exterior doors refers to whether the door swings into the home or outside. It’s more straightforward to figure out inswing/outswing for entry doors. Stand in your entryway and determine if you want the door to swing into the home or to the outside. That’s it—you’ve chosen your door swing direction.
However, we recommend inswing for front doors. Why? When a door is an inswing door, the hinges are mounted on the inside of the house. This means that they’re protected from the elements. So you’ll have more finish options to choose from for your hinges. If you choose an outswing exterior door, you’ll need to get hinges that can stand up to the weather, which are usually more expensive than interior hinges. If you live in a coastal environment, you’ll need stainless steel hinges to guard against corrosion.
Stand in the door opening with your back to where the hinges will be. Then pretend that either arm is the door. If you want the door to swing to your right hand side from that position, then it is a right hand door. If you want the door to swing to your left, then it is a left hand door.
If you are not sure about this, please give us a call before making your order, as we can walk you through it over the phone to make sure it’s right.
There are two configurations for door hinge placement: American and European. In the American hinge style, hinges are spaced equal lengths apart, typically with one hinge at the top, one in the center, and one on the bottom. The European hinge style has two (or three) hinges closer together towards the top of the door, and one on the bottom. While many people prefer the symmetry of American hinge placement, we recommend European placement. This is because gravity pulls on the top of the door the hardest. Weighting the hinges towards the top prevents sagging that commonly happens with American hinge placement. With European hinge placement, your door will look good for longer.