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Front door styles: why wider doors are becoming more popular

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, January 12, 2016

As home design evolves and changes wider doors, windows, and more space in the home makes the home look more inviting and can make those in the home much more comfortable. By creating space in entryways and windows you can also give more space to the home and make it easier to decorate maneuver in the home. When designing a home making sure that it functions well for your family is paramount. Be sure when making entryways wider you can help anyone feel invited and welcomed to your home.


Accessibility for All


Part of the reason wider doors are becoming more popular because it is easier for those in wheelchairs to maneuver in and out of their homes with wider doorways. It also makes it easier for their family members or caretakers so they no longer need to first bring the person into the home and then their wheelchair.


Elegant and Inviting


Wider doors appear more inviting and can make the home seem more spacious and expansive even if that is not the case. Some of the best things to do with wider doors is to paint them a bold color to make them pop in contrast to the rest of the house. I will also help draw the eye to the entryway and help guest who are coming to your home know exactly where to go. Make sure the door does flow well with the rest of your home. This way if you have a small, cozy home you won’t have a large, baroque door clashing.


If you decide to install a larger door be sure to invest in a sturdy mold around the doorway and durable door hitches so it will not lean or bend with time.




If you live in an area with extreme weather a wider, tougher door can help keep heat in and the weather out of your home. Thicker, sturdier doors will help you keep your home’s temperature regulated. With a thicker doorway, when it is closed the door will not allow cool or warm air out of your home as easily as a thinner or glass door.


If you think a wider door is a good idea for your home be sure to research the process well and decide on what contractor you will want to hire if you need to widen the doorway. While it may seem rather elementary, widening a doorway takes thought, time, and patience. Be sure you have plenty of each even if you are not the one installing it.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com