Selecting an Entry Door Style
If you want to dramatically change the front of your house, start with your entry door. A new entry door with etched glass sidelights and a bold transom window can make an important design statement. This is one home improvement project that can provide a good return on investment.

Blend Door Style with Home's Architecture

The first step is to examine your home's architecture. The new door should blend with the lines of the house, as well as the exterior materials. If your windows have a 9-light pattern, look for a door that matches. If you have stained glass windows, find an entry door with similar detailing. If the roof has a high pitch, try a taller and perhaps wider door to balance with the roofline.

Building Materials Affect Entry Door Selection
Also look for an entry door that mimics the color, texture and style of your home's exterior. If you have a brick or stone house, look for a wooden door, or one that mimics the natural beauty of wood. Find a color that complements the exterior material. With a contemporary ranch house, a fiberglass door would blend just fine.

Entry Door Options
There are hundreds of options in entry doors, from simple to ornate. You'll want to select:

* The number of panels on the front
* The amount of glass
* Arched windows above the door

As you look at entry doors, consider whether you want to make a subtle statement or a more dramatic one. Also think about privacy when you decide on:

* Sidelights - clear, obscure or not at all.
* Door panels - do you want any glass? Should it be obscured for added privacy?
* Transoms - they add light, but reduce privacy.

A new entry door is an important home improvement project, as it can dramatically change your home's façade. Consider all the options carefully before selecting a new door.


About the Author
Allison E. Beatty is a syndicated real estate writer who has been writing home improvement columns for 15 years.
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