The Ever Evolving Architecture of Doors
Doors are often overlooked when a homeowner considers architectural design however they form an integral part of a build. They can create incredible impressions by being the welcome to your home, add security or a feeling of space and light.
There are so many styles to choose from it’s often difficult to know where to start and as designers evolve and invent new ways for doors to open and close the choice becomes limitless.
Understanding the names of the different types of door can help you decide what’s right for your project. The most popular is the traditional single leaf door however it’s worth noting that in roman times, double doors were favoured as they seemed to offer more security and also gave the impression of a grander entrance.
A Composite Door
A Composite Door is made using different components used in its construction usually it has a core that is often made using some form of particle board or cellular material, the door facings are bonded to the core. This type of door is a popular modern choice for front doors as the facings are generally made of material that is self-coloured and will not fade ore need decorating. They are less likely as a result they are less likely to warp.
A Dutch Door
A Dutch door is more commonly known as a stable door. It has a divide in the middle so you can open one section at a time. These doors can be great as back doors for a kitchen, especially if you want to chat to a neighbour without letting the dog out! The top half can also be closed leaving the bottom open, yet we’ve yet to find a use for this.
A Blind Door
A blind door is meant to bend into the wall so the entrance isn’t wholly visible with the naked eye. These are great for interior rooms where the door interrupts the wall space. The frame work is fitted inside the wall so nothing at all can be seen. This is popular for en-suites at the moment.
A Flush Door
Made using a cardboard core and faced in plywood and often have a natural wood veneer or can be painted. Commonly used for internal doors in most homes.
A False Door
A False Door is a wall decoration made to look like a door. They use these in tombs to provide a gateway to the afterlife. The opposite of this would be a bookcase that is indeed a door, the type of which we’ve all seen in Scooby Doo!
A French Door
A French Door is also known as a French Window as it is basically a framework around a series of panels or lights (as they’re known). They are popular in conservatories as they don’t need centre fixings so can open wide.
A Louvre Door
Louvered doors offer no security however they do allow for ventilation. In the UK this style of slats that can be adjusted to let in air and light are used as window shutters instead.
A Wicket Door
The wicket door is that often seen in cathedrals where you have a tiny door within a huge door, allowing you to enter without opening the entire thing. It is chosen for homes now as it can give great everyday use but open the house up fully on special occasions or sunny days.
A Sliding Door
We know sliding doors as patio doors mainly however any door that slides back and forth is referred to as a sliding door.
A Bi Fold Door
The bi fold door is popular at the moment as it allows whole rooms to be turned into garden rooms simply with the addition of the door. It can fold into two, three, four or five pieces taking up an entire wall.