Taller Doors Are Trending

The single most stunning remodeling project that can be done to a home is to change the old standard height single Front Entry Door and pair of narrow sidelights and little transom window across the top to a pair of taller double doors that fill the exact same perimeter space. No construction work is needed to the exterior façade or the interior walls of the home. Masterpiece Doors can custom fabricate a new door frame and double doors to the exact specifications required.   

Walking through taller double front doors completely re-defines the look and feel of the home. Taller double doors give an updated, stately, more spacious, and less cluttered look to the home. Take a look at these Before and After transforming photos below:

Single Door with Sidelites converted to Arched Double Doors with glass
Double French Doors with Clear Glass

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Taller Doors Are Trending

The single most stunning remodeling project that can be done to a home is to change the old standard height single Front Entry Door and pair of narrow sidelights and little transom window across the top to a pair of taller double doors that fill the exact same perimeter space. No construction work is needed to the exterior façade or the interior walls of the home. Masterpiece Doors can custom fabricate a new door frame and double doors to the exact specifications required.    Walking through taller double front doors completely re-defines the look and feel of the home. Taller double doors give an updated, stately, more spacious, and less cluttered look to the home. Take a look at these Before and After transforming photos below:

Out with Old.. In with the New

As trends change, the demand for our doors increases. Of course, we replace rotten and weathered entry door units all the time but more and more we are replacing old school leaded glass and even wrought iron style doors. Here is an example of a job we did recently where our customers bought a beautiful home but hated the ugly iron door. Ugly Iron Door? Aren’t Iron Doors still popular? Yes, sure they are. In fact we make several “Iron Style doors” every day using our fabulous composite raw material and our state of the art CNC fabrication techniques for a superior performing door. But…. Some Iron Doors are down right UGLY and this homeowner had one! See what I mean. Also it looks like a Mausoleum, not a residence. Ha. No Problem. We replaced this behemoth with a pair of beautiful Modern 3 Lite doors with a Lite Distressed Rustic Walnut Finish. Again…. I know I sound like a broken record but where else can you get Custom Sized doors made with the style, glass and finish to suit your choice every time? Plus, Our raw material and all the fabrication is 100% Made in America!

Why Custom? A Tale Of 3 Customers

Story 1 Sometimes you have a special need that demands a custom solution. This customer ordered a relatively simple door but already had some very expensive plantation shutters installed on her old door. Nothing on the standard door market would fit her door size and her shutter size. Of course, since we make almost everything custom, we could build her the perfect door. Careful alignment and installation of our customers’ shutter. Testing the fit. Perfect Fit with her new door! Story 2 “ I have a beautiful home with an ugly door that has a weird panel over it.Can you help?”  Absolutely! We can remove the ugly trim piece and raise the door height with new taller custom designed, and more elegant doors. Our customers “before photo”, with a strange panel over the door. After, with a Masterpiece Custom Door New Solid Composite doors by Masterpiece Doors.Front Doors are important. When you’re proud of your home, you should not be embarrassed by the appearance of your front door. Can you believe the improvement? Story 3 “I hate my old school leaded glass entry! I want an updated look. What can I do?” I have to say. Better than ever,”a picture speaks a thousand words”. Check out the difference this new Masterpiece Door Entry has made! Wow!! What an Amazing transformation. I honestly don’t know another door company that can custom create such a beautiful entry with completely unique dimensions in width, height and shape. Let alone the perfect design and finish. Let us build your dream door… starting today.

And the Times..They are a Changin’: Architecture and Front Door Trends

Since the 1800’s, the world of architecture has seen numerous trends come and go; like all fashions, architectural elements change. Now, because of the internet and great formats like Houzz and Pinterest, how frequently they change and how they change has become a revolution. Here is a history of architectural trends from the 1800’s to now and an overview of the development of rapidly changing trends in the 21st century. Hope you enjoy! Victorian During the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, very ornate Victorian styling was the thing. Ornate fretwork was crafted on sprawling front porches and in-between hallways and parlors. Fancy, heavily carved newel posts at the staircase, carved mantels, elaborate stained glass and huge carved beveled glass front entryways were the most popular trend all across the united states. The Ranch Of course, trends change, and somewhat abruptly at that. After World War II, thousands of servicemen were released from the Army. Most servicemen were in their mid 20’s and anxious to start a family. The demand for new housing was tremendous. The old Victorian styles were from their parent’s era and considered “old school,” and nobody had time to build those old detailed ornamental homes anyhow. So up rose the 50’s ranch; fast, cheap, and easy to build, they became all the rage. Plain flush doors, plain 2” teardrop door casings, no crown molding, linoleum, and engineered flooring with little or no baseboard became the trend! No matter what their budget, people wanted the ranch. The Two Story Traditional In the 70’s, the ranch gave way to the two story traditional home. An emerging neighborhood in Atlanta named “Dunwoody” seemed to define this new trend. Virtually every new home built was a “5-4 and a door,” (referring to 5 windows on the 2nd floor, 4 windows on the 1 st floor with a single door in the middle). The style was very reminiscent of Williamsburg architecture with some slight variations. These homes featured a little more architectural detail, including crown moldings around the ceilings, raised panel styled solid doors, more elaborate stairs, and updated kitchens. And following this trend, an even more elaborate variation emerged. The Country French Traditional A two story home with even more architectural detail then began to replace the two story traditional. This style is still somewhat popular today, usually in larger homes with a “rambling” footprint. Characterized by more use of natural stone and brick, larger windows and trim, larger roof overhangs with steeper pitches, bigger front entryways with large doors, sidelights, transoms, and many interior elaborate features, larger kitchens with elaborate cabinetry, huge staircases, you get the picture… Bigger is better. As far as our door business is concerned, we’ve made many grand entryways for these types of homes. Also, we started to notice a trend inside a trend. At the beginning of this Country French styling trend, let’s say in the early 90’s, we were making and installing large, ornate leaded and beveled glass entryways. However, within 10 years a new door trend emerged – iron doors, which were very dramatic, ornate, and seemingly “castle like” began to gain popularity. At first they were being made in the US, but as popularity flourished, these doors began to be imported from Mexico and then China. We were actually one of the first companies to recognize this trend and embrace it. At first, we invested in metal working equipment and competed fairly with other iron doors businesses, but we found problems. Unlike our traditional wooden doors at the time, (before we switched to using only composites), we found these doors had overwhelming problems and customer claims. They became too hot on the outside, and in the direct sun literally burned your hands! They were so heavy that our customers’ homes could be damaged by loosening bricks and stonework if the doors were slammed. We saw fading of the finish, leaking air and water in a strong storm, ill-fitting weather-stripping and residential hardware not designed for such heavy doors, and worst of all, interior sweating in the winter from a buildup of condensation! Wow!! That turned out to be a terrible idea. But, with some conscientious development, we created an “Iron Style Door” made purely from our fabulous exterior weatherproof composite. We have been able to offer our customers a superior door with all the visual features of an iron door but none of the drawbacks. See our Iron Style Doors page for more details on this fabulous product. To this day we manufacture and install our Iron Style composite doors all around the country. Some advantages are that they will never rust, never peel, never sweat from condensation, never leak air or moisture, and can be installed using traditional jambs and molding by any competent carpenter! No special skill is required. And thanks to Joanna Gaines, we have a new trend! The Modern Farmhouse Today we are all enjoying a new, refreshing trend in residential architecture. Interestingly, we are going back to similar trends of the 1950’s as simpler, cleaner lines with less ornamentation have become the trend. Elaborate leaded glass and iron style doors are not popular with this new look. The doors are either simple French doors of varying designs or the new, narrow style modern factory French grill. Again, fortunately for Masterpiece Doors, we use digital manufacturing techniques for every door we make. We can easily scale to any style door, any size, any shape for nearly the equivalent price of limited styles of mass produced import. Check out our Modern French Doors Page and see how you can customize your door to make it unique. After all, although the trends may change, why not put your own stamp on it?