Archive for February, 2011

Front Doors

This week’s blog is on front doors.  We’ve been looking at options and I’m going to present three that we like.  We are currently in the process of getting quotes for these–OK, so our builder is doing that, not us–and I’d like to get your thoughts.  Please vote for your favorite and I promise to announce which one received the most votes.  That won’t necessarily mean that’s the one we’ll buy, but let’s have some fun with this.  We do want the same configuration for whatever door we choose which includes the door with sidelights.  We want to maximize the light that we’ll have in the front foyer. 

Door #1

This one is from ThermaTru and is fiberglass. 

Door #2

This door is from a company called Simpson Doors.  This one comes in a variety of wood.

Door #3

This door is from Pella.  This, too, is a fiberglass door.  There are sidelights that match, full glass.  Unfortunately, the website does not show them.  We did visit a Pella showroom and were able to see it with the sidelights.

So, which do you like?  Door #1, door #2 or door #3?


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Winter has been extremely cruel to us in the northeast.  We’ve had storm after storm come through dropping huge amounts of snow.  It’s wreaked havoc on everything, most importantly our psychies.  Just when I think I just cannot take it any more, an email comes from either our architect or our contractor.  It does wonders for me.

This time is no different.  Our architect has offered a couple options for the staircase.  The one below is the one we like best.  It is open, inviting and says “come up and see me sometime.”

Isn’t this fabulous?  This is going to be great to decorate during the holidays.  I can drape it with garland and bows.  The landing at the top really makes it inviting.  It will all be a natural stain to match the rest of the wood in the house, too.

The cats are going to love looking through and watching people below.  I do hope they won’t jump off onto anyone.  We did have a cat once that, in a home that had an open balustrade like this, would go half-way down the stairs, then jump onto the chair below.  One time my mother-in-law was sitting in the chair.  I saw the cat come down and stop and get ready to jump.  When he hit the chair, my mother-in-law jumped a mile high!  I know I should have stopped him but it was one of those things that I just couldn’t.  All I could do was stare.  Then laugh.  To this day, I giggle when I think about it.

But I digress….

I’m sure our kitties would never do such a thing.  Never.

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