How Many Doors Do You Need?

new exterior doors Rochester Hills MIThere’s no question that doors and large windows have become significant design elements for new and newly remodeled homes. If you’re planning to remodel or build a new home in the Rochester area, including beautiful new windows or doors is something you’re no doubt thinking about.

When it comes to adding doors to your design ideas, at some point you may wonder just how many doors you really need? There was a time when having one door in the front and one in the rear of the house seemed like plenty. Today’s doors—and today’s home designs—have come a long way.

Doors today aren’t necessarily heavy, bulky barriers. Instead, they’re designed to allow maximum natural light into the home, while providing superior barriers to outside elements. Rather than compete with windows, today’s doors compliment them.

As a result homeowners are increasingly using them in multiple areas of the home. Their flexibility allows them to be both decorative (again, allowing in as much light as possible) and functional (providing access to the outdoors in convenient places). Here are a few examples.

window contractor Rochester Hills MIIn the Kitchen: In addition to allowing extra light into the kitchen, the door you see here allows easy access to the patio/porch located off the kitchen. It’s great for casual meals or snacks outside that can be prepared in the kitchen and quickly taken to where the guests are gathered. It’s also a handy access if you need to bring firewood in during the winter months!

living room windows Rochester Hills MIIn the Living Room: More and more homes are employing full-length windows in social rooms to brighten them up. You can see how these doors compliment the tall windows and create a wall of light. But they’re also functional.

When the weather is nice the doors can open to the outside for a nice breeze. Two doors make the feeling of openness and access to the outside more pronounced—even if the doors remain closed.

new windows Rochester Hills MIIn the Family Room: You can see how this family room—essentially a room built outdoors—makes use of lots of doors in one room. These homeowners used both sliding patio doors and swinging patio doors to take advantage of the beautiful scenery around them. Having doors on different sides of the room allows for a cross breeze—and good ventilation for the fireplace. Visitors have their choice of ways to move from the inside to outside as they please.

How many doors do you need? That depends on the look and feel you want to create in your home. We invite you to take a look inside our Bloomfield Hills showroom—or come by 2350 Franklin Road, in Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 to get a “hands-on” look at the possibilities for your Ann Arbor area home.