Help me select between these two custom entry doors

lexmomof3February 11, 2013

I have to decide ASAP between these two doors. The only difference is one has a solid door (below) and the other has a 3/4 lite door (next post). The door will be painted black and the side lites and transom will be painted white. The house style is traditional, red brick with covered porch.

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lexmomof3

Here's the same door with 3/4 lite.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 12:15PM
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lucy0214

I like the second one.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 12:27PM
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pps7

I like the 1st one.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 12:43PM
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myhappyspace

I like the first

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 1:04PM
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kirkhall

I like the first too. What direction will it be pointing? Are you in the country? Will the 9lite have equal lites (it doesn't look like it in the picture)? Do you need the light in your entry?

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 1:53PM
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lexmomof3

The door will be on the west side of the house and we're in a neighborhood so privacy is a bit of an issue but the lots are large and we're set back off of the road quite a bit. The 9 lite door does NOT have equally sized lites because the mullions (I think that is the right term) should line up with the points on the transom above. If they were equally divided, they would not line up with the mullions on the transom.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 2:02PM
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palimpsest

With a fanlight and sidelights I would do a solid door.

Also the few glass doors I have seen on historic houses with sidelights and fanlight, the glass in the door has generally been one large pane of beveled glass.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 2:05PM
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millworkman

Muntins would be the correct term, and I prefer the first.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 2:24PM
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athensmomof3

Definitely the first.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 4:21PM
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kateskouros

the first door, definitely.
the second door is much too busy and "country" cottage-y.

This post was edited by kateskouros on Mon, Feb 11, 13 at 17:00

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 4:58PM
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kaijutokusatsu

I like the first solid door. The west sun can be too bright sometimes.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 5:35PM
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still_waters

I like the second one. I like how the mullions line up both ways. I think the lites will break up the black slab.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 5:38PM
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MrsBrad

I like the 2nd one!

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 5:44PM
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bevangel_i_h8_h0uzz

Have you considered whether the muntins will be black, white, brass, or some other color. You want to make sure that if you get the nine-light door, the muntins will not clash colorwise with the leading in your fanlight and sidelights.

Personally, I like the look of glass in my front doors but I'd want something more than just flat pieces of glass.

I have half-light prairie-style doors on my back doors and love them. But on the front door, I wanted leaded glass or some frosted glass or something to lend a little bit more sparkle and provide a tiny bit more of a sense of privacy when someone rings the front door bell. Yes, they can see in but what they see is broken up and diffracted by the decorative glass. At the back door, where I have the half-light doors, one sees in like looking through an uncurtained window. Not the look I want on the front door.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 5:55PM
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kirkhall

I would go with the first option, given your answers to my questions. But, so far, we seem to be fairly divided in opinion (GWers), so you are probably "fine" with either one.

I enjoy more privacy to my front door, and given that you have the side lights and transom, that would definitely suit me for windows/light in a west-facing door.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 6:07PM
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carsonheim

They both are stunning. Whichever one you *don't* want, I'll take! Who is making your doors?

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 6:30PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

I'd go with the solid door esp with a traditional brick house...room for a nice brass door knocker on it....

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 10:43PM
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mtnrdredux_gw

I much prefer the first. The formality of the fanlight and sidelight dictates a solid wood door IMHO.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 11:38PM
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sombreuil_mongrel

Hi,
I dislike the second because of the uneven make-up of the panes. They are not different enough to look like an intentional choice, but rather an unfortunate accident.
Casey

    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 8:45AM
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wishiwasinoz

Another vote for #1 or solid!

    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 8:48AM
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lexmomof3

Thanks everyone! You all were very helpful in thinking through how the door will look with the other elements of the house. I have the same gothic style grille in several dormer windows above as well as some other decorative elements so I think that the solid door will best pull all of those pieces together. Also, I really want the transom to stand out and not blend in with the door below. I must say...I was definitely leaning the other way as I think the second door is beautiful but your input helped me visualize how it will look when combined with the windows, etc. Thanks again!
Carsonheim - I'm getting it from a building supply company but I'm not sure who their supplier is. The woman has been great. She has called several supplies and gotten quotes for me in various wood species and other options. I think I'll be very pleased with the door assuming it is what she's requested. I'm waiting on confirmation on some of the details but it is very reasonably price...at least compared to the initial quote I got for the same door.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 6:33PM
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