Sunday, March 27, 2011

Opening Doors

The number of decisions we have to make regarding the house never ceases to amaze me. I've been given catalogs for everything from doors, and tile, and cabinets, all the way down to doorbell buttons and roofing tiles. Who knew there were so many types and colors of roofing tile to choose from?

We had to decide on the materials for the exterior of the house early on to get approval for permits, but we can still change our mind on things, as long as we don't change it too drastically. I'm not sure that I like that door being left open. I don't like that open-ended feeling. I want to tic that item off on the to-do list and keep moving forward.

We know the exterior materials will be stone and HardiePlank.

Provence color scheme in a cobblestone style from Quality Stone Veneer.

We chose Provence because we thought it would add some color and thought it was one of the more "natural" looking options for colors. And we chose the cobblestone because we thought it would be visually interesting and somewhere between the complete irregularity of fieldstone and the total uniformity of brick. We went back and forth a bit between cobblestone and drystack, and we will probably utilize the drystack style on the inside of the house.

The HardiePlank will be some shade of green. How's that for specific? I'm very timid when it comes to choosing colors, especially when it's green we're talking about. When we moved into our current home, the first thing I did was paint the master bedroom. I wanted a nice, calm, sage-silver green. And after extensive swatch testing I chose a color called Pond. Calm sage-silver green is not what I got, people. It was more like Seafoam Green from a box of Crayolas. I like Seafoam Green. But I didn't like it on my walls. It took us years to repaint the room.

So anyhow, that's why I'm balking at selecting a specific green. We did track down our local Sherwin-Williams and finally caught them in between store location moves and inventory mishaps to get one of their master paintchip wands (it took 2 months. it was an ordeal.) because paint color is going to come up over and over again. Right now I'm looking at something close to Sherwin-Williams Artichoke (yum!) and Oakmoss for the HardiePlank color.

We also chose our roof tiles.

Heatherblend from Pinnacle.

We did have to make a final decision on the front door this week. The original quote we were given was for a solid mahogany door with plain glass panes. It was a pretty door, but on our home, the front door will face west, which posed some maintenance issues for solid wood. A friend who is much more home design savvy than I said, "the front door welcomes visitors into your home and is the jewelry on the outside of your house."

And along with pricing out fiberglass doors, we asked for quotes on some decorative options for the glass since we've been given a budget for it. We had narrowed down to these 3 styles from Portrait Windows & Doors.

Oak Park

We like the Oak Park pattern because even though it is geometric, it is not a uniform pattern. I particularly like the Craftsman/Prairie style of the design.


We like the Paris style because, as with the the Oak Park pattern, it is also geometric without being uniform. I particularly like the addition of curved lines, which I think helps to soften the pattern and keep it from feeling too rigid.


We like the Majestic pattern for it's simplicity and geometric design. We also like that, of the 3 styles, it offers the most opacity, and therefore privacy, which has been very important for us.

We've decided on the ¾ glass option with decorative sidelites and a clear transom.

So now we play a game. You tell me. Which style did I choose?


  1. I'm going to guess Majestic. =)

    One question, though: is security not an issue? A glass door would be very easy way to break into the house, and I'm guessing expensive to fix/replace.

  2. My comment on glass in the front door is make sure it looks into no bathroom. I've discovered that I do not like the little glass windows on our front door because it looks right into that half bath in the entry way. Close the bathroom door, you might say, to which I would have to respond that because it's next to the furnace I can't hear the girls if I close the door which can be a TOTAL PROBLEM if you know what I mean. SO now I sit on the toilet with the door open hoping no one will choose that moment to ring the door bell. *sigh*

  3. @Becca—LOL! I can see how that would be a problem!

    @Cheri—We're actually building on the outskirts of Pittsboro (pop. ≤ 3,000) about 20 miles from Chapel Hill, so we don't feel security is as big an issue as if we were living in Chapel Hill. I would hope that anyone trying to break in would at least try to be sneaky about it and use a side door or window—but if someone wants into a house badly enough, they'll usually find a way.