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Entrance door design

From traditional cottage-style doorways to modern marvels, Rebecca Foster has rounded up a selection of eyecatching ideas
Above: Made from aluminium, the Caverro front door forms a striking modern contrast to the traditional brickwork of this house. Priced from £2,000, this model is from Express Bi-Folding Doors

As well as serving a practical purpose – to provide an entrance point to your home and an effective barrier to burglars – your front door can have a powerful visual impact on the overall aesthetic of the house. Whether you’re building a property from scratch or renovating an existing structure, this feature will be one of the first things a visitor lays eyes on. It’s vital, therefore, to select a model that works in harmony with the architectural style of the dwelling. Plus, you’ll want to choose a design that stands the test of time in terms of style and performance.

“Think outside the box – there are so many different options out there. Take your time to see what these are,” says Elizabeth Assaf, a designer at Urban Front. “Be bold so that the entrance stands out.” From material and surface texture options through to accessories and ironmongery, here’s a closer look at what’s available.

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Build It is Britain’s longest running self build magazine. Each issue is packed full of inspirational and informative readers’ homes, as well as expert advice on issues from budgets and planning to project management and design. This month: - Smart homes for every budget - Timber frame FAQ - Choosing outbuildings - How to maximise your mortgage chances - Guide to finding land