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Opening the to new design potential Long seen as an afterthought in homebuilding projects, the humble door is finally beginning to receive the attention it deserves. Ian Chubb, managing director of Deuren, explores why considering doors early in a newbuild process can transform them from functionality to focal point 20 Separisnogn 2 2001818 door Deuren Doors If you’re a self-builder or renovator, it certainly won’t be news to you that the list of considerations in the initial phases of a project is always seemingly endless. From gaining planning permission through to the first brick being laid, the less you add to those beginning stages the better – right? But in reality, including doors in the planning chapter could not only save you time and money later on, but also open up a whole world of exciting design possibilities. Advancements in materials and technology mean doors can now be so much more than mere necessities – combining striking design with innovative opening configurations, the time for doors to really make an entrance has arrived. Dare to be different Gone are the days when every self-builder was satisfied with standard sizing and aesthetics. More and more people are instead choosing to incorporate individuality and creative flair into their projects – covering everything from window frames and wall coverings, to floor tiles and doors. Creativity is an ongoing process, so instead of selecting some of the most noticeable features of your home-build or renovation right at the last minute, it makes sense to dedicate time into the decision-making process early on. Specifying what type of door you want throughout your home or property before you start the structural works, means that you can opt for all kinds of unusual configurations and sizes – without the additional disruption of having to alter walls after the event. Oversized doors and ones with unusual opening mechanisms – including pivot and pocket, for example – are becoming increasingly popular amongst homebuilders and renovators. And with more British manufacturers taking note of the trend towards these modern designs, having a door that can act as the real centrepiece of a room is no longer within the confines of large-scale projects. With so many variations in size, configuration, materials and finish, the decision-making process can seem quite daunting. So, where do you begin? Back to the drawing board For doors to have a real impact within a homebuilding project, they should be considered in two separate phases. Firstly, a decision about the sizing and configuration of the doors should be made as early as the architectural plans are drawn up. In its most basic sense, a doorway is just a hole in a wall. So, once that wall has been built, the creative opportunities are immediately limited to the size and shape of that opening. But if the design of the door is factored in before that hole is made – allowing for more unusual specifications – then both the walls and doors can be made to measure, and the design options are practically endless. For instance, pocket sliding doors need a different type of aperture to those with standard hinges, so it’s helpful to know these requirements before the walls go up. This way, the openings will be perfectly sized, and no disruptive corrective alterations will need to be made when it comes to fitting them. Secondly, the finish of the doors should be considered at the same time as the rest of the interior design. It’s natural for ideas to change throughout the planning and building process, so factoring in the aesthetics at the start allows for these to develop. Consider your options There’s certainly nothing wrong with sticking to tradition and opting for a standard hinged timber door. But if you have the time, resources and creative inclination, there are some brilliantly different configurations out there. Oversized entryways can be a dramatic interior design feature, whilst pocket doors are a great way of opening up the space between two rooms. And when it comes to appearance, the scope to channel your personal style into your doors is practically endless. Stained and painted wood, aluminium, ceramic and even concrete are just some of the finishes available – and that’s before getting started on the handles! With such an array of possibilities and combinations when it comes to mechanisms, materials and aesthetics, it can be difficult to work out what’s right for you and your home. It goes without saying that there’s no substitute for seeing a door in person, testing its handle and feeling its weight. Online platforms and product videos can certainly be a great starting point for initial research, but if you’re serious about specifying the perfect doors for your property, then it’s worth finding a bespoke supplier that enables you to see and touch their craftsmanship for yourself in their workshop or showroom. www.deuren.co.uk


Your Build - Spring 2018
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