How To: Inviting Front Doors for Modern Homes

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March 27, 2014
The front door is a sure sign of a successful journey home, and as these houses prove, modern architecture can be just as homey and inviting as its traditional counterparts.
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  Mounted in a blackened steel frame, the wood front door to this home near Toronto, Canada, shines with a warm, burnished glow. The glass window just beside provides a promising glimpse of the domestic spaces just beyond. Photo by Shai Gil.  Photo by: Shai Gil

    Mounted in a blackened steel frame, the wood front door to this home near Toronto, Canada, shines with a warm, burnished glow. The glass window just beside provides a promising glimpse of the domestic spaces just beyond. Photo by Shai Gil.

    Photo by: Shai Gil

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  In this retreat outside Chicago, Illinois, recessed hardware joins sliding glass doors to the hints of wood lining that lie just beneath a corugated metal exterior.  Courtesy of: Justin Reid

    In this retreat outside Chicago, Illinois, recessed hardware joins sliding glass doors to the hints of wood lining that lie just beneath a corugated metal exterior.

    Courtesy of: Justin Reid

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  A renovation in Austin, Texas, carried color to the exterior through a new door. In a custom shade of teal, this door reflects the renovation's objectives of bringing color and light streaming back into a mid-century masterpiece. Photo by Whit Preston.  Photo by: Whit Preston

    A renovation in Austin, Texas, carried color to the exterior through a new door. In a custom shade of teal, this door reflects the renovation's objectives of bringing color and light streaming back into a mid-century masterpiece. Photo by Whit Preston.

    Photo by: Whit Preston

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  A slatted wood fence diffuses light, sheltering the glass front door of this California Eichler home from the eyes of travelers on the road below. Photo by Scott Hargis.  Photo by: Scott Hargis

    A slatted wood fence diffuses light, sheltering the glass front door of this California Eichler home from the eyes of travelers on the road below. Photo by Scott Hargis.

    Photo by: Scott Hargis

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  The replica of a door to a Japanese sushi bar, this white cedar door to a former Baptist chapel in Greenwich, Connecticut, adds character to a stern, familiar, New England facade. Photo by Juliana Sohn.  Photo by: Juliana Sohn

    The replica of a door to a Japanese sushi bar, this white cedar door to a former Baptist chapel in Greenwich, Connecticut, adds character to a stern, familiar, New England facade. Photo by Juliana Sohn.

    Photo by: Juliana Sohn

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  Architect Jenda Michl of Vertu Studio designed a new screen door and glass awning to enhance views of the mountains from his parents' house in Boulder, Colorado. Photo by Daniel O'Connor.  Courtesy of: 2011 Daniel O'Connor / danieloconnorphoto.com

    Architect Jenda Michl of Vertu Studio designed a new screen door and glass awning to enhance views of the mountains from his parents' house in Boulder, Colorado. Photo by Daniel O'Connor.

    Courtesy of: 2011 Daniel O'Connor / danieloconnorphoto.com

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  The bright red door to a children's book illustrator's 200-square-foot studio in British Columbia shows a splash of color can help bring fairy tales to life.

    The bright red door to a children's book illustrator's 200-square-foot studio in British Columbia shows a splash of color can help bring fairy tales to life.

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