Though the front door has always been one of the home's main focal points, the designs have matured drastically over the years. In many modern dwellings, traditional doors with excessive details have been swapped out for more simple, creative versions that fit the aesthetic of the home. Take a look at these 10 examples of refined, modern doors that welcome in visitors and residents alike.
Location: Rough and Ready, California
Designed by architect Ken Meffan, this home in the Sierra Nevada mountain range is a labor of love. Meffan, his wife, and their four children lived in a tent for two years, and a workshop for nine years, while he built the house himself. Meffan continued to add bedrooms as the family grew.
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Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
This front door opens up to a home that Kieran Gaffney and Makiko Konishin designed for themselves and their family in Scotland. It's clad with charred cedar, an ancient Japanese technique that protects the wood against fire, rain, and rot.
Location: Australia's Sunshine Coast
Designed by Teeland Architects, this minimalist, cantilevered home was designed to take advantage of the surrounding forest and views of the Pacific Ocean. They painted the cement exterior walls a dark color in order to help it blend in with the forest.
Location: Miami, Florida
Architects Melissa and Jacob Brillhart wanted their downtown Miami home to embody Florida modernism. The shuttered front doors provide protection and privacy, while also allowing the home to open up and take advantage of the light and breeze. Behind the shutters lies four sets of sliding glass wall panels that can be opened to create one continuous room.
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
This home was designed and built by two college friends—Jay Atherton and Cy Keener—who subsequently started their own firm. The minimalist space features two bedrooms and a connected living room. The west-facing facade is devoid of windows in order to keep the house cool in scorching temperatures.
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Originally designed by architect John Sugden, this Salt Lake City home was restored by Brent Jespersen and brought back to its original glory—but with modern additions.
Location: Singapore's Joo Chiat neighborhood
When this 19th-century home was renovated, a gigantic front door was installed that swings open to create a natural flow between the exterior and interior.
Location: Vancouver, Canada
This rural Canadian home features reclaimed wooden planks and textured concrete walls. The home was designed by Omer Arbel to blend seamlessly into the surrounding landscape and capture light from all angles.
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Architect Peter Cardew designed this overhaul of a split-level suburban home in order to simplify and modernize the existing structure and make it more energy efficient.
Location: Berlin, Germany
Although not a residential example, this door to the Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin provides ample inspiration. Designed by Russian firm SPEECH Tchoban & Kuznetsov, the door blends seamlessly into the building's ground floor exterior, which is lined with sketches that have been etched into the concrete facade.