406 Doors Exterior Design Photos And Ideas

The height of oversized doors can be offset or accentuated with long hardware.
An elongated escutcheon, long handle pull, and thumb-operated latch give this exterior handleset a striking, modern style.
Door hardware is a small design detail, but as with all decor choices, a wise one can effortlessly elevate the overall aesthetic. From hardware style to finish and form, that doorknob you put your hands on every day can really make a statement.
The 2020 Living Vehicle’s new folding stair system is rated for several hundred pounds and comes with adjustable legs.
A unique door that swivels from the top was designed to prevent heat escape.
In the front of the home, original Edwardian details remain—including the stained glass doors and window. The large front yard remains as a play area for the children.
"We moved the column supporting that whole roof," says Wittman. "It looks simple, but it was a lot of work." Now, two large, aluminum multi-slide doors from LaCantina open up the entire corner.
The subtle front door blends seamlessly into the staircase. It leads to the first story, where the client’s elderly parents stay so that they don’t have to walk up many flights of steps.
The design team widened the door to the backyard.
There is now a defined entry space inside the front door.
Inside, white siding echoes the exterior of the home.
Rossi installed a new front door with amber bottle glass, the latter salvaged from the firm’s Guthrie House project in Palm Springs.
“Some people struggle with the color of the bricks. It does stand out, but in a good way. If you’re going to do something different, there’s no point compromising,” says Michelle.
The screened-in porch leads into an open great one on one half of the structure.
Doors made from FSC-certified wood and custom pivoting windows appear throughout the house, including in the garage (as pictured).
At the entryway, two massive panes of frosted glass shimmer with light and shadow from the atrium inside.
The exterior is clad in Galvalume siding, a workaday, weather-resistant material that gives the facade a shimmer that varies depending on the light.
The home spreads out from a courtyard garden in a shape that resembles a hand traced on a sheet of paper. The structure of each “finger” nods to the traditional gable-sided barns that dot the area.
The exterior walls are made almost entirely of seven-foot-square sliders. The Windows and sliding glass doors are by Arcadia.
The gradient of dark to light green mimics the tones of the greenery around the pavilion.
Brick continues from the interior of the home to the exterior, emphasizing indoor/outdoor living. Some of the bricks were salvaged from demolition— but to get the quantity required for overall development, the couple worked closely with London Reclaimed Brick Merchants.
“The sliding doors add to the ground-floor layout, especially in the summer where you can open up the whole space into the garden and the studio. It works so well, and makes us want to stay in London for most of the summer months.”
“We couldn't resist this beautiful shade of pink,” notes Richard of the door color. “It was championed by Kristina, but I didn’t take much convincing. It would also draw a lot of attention and help the house to be easily found by visiting clients and potential new business.”
A sliding door connects the master bedroom to the backyard, where an alfresco outdoor entertaining area and outdoor shower are located.
For a playful touch, the front door features a MadeMeasure Stacked door handle.
The design team took down interior walls and replaced the floors with dark plank vinyl.
Large openings directly connect the interior living spaces with the garden. A thin metal canopy includes a special detail on which items can hang.
The alley entrance is shaded by a cantilevered volume on the second floor. Turf-block pavers reduce runoff.
After: Now, vertical strips of wood from American tulip trees accentuate the height of the entry wall and surrounds the new backyard access, with glass that mimics the window shapes on either side. The ropes are in place to ring the bell in the tower.
Homeowner Simon Doonan stands next to the front door. "We have flamboyance, and we’re not inhibited about anything. [Architect] Gray Organschi gave [the house] that intellectual rigor needed to make it beautiful. We were well matched."
Architect Javier Senosiain created this remarkable home on a hilly site near Mexico City. “The green dune wraps itself around the inside spaces almost completely, rendering it almost invisible. From the outside, all one sees are grass, bushes, trees, and flowers,” he says.
A beautiful wooden door offers a stately welcome. The polished canopy of redwood lines a bayed seating area above.
"It was rundown, dark, and divided," recalls Masaaki of his first impression of the warehouse, the ground floor of a multistory apartment building. But after some thought, Masaaki, a Japanese-born architect, and Esther, an artist from Minorca, realized that owning the combined 2,700 square feet would allow them to headquarter Mas-aqui, the architecture and design firm they were planning to start, on-site. They bought the property and within months transformed it into a bright, modern live/work space.
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On a trip to Naoshima, Japan, the Houston newlyweds behind Robertson Design fell in love with Tadao Ando’s concrete-composed museums. This led the couple to create a residence of their own comprised of a low concrete wall, concrete cube, and box clad in Siberian larch. The indoors are rounded out with white oak, marble, and leather-finished granite.
The pink curtain is made from a semi-transparent material, which is visually similar to linen. The client's children like to use it like a "theatre curtain" when playing.
Front entry
The glass box entry was added in 1964. The home is a series of light-filled moments and lovely views of the surrounding landscape.
An original twisted column at the front entry inspired new design elements throughout the interiors.
Fifty miles north of New York City, a controversial home and guesthouse were built from Frank Lloyd Wright’s drawings on a private island. Intriguingly, the main home was completed in 1996 following Wright's original sketches for the 1950s owner of the island, who ultimately instead commissioned a 1,200-square-foot home on the island because of the high cost. Today, that 1,200-square-foot home serves as a three-bedroom guesthouse—the perfect space for extended family to stay.
Built into a steep slope, this contemporary spec house hopes to raise the bar for hillside development in Los Angeles. The lower-level ADU can be used as an office, fourth bedroom, guest room for Grandma and Grandpa, or a suite for a possible tenant.
Glass panels pivot to let air circulate and merge the interior with the exterior.
“People have a real obsession with putting things on the water,” says Campos. “They feel as though they paid for ocean or something, and they just need to stare at the ocean. And, I think that they really miss any opportunity to have a bit of foreground.”
The concrete block is now covered in light-colored stucco, grey lap siding, and charcoal metal trim. The front door is painted teal and surrounded by clear-coated Maple.
Poured-in-place concrete walls surround the courtyard and are contrasted with a steel gate designed by McCuen and painted blue-grey. The gate allows glimpses inside the garden, but doesn’t compromise privacy for the residents.
The roof of the home consists of thermo-insulated sandwich roof panels with skylight perforations and solar panels, and the ceilings have integrated lighting and ceiling fans to help increase air flow as necessary.
The sandstone flooring continues inside, as does the wall-hung bench, for a seamless look. The new white oak front door was custom-designed by Miles Woofter, and built and carved by Chuck Newport, the builder on the project. Glass on two sides brings plentiful natural light inside and better sight lines between inside and out.
Opening to the home's main entrance on the upper level, a large red sliding door—one of three—is painted Gypsy Red by Sherwin-Williams. To the left is the kitchen and dining space, and to the right is the living room and studio.
The original entryway, conceived as an aperture to view beyond, was updated with more glass. The street-facing exterior was bumped out four feet toward the road to create additional space.
The extended roof eave wraps around the building for shelter and protection from the sun.
The large pocket doors of the central room slide open to connect to adjoining patios.
The entryway of the home is characterized not only by the red front door, but also by the large panels of glass on either side, including one that almost disappears, allowing the planting box to appear to continue seamlessly into the interior.
Cedar siding, painted white, wraps around the stairwell on all four sides, echoing the exterior of the home.
A pivot door is one of the home’s unique features. "It’s meant to be more seamless as far as coming in and out. There’s drama in the way it hinges and in the scale of the door," says architect Peter Liang.

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