August 20, 2014

glass front doors - don't be afraid

About a year after we moved into our house I was locking the front door when the door knob literally fell thru the door. It was original to the house (70+ years old) and it had rotted from the inside out. Since our house is old and nothing is standard we had to get a custom door so I decided to get exactly what I wanted. I believe my door salesmen's exact words were "You sure lady?!" when I told him. But I've been thrilled with our choice. This door lets a lot of light into what would otherwise be a dark corner of the house and I love the character it adds inside and out.


We get a lot of complements on our front door. But those complements are often followed by questions. Don't you feel exposed? Aren't you worried about your privacy? How do you check to see who is at the door?

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While I understand the curiosity, I always find these questions a bit odd. No one cares what is going on inside my house. I have yet to find people standing in my yard trying to peek into my windows.

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Anyone who would try to break into my house isn't going to case the joint by looking thru the front door first. I'm pretty sure most thieves are a bit sneakier than that. And nosy neighbors are more concerned about what is happening in other rooms than the entry.

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There is a house not far from us with beautiful windows, great exposure and fabulous plantation shutters in every single window that are. never. open. Why?? I don't understand. Let in that beautiful light people!!

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And who are all of these people that are coming to your door? In the whole time I've lived here I can honestly think of only four times a stranger knocked on my door unannounced.

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As for people you know dropping by unannounced, the car in the driveway is going to give me away so I don't have a lot of places to hide, glass door or not.

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It is one of the best ways to get a double bang for your buck - big curb appeal boost and indoor light and style queen. What is not to love?

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So if you are considering it, or at all on the fence, I am here to tell you to go for it. You won't be sorry.


And remember, no matter how much glass we have, we still open it up to peek around the corner.

What do you think? Could you have a glass front door? Are you worried about privacy?

40 comments:

  1. i love your door and love the examples!! :) i want rustic wood doors on my house- one day....

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  2. It's STUNNING. I'm insanely jealous of all that light! We have always had light coming through our in entry in one way or another; transom, side light windows, door with window not the top half. But sadly we have zip, zero, zilch here. My husband was dead set on no glass on the doors or around it :( He is way into safety and while I appreciate that, it is soooooo dark! On the other hand we do have random people that come to our door every other day trying to sell stuff which is beyond annoying. I still have a hard time hiding from those people when Sam goes screaming to the front door and banging on it from the inside :/ "Nope. No one's home!"

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  3. Don't you just love old houses?! Something breaks and it's replacement just HAS to be custom! ;) Our front door has a huge window in it, and we love it. It brings in so much light! We added a sheer for a little more privacy, but in the day time, you can't even tell it's there. Love your door!!

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  4. I think you made the right choice with your door! It's perfect and I bet it would be really dark in that area without!!

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  5. I love your door! And, I am considering a glass door for our front door but only partially (similar to your second photo). I don't think I could do a full glass door. I do like a little privacy.

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  6. ooohh!!! I love it! We have huge windows next to our front door...but we frosted them....we are scared!! It would al look so much more beautiful without the film!

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  7. Love your door and it totally works with your entry. My entry is wide open and anyone peeking in the side lights by the door can see me sitting at my kitchen table at the back of the house right now. We get a lot of solicitors so I do wish I could hide from them but I love the light!

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  8. It's such a pretty look I could get over any privacy issues!

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  9. I sit on the fence on this one. We do have the door to door types. If any Jo Ho witness guys are reading this, please stop this insane practice of your door to door solicitation. More than the door knockers our house faces west and in Kansas that can be brutal sun. In my remodel, I went from door and side lights with half glass to 1/4 glass. It still lets in light but does allow a naked person to run to the basement to get clothes out of the dryer!

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  10. Absolutely LOVE it! Our 75 year old home has them too, and I can't even imagine a solid door without windows. You're right no one really cares what we're doing. :)

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  11. I love that you posted this because I've been thinking about a glass door for the front of our house - our foyer is one of the darkest parts of the house and I'd love to let some light shine in! So glad to hear that you've lived with it and love it!

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  12. The doors in our new home are all glass! We love them. The light that streams in is wonderful.

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  13. That gorgeous view inside THROUGH the front door doesn't hurt anything, either! Love your door, and houses with blinds always closed up drive me nuts too!

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  14. We had a front door like that when we lived downtown and I loved it! I have a glass front door and it doesn't bother me a bit because you can really see into our home. Great choice!

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  15. I agree - the more light you can let in your home - the better it is!

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  16. We currently do. When we moved in to our home, it was actually one of my concern too. It wasn't the light or privacy thing that bothered me (since ours shows nothing but light), it was the thought of someone crazy breaking it and grabbing open the knob from the inside! Fortunately, someone reassured me the glass on doors are very tempered and so it would be unlikely for someone to do that. :-)

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  17. I love your door and would have one tomorrow if I could find one... There's an adorable flower shop here in town that has one. Details please?

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  18. I love it! I agree with you. The natural light alone is priceless. And your foyer is so fab, why would you want to hide it?!

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  19. I agree, but I'm also one of those people who gets nervous with exposed windows at night. I'm totally paranoid that someone is watching. :) But, I think an entry is a totally appropriate place for them. It's not like you're hanging out in there. We plan to have a solid door, but oversized sidelights and transoms above for lots of light!

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  20. I love yours and nothing makes me happier than the light that comes in through my glass front doors!! Could there be cuter greeters at your door…beyond precious!!

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  21. I love your door! I agree, I think we all get a little weirded out about people peeping...but like you mentioned, I think it really just depends on what it's exposing. Love it!

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  22. I would have one in a heartbeat for all the light. Although, I do love my privacy so I would probably have frosted glass. But my door looks straight down the hall to my kitchen and sunroom, not an entry wall. We do get a lot of people knocking on our door, from neighbourhood kids (our son is the hub of the neighbourhood kid posse) to neighbours to door to door solicitors/survey takers/politicians etc. I do just love all the light a glass door lets in though.

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  23. Your front door and entrance is amazing. It is so your own style and that's why I follow you.

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  24. We have a storm door exactly like your front door and I leave our main door open pretty much all day. I have never seen it as the actually front door but I love it!

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  25. Really loved your front door style. But for people who are very much concerned about your privacy and security then I would suggest you to opt for Barn doors. They are strong as well as give a vintage look to your house.

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  26. I love the look of glass doors! Rewatching Desperate Housewives and I've been obsessed with Gabby's front door. I can definitely understand the concerns of knowing who is at your door. There are a lot of solicitors that come to our door (people from energy companies, jehovah's witnesses, etc) and a lot of the time I have no desire to talk to them so we just ignore the door.

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  27. Youre so funny!...case the joint via the front door!! You're so right though. I love that you went with lots o glass. I think its a wonderful look and adds so much beauty and character. Weve considered them in the past and may very well bite the bullet with this house. Our front door actually doesnt face the front of the house, rather it faces the side/driveway. May be a great opportunity to add more light in. Awesome inspiration pics my dear.

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  28. You know I love it as I have the exact same door (painted black, of course). However, our door allows whoever comes to the door a direct view into our main living area (cursed open floorplan), so they'll catch us sitting on our sofa watching TV. I will say our neighborhood has a fair amount of people who solicit even though our neighborhood has very clear "No Soliciting" signs at the front of the neighborhood (annoying people!!) but I still wouldn't get a different front door.

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  29. That door is extraordinary. I love the wall color you chose too. Looking forward to more!
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  30. I love your door! My concern is more for safety - but love the glass in your door. Beautiful! I am new to your blog and your newest follower.

    Judy

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  31. Love your door too! We have quite a bit of glass round our door which lets in loads of natural light. However for privacy, we put in those mini side blinds for the side glass panels.

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  32. I love the look of your door. Our door is similar; well kinda! As much as I loved all that natural light pouring in we get a lot solicitors knocking on our door so we opted to cover the panels with decorative window film for privacy. We've been considering adding a storm door though to allow more light and ventilation.

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  33. Love your door!! And I love light everywhere around my house so I rarely close blinds (my neighbors probably wish i would ;) ) and the top half of my door is glass. I love it except the view shoots straight back to my family room and directly to where I currently sit at the computer so there is no escaping that I'm home. Sounds crazy but we actually get the same religious solicitors quite regularly and my husband says I'm too nice b/c they keep coming back. I should probably tell them I'm quite happy in my religion...I may be leading them on?!! :)

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  34. Privacy is over rated!

    Your little one is precious!

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  35. I am glad you posted on this! I just love the look of those doors but apparently I am like all the crazies and worry a bit. It looks amazing!

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  36. I've never really thought about getting a glass front door, but the pictures you have here make me think that it would be a really great option! It really lightens the entry and makes the home look great. I am remodeling my home soon, and we have been wanting to get a new door as part of the remodel. I want to look at different glass doors to see if any would look good with our home! http://www.sjglassanddoor.com/commercial-doors

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