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Doors in contemporary houses

Contemporary or 'of the moment' houses are very much dependent on the person and what they consider fitting into that category. So we've chosen a few different houses that we think work and have grouped them here to give you some ideas and show you how the doors work. 

Scroll down to see images and read about these projects. 

Orchard View

A wonderful example of an expansive, contemporary home with delightful design touches throughout. 

The front door is a very important feature and forms the focal point to the sweeping approach to the house.  The rich colour and texture of the door creates a deliberate contrast with the monochrome colour palette of the external walls.

The H-shape plan formed by the projecting Study and Garage create a welcoming outdoor courtyard and provide tantalising views through the ground floor and out to the garden beyond.

An important aspect of the door was that the client wanted it to read as full height to match the walls and glazing (floor to ceiling height was 3m high). This is the kind of challenge we specialise in at Urban Front and working closely with the client, we delivered a 2.4m tall door with a matching, flush 600mm overhead panel to complete their vision. 

Architect: Strom Architects

Staircase: Steel structure by Elite Metalcraft (

Stair treads: Wenge stained oak, Parquet Flooring (

Structural Engineers: Jensen Hunt Design

Front Door:  Urban Front - Parma pivot design in Oak (stained by client on site)

Glazing: iQ Glass

Flooring: tiles Neolith/Iron Frost

Norfolk Home 

This contemporary house built using CLT features a bespoke Iroko hardwood door designed by the architects.  With a mix of cladding and flint stone walls, the house is meant to sit comfortably on the coast and in the sandy dunes. The door made in Iroko is meant to stand out from the rest of the building and although mirroring the vertical nature of the cladding, has raised elements which sit proud of the door and continue over the clear side lite as well creating a screen. 

On the interior the door sits opposite a bespoke brick wall with similar raised elements and in a long hallway leading to another bespoke item - the staircase and a bench and closet area. 

CLT by Eurban Ltd


Brickfields: oak front door in a contemporary house

This very different and special development by Living Space, showcases 4 of our external Rondo V doorsets in Iroko and a few internal Raw V doorsets as well in European Oak.

The main front door seems to be floating in a frameless glass linking atrium creating the illusion that the door is freestanding. The building has a mixture of bricks and cladding so that a lighter choice on the hardwood was essential.


Tivoli Villas: Porto front door in a contemporary villa

The Porto E80 doorset in European Oak was used here to flatter the rest of the buildings with it's sharp red window frames and white garage doors.  A mixture of timber cladding, zinc and red windows works very well with the simple vertical door. 

Using an Oak front door certainly helps make the front door stand out. 

Scotland: Porto & Ice doors in a contemporary house

For this interesting project in Scotland, we were asked to supply the external and internal doorsets on the ground floor. The idea was to allow as much light to enter the hall which has a double aspect. Our Ice doors were specified for the back and internal doors, while the Parma pivot was specified for the front. All the doors are european oak and feature our Option 10 and Option 16 door handles.

Architect: Lorna McLean Architects 

Dartmouth Hill: Terano oak door in a contemporary mews house

Suzanne Brewer, SBA, tells us all about the Mews House and the fabulous open plan living devised around her court yard house. 

 “Mews House was built on an old garage site, which was historically a stable mews. The long length of the L shape plan follows the footprint of the original garages and the tarmac forecourt has become a courtyard garden. As a consequence all of the ground floor rooms open onto the garden. The house is built from plank shaped Danish bricks and softened with external wooden venetian blinds and a green roof, which helps it sit comfortably within the residential conservation area. The Terano front door leads to a double height entrance hall and it was important that the front door materials complemented the adjacent teak wood kitchen doors. There were many objections when the planning application was made several years ago, but there were no objections for a complementary house on an adjacent garage site, which has been the best compliment.”

Suzanne Brewer

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