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solid oak front doors

Versatile and timeless, solid oak front doors have been popular for a very long time and this doesn't seem to be changing anytime soon. 

The grain, the colour and the durability of oak make it the perfect choice for many projects. If you're concerned that it may appear to be a bit yellow in tone that is easily fixed by choosing a lacquered finish. Lacquer helps to cool down the yellow and makes the wood finish a little more beige. Alternatively, opt for an oiled finish to bring out the grain and a richer colour. 

Natural oak works wonders with contemporary and traditional buildings. So scroll down to wander through these case study houses all with oak front doors. 

1. 1970’s refurb in Hertfordshire

Vista is a modern refurb of a 1970’s house in the Hertfordshire countryside.  With quite a few planning restrictions, the front of the house could change but the bricks had to be retained and therefore this limited the choices when it came to the design of the house.

The dilemma for Mrs. Tanem, the owner of this project, was the fact that she really didn’t want a standard grey RAL painted door. It had to be something stylish, elegant and interesting so when we recommended, she opt for a grey oil on Oak for her front door – she was very happy to go for it.   One of our designers chose the RAW door – at 1200 x 2400mm as the best fit and recommended the grey oil to soften the yellowness of the Oak.  It works well with 7016 which is the RAL number used for the windows and especially well with the sidelite which was provided by the window company.

Mrs. Tanem also chose a concealed handle which adds to the contemporary feel.

The Door: RAW e80 pivot doorset in Oak with a grey oil
Size: 1200 x 2400mm
Handle: Concealed Handle

Architect: Tony Holt 

2. House on the river: Terano solid oak front door

Here at Urban Front we work on some phenomenal projects but not all of them are located in as beautiful and naturally stunning a setting as this one. Contemporary living on a hillside designed by Gillepsie Yunnie Architects. 

You can read all about the house at under projects but here is a little synopsis of the architects description:

'The house has a linear form relating both to the long quayside and terraced fishermen's cottages on the opposite bank. The dramatic cantilevering terraces required a steel frame and intricate detailing to maintain airtightness and thermal performance. The stonewalling was locally sourced and provides contrasting weight to the reflective zinc soffits and fine framed glazing.'

The front door is a bespoke take on our Terano doorset with vertical stainless steel strips and a wider vision panel. The European Oak works very well with the 'dry stacked' stonewalling and zinc detail.

Door Detail: Terano Special e80 in European Oak with Option 11 handle.  

3. Lavender Hill: Oslo front door design in oak wood

Creating separate entrances for a group of four maisonettes wasn't going to be easy, but in this case, the developers have done the best they can with a limited amount of space. Building very thin side lites into each doorway has allowed light to filter through to the stairwells. Likewise, using a side return of glass by the entrances on either side, brings in as much light as possible. With the use of our Oslo design in European Oak, the entrances help define the building and offer warmth to the white render and grey detail. 

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4. Northwood House: Raw european oak front door 

A true example of how a very simple door can make an impact, this Raw E80 Pivot doorset in solid oak wood is fitted into beautiful art-deco-style glass sidelights. Designed by Jane Duncan Architects, the building has the usual rendered facade with anthracite grey windows with a bit of a twist. The Raw door design has no grooves and depends on the hardwood to shine through with its grain and blonde stripes.

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