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Exterior Door Buying Guide

White exterior door from inside with transom.

Remember that your door can make a powerful statement. There are many elements — including door design, material and hardware — that all work together to create a personal look to reflect your style.

Deadbolt: A deadbolt lock provides added entry security.

Door Knocker: These give a handsome look to the door. Options include brass, bronze and satin nickel that look good when personalized with a last name.

Door Viewer: Install an entry door viewer at a height all members of the family can reach.

Doorbell: Choose from a simple button style to a wireless, eight-note version with decorative interior chimes.

Front Door With Sidelites:
Available for all types of doors, a sidelite can be placed on one or either side of the door.

Glass Styles and Shapes:
Any door can be made to include decorative glass. While most front doors have insulated glass for energy efficiency, others may

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Avoid Buying a Home With a Bad Layout Design

Buyers might not know a bad layout design when they first see it, but they will know if something doesn’t quite feel right about the house. Generally, that feeling is caused by a bad layout. The best house layouts don’t cause this reaction. There is no uncertainty about a good home layout.

Moreover, it’s often very difficult to correct a bad layout without spending a lot of money. Before deciding that a bad layout can be improved by moving walls, ask a contractor to tell you if the walls you want to relocate or remove are load-bearing walls because, if so, it might be impossible or financially unfeasible.

Common Bad Layout Designs

Homeowners can easily become oblivious to the layout after occupying the same space for a number of years. Day-to-day activities become rote after a while, and it might not make any difference to a homeowner how

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