Monthly Archives: March 2013
Colours for the home inside & out vary greatly. A lot depends on taste but also especially indoors on which way the house is facing.
North facing rooms tend to be colder & have less light, so a yellow or cream light colour would suit more than green or grey. Or you could use dramatic colours like purple & work with it, not fight nature with it being a dark room.
South facing rooms have light all day long so warm or cool colours work, the choice is yours. Pale tones keep it light & airy, blue for a seaside feel or white for a crisp feel.
East facing rooms, the light can appear slightly blue so blue or green would work. To create light & warmth, duck egg blue is a good choice
West facing rooms would be enhanced by using a white palette to make a wonderful airy feeling in the natural or artifical light. A soft pink would create a warm glow
**Black can be hard to use indoors, but is a popular colour in contemporary homes & looks great with red for a dramatic dining room**
If you are thinking of having new doors in your home, or if you are building a new home or extension then pre-hung doors might be the answer for you.
What is a Pre-Hung Door?
A pre-hung door is exactly what it says it is! It is a door that has already been hung in a door frame. It usually includes the following:
- Door Hinges
- Door Handles
- Night latch
External pre-hung door sets can also include any combination of toplights and sidelights
When should I use a Pre-hung Door?
Surprisingly enough pre-hung doors are often much easier to install.
Reasons to consider a prehung door:
- If it is a new door way – a new home or an extension with no existing doorframe
- DIY Project – Fitting doors into frames is a specialist task and replacing a doorframe will probably prove to be a lot easier
- If the existing doorframe needs to be removed
- There is no need for specialist equipment to plane doors and fit perfectly matching hinges to door and frame
- To ensure a perfect fit- prehung doors are a perfect fit into their frames guaranteeing weather tightness for external doors and improving soundproofing for internal doors
- Professional finish – Door handles, locks and letterplates all pre-fitted to professional standards
A word of caution to the DIYer- prehung doors can be pretty cumbersome and although a lot easier to install than fitting a new door into an existing frame, still requires some skill. If in doubt, get a builder to install it for you – it probably will still be less costly than getting a specialist door fitter to fit a door into an existing frame. When pricing pre-hung door sets be aware that, in most cases the price of the pre-hung door set does NOT include the door or any additional sidelights or toplights! This is because the cost of doors is so variable – a solid oak door with frosted glazing is going to cost far more than a hardwood door with no glazing. The total cost will be the pre-hung door set plus the cost of the door.
Pre-hung door sets are used extensively by architects and professional builders in new builds, and are now available to smaller builders for home-improvement projects.
Pre-hung or not we hope the installation of your new doors is straightforward and satisfactory.
Re-decorating, or renovating our homes can be an expensive and time-consuming commitment. It usually involves repainting, replacing a bathroom or kitchen, or even buying a new lounge suite. The one thing we often overlook is the internal doors.
Internal doors can give a home a totally new and different feel, taking it from ordinary to extraordinary in a matter of hours. Here are some images of our favourite doors for 2013. We hope you love them too.