Through the French doors

French doors to complement luxurious full house project

French doors have been around for hundreds of years, yet they are still one of the most sought-after door styles here at Secure House. We really enjoy designing and installing them for clients and this recent full-house project highlights just how incredible they look and how versatile they are.

Following a consultation with the homeowners of this stunning property in Hampstead, and a couple of site visits, working alongside the architect we manufactured no fewer that six sets of French doors complete with the unmistakable Georgian bars.

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Installing French doors to the rear of the property – what a fantastic full house project!
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Close up of one set of the French doors

The French doors ooze luxury and add exclusivity to this beautiful home, plus they open up the back of the house and allow the client to access the exterior and surrounding gardens effortlessly, bringing the outdoors indoors at any time!

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The view from the interior of the property – just stunning!

Made using only the very highest quality steel and featuring burglar-resistant, triple security glazing throughout, each French door set provides an optimum level of safety and security for exceptional peace of mind. Plus, the triple glazing delivers excellent thermal values to keep the property warm and cosy in the winter and cool and airy in the summer. Security, aesthetics and performance are easily combined, exactly what is required from any door and window project.

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Take a look at the extra Georgian bar glazing above the doors – it’s the attention to detail that really enhances this project

At the front of the property, the client wanted to create a truly grand entrance using intricate brickwork and a high security door that would add both style and grandeur. The decision to opt for an oversize, Georgian panel door in gloss black perfectly complements the Georgian windows and French doors.

As an extra level of security, the door features a multi-point locking system with state-of-the-art fingerprint recognition. And, with its bespoke, single door knob in brushed steel, the new front door looks infinitely stylish.

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Creating a luxurious entrance with this oversize traditional panelled door with bespoke ironmongery

Finally, we also designed and installed a high security side door in the same finish but with a Georgian bar glazed panel in the top section. This door also includes bespoke ironmongery, multi-point locking and an external security shutter for extra security protection.

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The attention to detail continues with the side security door – half glazed with Georgian bars

If you’re considering changing the doors and windows in your home, or you’re embarking on a renovation or new build property project, please feel free to contact us on 0207 859 4207 [email protected] and we’ll see how we can help with a free site visit and consultation.

Edwardian, Georgian or Victorian – what’s your favourite home style?

New build, modern homes are great but there are three distinctive styles of classical architecture here in the UK that epitomise grand periods of history, conjuring up images of time gone by. So, if you’re a fan of older properties, what’s your favourite classical home style – is it Edwardian, Georgian or Victorian?

Each of the three periods has its own distinctive, yet subtle, characteristics and homes pertaining to each style can be found in many of our big cities and towns with some displaying some prime examples. Let’s look at some of the key features of each and share some our own favourite door designs that are available from Secure House and reflect all the iconic designs for each era.

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Georgian style

The Georgian period occurred from around 1710 to 1830. It gets its name from the fact that no less than four British kings named George reigned during this time. London and the Cotswolds both have a wide variety of beautiful examples of Georgian homes. Walk around Regent’s Park in the capital and visit Lansdown Crescent in Bath and take a step back in time to imagine what life was like in these luxurious homes.

Everything about Georgian houses is big and generous. Huge floor to ceiling, symmetrical windows and a fan window over the door will give this style away. Think grand, think scale, think spacious, think light & airy, these homes are some of the most popular amongst buyers according to estate agents, us Brits love their grandeur, columns and clean lines.

Here are some examples of some Georgian-style doors:

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Victorian style

Dating from 1830 to 1900 in line with the time Queen Victoria was on the throne, Victorian style encompasses several of the features associated with Georgian style, namely large columns and symmetry. It is, however, the addition of renaissance and Gothic touches that underline Victorian architecture.

From pointed or arched windows, porches and doors with wooden trim on roof edges, to the use of iron and glass and intricate interior design and decoration, the Victorian style is a little more complex and detailed than its Georgian predecessor.

Here are some examples of some Victorian-style doors:

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Edwardian style
Influenced by the Arts & Crafts movement of the 1900s, Edwardian architecture was at its height from 1901 to 1918 during the reign of King Edward VII.

During the early 1900s, Britain began to experience further industrialisation and the general population began to increase which demanded a new housing stock extending out of the towns and cities. Thus, the Edwardian style house was born and heralded a new era which was greener than ever before.

Perhaps one of the easiest ways to spot an Edwardian house is from its beautiful bay and sash windows, a look that is desired and recreated by many homeowners today. Smaller than Georgian and Victorian homes, columns continue to be a specific feature, but timber-cladding is part of the style now rather than full brick and doors and windows often also include smaller panes of glass for the first time.

Here are some examples of some Edwardian-style doors:

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1920s and 1930s style doors

Back in 1910 when Edwardian style was at its height, the Art Deco period began. Bold, straight lines, symmetrical boxes, mirrors and striking design touches such as arched glazed panels with stained glass inlets, Art Deco was and still an extremely popular interior and exterior home decorating choice.

Art Deco front doors are timeless classics and are often selected for homes in conservation areas as well as more modern properties, they are hugely versatile and will complement any property.

Here are some examples of some 1920s and 1930s-style doors:

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