Georgian Front Doors
Georgian architecture is dated from between 1720 and 1840, the era which saw the first four British monarchs of the House of Hanover rule: George I, George II, George III and George IV.
The Georgian style of architecture was largely classical - featuring simple box shaped buildings, one or two storeys and most commonly two rooms deep. The designs used strict symmetrical arrangements, often with a central front door that had small rectangular windows either above it or within it to allow light in. Around the door were decorative pilasters (columns that were built into the wall) topped with an elaborate crown or entablature.
Due to the amount of decoration used on the building, Georgian front doors were kept plain and smart. Mostly they were solid panelled front doors but sometimes there were small square windows in the top, as mentioned before.
The windows is Georgian buildings were multi-paned, square and always singular (they were never paired). They were placed evenly and coincided with the rest of the buildings symmetrical features. Windows were often blocked out to avoid high costs due to the window tax that existed in the 18th century, and many Georgian houses still have blocked up windows today.
Cornices were used to crown the building, and decorative mouldings such as dentilwork (square or rectangular blocks evenly spaced) were used to embelish these. Cornices were not only decorative, they were also used to keep rainwater away from the building before gutters and other drainage systems existed.
Georgian terraces were either built in straight rows, in large curves or in square blocks which were built around a central garden area. They were often three storeys high, with the most important floor being the first storey, where the windows were built the tallest. The walls between each terrace were built thick to comply with legislations created after the Great Fire of London, which sought to prevent fires spreading, as well as to support large chimney stacks.
Buying a new front door for your Georgian period property is relatively easy. Many companies offer solid panelled doors that would suit the style of your home well. uPVC doors may look out of place, but both wooden doors and composite doors would be fine. Composite doors have the appearence of a wooden door, and the feel due to the grained outer skin, but they have many more benefits. They are often cheaper, more thermal, easier to maintain and longer lasting. Wooden doors require repainting or restaining to keep them protected from the weather and prevent rotting. Composite doors do not require any maintenance to keep them protected and looking good. They are high quality doors, built to look good, function well, protect your home, keep the weather out and last.
Our Westminster composite door is the perfect front door for your Georgian period home. It features six solid panels (four rectangular, two square), and it comes with the option of having the top two square panels glazed. It comes with many other options you can choose to suit you - six colours, three hardware finishes and many glass designs.
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