Your Front Door Is Functional But Is It Aesthetic? Buildings have moveable structures used for functionality and aesthetics. The door is one such structure. The door is a movable structure used to open or close.  Door hinges on one side open away from door frame in one direction. Doors allow entrance and exits of people, sunlight and ventilation.

For the inhabitants, doors allow privacy, security and safety. The aesthetic role gives an impression of what lies beyond the door. There are door accessories. These accessories can be noted as works of art and just as elaborate as the door. The door knocker and bell signal to dweller within that someone wishes to enter. Door guards give additional security to homeowners. Door handles open a door. Door styles vary from modern, contemporary, country, traditional, eclectic, Mediterranean and etc. Remodeling thousand of dollars can be spent on the front door.

Egyptian paintings of tombs are the first records of doors. Because of the dry Egyptian climate the doors did not warp and were not framed. In other ancient climates, it was necessary to frame the door. King Solomon’s temple doors were made of olive wood carved and overlaid with gold. Metal doors are good examples of Roman’s metal work. During the Renaissance in Italy gave more artistic endeavor to doorways than doors. Conversely, France and German doors were elaborately carved. Commoners during these periods were not concerned with aesthetics but door functionality.

Presently homeowners are concerned with front door functionality but realize the aesthetics a door and door accessories can add to a home beauty. Condominium and townhouse owners are restricted by HOA rules concerning front door requirement. Single-family homeowners have no restrictions. Doors can be selected based on the homeowner’s taste and style. Doors leave a lingering image of the inhabitants of a home. I have a fascination with doors. They express artistry, cultures and periods in time.