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Sidelight Doors

If you’re in the middle of building a house or remodeling an existing home, at some point, you’ll need to choose a new front door. Installing sidelights alongside the entry door is an excellent option for those looking to make their home look as classy as possible. A front door with sidelights can make an otherwise ordinary entryway look truly grand; they let in lots of natural light, allow you to see outside, and even gives your favorite furry friend a place to watch the great outdoors. Here are a few ways to make this combination work for your style (for more information, contact us).

One or Two Sidelights

You’ll first need to determine if you want one or two sidelights. Sometimes just one sidelight will do the trick. If you choose two, the doorway will end up quite wide, so you’ll need to do plenty of measuring to ensure it will fit into your space. Consider how adding sidelights might skew the way your door opens and ensure no obstructions, such as a staircase or closet, interfere with it. If your entryway is free and clear, your door should open just fine, no matter which combination you choose.

Half, Three-Fourths, or Full

Sidelights come with varying window lengths. You can have a sidelight that extends for half the door’s length and continues with the wood frame to the ground. Or the glass can run three-quarters of the way with the rest in wood. Or the window can fill up the sidelight nearly to the ground with just a small wood frame around it.

Design and Transoms

The great thing about sidelights is their design and style flare. You can choose all kinds of windows, from decorative to plain to obscure. You can also add a transom window to the top of the door and across the tops of your front door with sidelights for a grand look. A transom is an additional decorative window that brings in even more light and makes your entryway stand out with flare.

For a classy entryway with sidelights, contact your local door contractor, Peak Custom Remodeling, for a quote!


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