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Making a Grand Entrance: Choosing an Entry Door with Sidelights

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If your front door is feeling a bit blah and boring, dress it up with some sidelights. Find out more on Sidelight doors and upgrading your home exteriorIf 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. For those looking to make their home look as classy as they can, installing sidelights alongside the entry door is a great option. It can make an otherwise ordinary entry way look truly grand. It lets in lots of natural light, allows 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. If you choose two, the doorway will end up quite wide so you’ll need to do plenty of measuring to make sure that it will fit into your space. Sometimes just one sidelight will do the trick. Be certain to make sure there won’t be any obstructions in the way of the door opening, such as a staircase or closet. Take into account how adding sidelights might skew the way your door opens. If your entryway is free and clear, then 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 of the length and then 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 obscured. You can also choose to add a transom to the top of the door and across the tops of the sidelights for a full, grand look. This is an additional decorative window that brings in even more light and makes your entryway stand out with even more flare.

For a classy entryway with sidelights, contact Peak Custom Remodeling for a quote!

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