When building a home, there are always wishlist items and the items you can actually make happen. Both Johnny and I love the look of an iron door. We both knew from the beginning it would blend together the classic shape of our home and the modern look we ultimately wanted. I’m so excited to work with Pinky’s Iron Doors to bring our our vision to life for our transitional home.
The front door can really change the look of your house. It’s usually one of the first things people see when they come up to your home. We wanted our curb appeal to make a bold statement. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to add value to our first home, too! Here’s how to give your home a luxury look with an iron door that’s affordable and beautiful.
WHY WE LOVE IRON DOORS
There are a handful of reasons we love the look of iron doors. They are elegant and built to last a lifetime. Our contractor who helped us with the installation joked how this door would be here much longer than we would, maybe even the house itself. Plus, iron doors are usually paired with glass so you can get more natural light into your home. We’ve noticed a big difference in how much more natural light is in our entryway.
FINDING OUR PERFECT IRON DOOR
I stumbled upon Pinky’s Iron Doors Instagram account a long time ago, probably years ago and instantly fell in love. I love the look of their doors because they are modern and sleek. It’s so exciting getting to work with a brand I’ve admired for years and to finally see their door on our house!
We got the Air 19 Iron Door with Low-E glass and a screen. Low-E, or low-emissivity, glass is really great for keeping your home insulated because UV light and heat are reflected out while any indoor cooling or heat is kept inside. Natural light passes through like normal. Another reason we love our iron door is depending on the angle, the glass is reflective, which is why you’ll see either me or Johnny in some of these shots. Our front door only opens to our entryway and nothing else can really be seen so we aren’t too concerned about privacy. The reflective glass definitely helps though.
Something really cool about our iron door is how you can open the glass and let fresh air into your home while keeping the door locked. I can already picture us doing this in the fall and spring. I love fresh air and the screen we added to our door will keep any bugs out, too. There are two knobs on the inside of the door you can turn and after that, the glass portion of the door slides open. In these photos, we don’t have the screen in, but make sure you watch our YouTube video to see it in action!
I’ll be honest: iron doors can be expensive. I called around local iron door manufacturers and they were quoting me two times the cost of Pinky’s prices. It was much more affordable to get the door from Pinky’s, pay the freight shipping and a contractor $700 to install than to get it sourced elsewhere. Plus, we really love the look of our door and really appreciate a more hands-on approach.
THE FINAL TOUCHES
From the very beginning, we knew we wanted this door. When we went to the design center, we didn’t upgrade our door knowing this was the plan all along. The black iron door would perfectly match our black trim and pop against our painted white brick. I go in-depth on all the finishes we chose for our transitional home in this blog post.
You’ll need to purchase an exterior door lock set to go with your door and after a little bit of research, I went for an aged brass finish. I love the look of this sleek aged brass lock because it’s substantial but modern. It also matches the cabinet hardware inside our home and really pulls the look together. It’s also hefty, which we needed since our iron door is quite heavy.
The lock can also play a big part in the aesthetic of the door. We really wanted something that’ll pop, which is why we went with brass versus black or oil-rubbed bronze. Plus, it’s so easy to keep clean and will last over time.
A FEW THINGS WE LEARNED
Johnny and I are big believers you can learn something from every experience and we certainly did here. Here are a few takeaways!
- Measure twice – On Pinky’s website right above the door size, there is a learn-more button where they explain how their doors are measured. Let’s just say Johnny and I messed up here. Fortunately, our contractor is talented and was able to make up for this. Plus, better if it’s a little too small rather than too big!
- The doors are so heavy – Our door on the palette fresh off the freight truck weighed 560 pounds. It took five men to get it off and onto our patio. One trick we learned was to separate the door itself, which is the heaviest part, and the jamb or the door frame. By separating these two off the palette, it’s easier to move versus moving them together.
- Be prepared – Pinky’s offers so many resources when you buy their door, sending installation guides, videos and more. They are based in California and encourage you to find a contractor you trust to install your door. However, they have very specific instructions so it’s important to be prepared and read their instructions.