six doors fit for a century home

August 29, 2012

Hi there! My name is Ashley and I write about the restoration, renovation, and decoration of an old brick farmhouse over at First Home Dreams. It’s a slow process – bringing a home into the 21st century while maintaining its original charm can be tedious and involve a lot of research, especially when original fixtures have been removed and replaced with run-of-the-mill big box store alternatives.

Such is the case with our front door. What was once a gorgeous piece of architecture, is now a poorly made door, too small for the original opening.

Ontario is full of gorgeous century homes, many of them in the same predicament as ours. From four squares, to Craftsman bungalows, to the frilliest of Victorians, choosing the right reproduction door can have a huge impact on your restoration (or even provide old house charm to a new build!). Here are six front door styles that would make great choices.

vestibule restoration Old Town Home Vestibule restoration, Old Town Home

4 panel glazed door
4-panel glazed door, Stained Glass Studio

craftsman door
Craftsman front door, Arts and Crafts Homes

victorian entry door Entrance door restoration, The Dusty Victorian

dutch door Dutch door, Houzz

wood farmhouse door with transom Wood farmhouse door, Fieldstone Windows

Which style is your favourite?

Contact us for information about doors or windows.


  1. Comment by Melanie

    Melanie Reply August 29, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I’m a huge fan of that dutch door!

    • Comment by Ken Simpson

      Ken Simpson Reply August 29, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Melanie, wood doors are great. They have so much versatility.

    • Comment by Ken Simpson

      Ken Simpson Reply August 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      Ashley did a great job on the post. The last door is one which we installed. Glad you like it.

  2. Comment by Lisha @ 1house1couple

    Lisha @ 1house1couple Reply August 29, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Hi Ashley, those are awesome doors. How sad that your front door is ideally too small for the space… Awesome doors in this post as good examples of what should be used. I really love the craftsman style door (probably because I love crasftsman style houses!)


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