More often than not, costs dictate our purchases and this fundamental design enhancement is left to the last minute. Doors are far too often just specified by their opening or stated on the drawing ‘to owner’s specification’, yet the design implementation and enhancement one can achieve is enormous. Budgets tend to make one use hollow-core doors for the interior, but consider the use of supawood moulded or solid timber doors as they are stronger, soundproof and more aesthetically pleasing. Quality doors and fittings not only work better, but also last longer and add distinction.
As Africans we tend to be unaware of the variety of woods available. Meranti is the most common, but other suitable material to consider is Maple, Sapele, Rose wood, Oak, Iroko, imbuia, Rhodesian Teak and Beech.
Doors comprise two different types, namely flush and panel. Doors with glass inserts are referred to as ‘lights’, i.e. sidelights. Patio doors, incorporating sliding and French doors are the traditional methods for transition between indoor and outdoor living spaces. They serve a dual purpose, windows, light and ventilation. Stable doors are still preferred in the kitchen environment as they allow the free flow of air and increase the interior light levels whilst being able to keep small children indoors