They’re Not Just For Farmhouses Anymore
When most homeowners in the Orange County area think of dutch doors, they picture idyllic scenes of farmhouses out in the central valley, but that reality is changing quickly. Old answers are solving modern problems, and the venerable dutch door is one such old answer that is becoming increasingly popular throughout the area.
If you aren’t sure of the definition, dutch doors are entry doors with two halves that swing independently. Meaning the top half of the door can be open while the bottom half still blocks the opening. There are many reasons to have a door like this on your home, but we’ll be discussing just the top two today.
1) That Orange County Breeze
We all know that between noon and 1 pm, that wonderful coastal breeze kicks in, and entry doors start flying open all over the county to let it in. And boy, does that breeze make our homes feel great inside.
But, your home is then protected either by nothing but faith in your neighbors or a flimsy screen door.
Kids can run in and out freely and in complete silence, and so can our four-footed friends – those tame or wild. This is something modern folks would file under “Bad Scenario.”
But with a dutch door, all you need to do is leave the bottom half closed and locked to enjoy the best of both worlds. You still get that wonderful breeze through your home without all that unsupervised travel in and out by small critters (two-footed or four) to interrupt your day.
And when it comes to those of the six-legged and winged variety, retractable screens are available that stay out of the way until you need them.
For even more security, you can have your dutch door split ⅔ of the way up and open only the smaller top section to the breeze.
2) The Delivery Bonanza
Our world has reached a point where not only can you get almost anything delivered in under two days, but almost everyone does so multiple times a day. While extremely convenient, this new reality has impacted neighborhood security.
Just a few years ago, if a stranger approached your home, there was a good chance that one of your neighbors would be keeping a sharp eye out for strange behavior.
Nowadays, unless that person is visibly armed, your neighbors won’t even bat an eye. Add to that the gig economy and its near non-existent standards for the people they hire to deliver their products, and you take a very real risk every time you open your door to accept a package.
Gosh, if there were only a way to accept your packages while keeping a barrier between you and the delivery driver, you’d feel much safer.
Enter the dutch door.
With a dutch door, you can open just the top to accept your deliveries while leaving the bottom firmly closed AND locked to block entry. If you so choose, you can even have a small shelf on the lower section to hold your box while you sign the receipt.
Being able to leave the bottom of your door secured vastly increases your personal security when meeting a stranger at your door, and feeling secure is a big part of being happy.
If you want to increase your sense of security while still being able to enjoy the afternoon breeze through your Orange County home, contact us at Today’s Entry Doors for a free consultation. Just wait until you see our mobile showroom!