The Devil is in the Details

Details distinguish mediocre design from great design. And when it comes to interiors, details are usually what consume most of your budget. But sometimes you just need to splurge for design’s sake. This time, I’m talking doors. In particular doors from Modernus, a San Francisco based company who offers doors built in Italy (factory direct prices, 1/16” precision in about 10 weeks).

Doors tend to be afterthoughts in homes. They’re usually there when you move in and reflect the existing architecture. Rarely do you think of changing them and more often you just replace the front door lockset. But what a difference doors can make in changing the focal point or impression of a room, particularly for a contemporary home. (On a side note, I almost always upgrade door handles during renovations with better styled and more substantial hardware. It is a small budget change which always makes a big difference.)

But if you can afford to replace the whole door, one product of note from Modernus is their flush door. It is designed for American drywall thickness and has a recycled aluminum frame. They offer a dramatic way to enhance transitions between rooms as well as make spaces appear larger and more continuous.

The flush door is an architect’s dream, yet a contractor’s nightmare. Door casement moldings (in addition to being style defining) hide gaps between drywall and the door frame. They make construction quick and easy. When there are no moldings, installation time, effort and costs all increase exponentially. But it is that level of attention to detail that you will notice and appreciate. And with a door like the Modernus flush version, it is one way to make your contractor happy while bringing more style to your home.

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2 Responses to The Devil is in the Details

  1. Jeni Quigg says:

    The Devil has me already with these doors! Lust! (is that number 3 sin or..?)

  2. David says:

    Strange that fine design always seems to require a certain amount of money. But another way to look at it perhaps is that someone must be paid for spending their time and energy actually creating the beauty. Not much different than any other artist. 🙂

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