Basement and Cellar Door Options
It is certainly important for a basement door to protect a basement from outdoor elements, but there is also room for style when choosing a door for your space.
By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik
Choosing a basement or cellar door seems like a simple enough decision, but there are some things to consider, from security to style.
If a basement is accessed only from within the home, then a standard, pre-hung door works best for ease of installation. Pre-hung doors come with the frame, hinges, doorknob and door in a single piece and you can paint them any color to match your scheme. With an interior door, a doorknob lock is probably all that's necessary for security, unless you're storing high-value items.
If your basement has an exterior door, and security is your top priority, a metal door with a deadbolt may be your best option. Go for one without a window to further decrease the chance of break-in.
The downside of a windowless, metal door is that it doesn't let in light. If you'd like to brighten your basement, consider a sliding glass or French door. While less secure than a metal door, there are still excellent options for security and energy efficiency. They also provide a welcoming exit to a patio or outdoor lawn area.
See also: Doors Buying Guide
Kitchen Island Countertop Considerations
Perhaps the most important aspect of choosing a kitchen island is the countertop. Decide what material and shape will work best for your area.
Learn about different types and use our checklist to see if this independent structure will work for you
Choosing Kitchen Countertops
Granite or laminate? Get tips on how to find the right surface for your remodel.
Kitchen Island Carts
Mobility is just one factor that makes a kitchen island cart a flexible option for your space.
There are more options for your addition than those rolls of pink fiberglass
Precast Foundation Walls
Save time and money with these guidelines for building a warmer, drier basement.
Top Six Exterior Siding Options
Pull the look of your home together by choosing the right siding material.
Designing a Roof Addition
Consider these four options so the new portion of your roof matches the original one
Old Kitchen Cabinets
Learn about all of the different options for refinishing or recycling old cabinets to bring you a new look your kitchen.
Kitchen Island Cabinets
Add the finishing touches to your storage space with these tips for choosing kitchen island cabinets.
Subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest trends and expert advice delivered to your inbox.
We're serving up the latest news, gorgeous style, crafty DIY projects, clever entertaining tips and more. Consider these your design digests.