Make a memorable statement with the door you choose for your home

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Farmhouse style has come a long way since its start with Old MacDonald. Today, you’re just as likely to find it expressed in an urban and suburban home as in the countryside. Over the years, the style has definitely evolved. New versions have been dreamt up, creating a spectrum spanning traditional farmhouse to more modern interpretations.

Despite the variety, there are a number of features that farmhouse-inspired designs do share in common. Start with the front door — it’s how you set the tone for your home’s design. There are several options that set farmhouses apart. Many people choose to incorporate an old favorite: the Dutch door.

The style has been an American staple since the 17th century. With its two independent sections, the Dutch door won fans as much for its novel look as its functionality. By opening just the top half, for example, homeowners enjoy greater natural light and fresh air to enter the house. It was and remains an effective way to connect to the outdoors while keeping children in and animals in or out. Other devotees point to its utility as a spot to park cooling pies or casseroles and the nice open sightline it offers through the home.

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