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Adding vintage style to a modern home

June 14th 2017

Lorna Knightingale lives in a 5 bed detached house based in picturesque Rhondda Cynon Taf, South Wales, with her husband and three sons. 

The Nightingales bought the house from new and their PVCu door had been in place since then. After putting up with it for as long as possible, Lorna felt that it was the right time to update it.

Our home is approaching its eighteenth year, so I decided that I wanted to update and maintain the overall appearance both internally and externally.  The old front door had served us well but it was so outdated and was looking a bit drab. It was time to put it to rest.

Feeling Safe and Secure

Having a young family Lorna wanted the replacement door to not only be aesthetically appealing but also to have enhanced security features.

I have three little boys so I wanted a door that would be easy for them to operate as well as making us all feel secure in our home. When researching different types of composite doors I was impressed by the additional security features that Solidor offered like the Ultion lock cylinder which is fitted to every door.

Lorna contacted local firm BWM Ltd to help with the survey and installation of the Solidor

BWM were so efficient! They provided us with a brochure and answered all of our questions. They were so well-informed about the Solidor product range.  I’m thrilled with the service we received.

Choosing that perfect style

The Solidor range of timber core composite doors is a perfect choice any style conscious homeowner wanting to give their entrance a makeover.  

Every Solidor is handcrafted right here in the UK, comes in 20 exciting colour options and over 50 beautiful designs.

Lorna wanted a door style and colour that suited the warm brickwork of her home and was immediately drawn to the Edinburgh door.

The Edinburgh looked fantastic. I loved that it features two elongated glass units because they would allow a lot of light in to the hall & I that I could maintain privacy by going for obscure glass units.

I was so impressed with the colour selection available from Solidor. It’s far superior to any other composite door supplier that I’d looked at.

After a lot of deliberation me and my husband finally chose Chartwell Green and we love it. With the traditional furniture it gives the door a real vintage look.

The new door has changed the appearance of their property and Lorna is over the moon with the final result.

I love how much easier it is to get into the house with the children and my shopping bags.  I don’t have to push my door after I open it with a key, I just push the handle down and I’m in. It’s so simple.

 We’ve so many compliments from our neighbours.  Our new Solidor is stunning and we’re really proud of it.


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