To get that modern stylish look, we decided to divert some funds to the purchase of a new main door. However, the standard doors available were not to our liking as they were too traditional with the usual patterned carvings or painted wood design. Thus, we went to a door manufacturer to customise our own door according to our design. We met Jonas from Contat Decor and Transportation who was very friendly and provided good service, explaining to us what went into making a door and showing us all the door parts, material and designs available. Over 3 trips, we discussed with him our requirements and spend time with him discussing the different parts of the main door from the wood lamination to the lockset to the handles etc.
(Above) Chrome and stainless steel pull handle. We chose area of pull handle where we will be grabbing to be in matte finish so that there won't be smudging and fingerprints. The top and ends of the handle where we don't usually touch, we left in chrome to give it a classy look.
We spent about 780 dollars on the entire main door, doorframe and the door parts such as the lockset, handles etc ( we took the more expensive route of equipping the door with YALE branded items instead of cheaper Taiwanese or China sourced locksets for security and reliability ). It was a worthwhile splurge for us as we feel it complements the contemporary modern look of our apartment. You can contact Jonas at 64425270 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Door material : Single-Leaf solid veneer
Wood type : Fancy Dark Oak 816 ( greyish-light brown coloured )
Standard items : 3 Stainless steel hinges / 1 Magnetic stopper / Installation and Laquer /
1 eye viewer piece
Additional items : 1 set Mah Stainless steel Chrome Plated Door Lock / 1 set Yale 521 Roller Lockcase 60mm / 1 set Yale 70mm T-T anti-drill locking cylinder with 5 anti duplicate keys/
1 set Yale Key Covers / 1 set Chrome/Stainless steel Pull Handles ( 25diameter x 450mm) /
1 piece Etech solid chrome Door Guard ( Below pictured)
(Above)The MAH Door locking knob for the Yale Anti-drill locking cylinder to enable locking and unlocking of the door. Advantage is easy to lock by just twisting knob instead of having to insert key to lock from inside and the door will never slam shut on you with your keys inside the house. However , this means you cannot slam shut the door so you will have to remember to use the key to lock the door when leaving your house. Normal doors will just slam shut.
We changed the HDB aluminium framed gates to galvanized wrought iron ones which are supposedly stronger and better lasting than the usual aluminium gates. Through a recommendation of one of our friend, we sought the services of SPECSMETAL which specialized in quality galvanized wrought iron gates. We liked their strong focus on customising, quality gate parts and prompt service. Their gates are pricier than others but you do get quality products for your money, which is about $550 per gate on average. You can check out their quality focus on http://www.metalfoundry.com.sg/promo.htm
We specified for horizontal wood panelling (above) on the gate since our main door was slim as vertical lines will make the door look even smaller. If you are changing the main door like us, do look for a gate design and colour that will complement.