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7 things you should do when choosing joinery for your home

Article by Homes to Love

Joinery plays a big role in how your house feels. This step-by-step guide will make it easy to choose the right windows and doors for your new home

A step-by-step guide to selecting joinery

The joinery you choose for your new home will have a huge impact not only on how your finished spaces look, but also how they feel and function. Kiwi company Vantage Windows & Doors has been making quality windows and doors for more than 45 years, and their joinery is found in more New Zealand homes than any other brand. Here’s their guide to getting it right.

1. Consider how you’ll live in your home

Think about how you want your new house to function. The life stage are you at, whether you have children living at home, and whether you spend a lot of time entertaining guests outdoors are all factors to consider when choosing joinery.

2. Decide what you want your home to look like

Find examples of windows and doors that you like. Look through home and lifestyle magazines and websites. Browse the Vantage Inspiration Gallery online and save your favourite house images, colours, styles, configurations and hardware.

3. Find out what your options are

Once you have identified your priorities and style, you can choose windows, doors and hardware to suit your project. Vantage offers a wide range of solutions for all homes, from entrance doors to windows, sliders, bi-folds and thermally efficient products. Consider Vantage’s ThermalHEART or Klima Series technology, or passive ventilation systems to create a warmer, healthier home.

Look at different format and configuration options to find what best suits your needs. For example, if you are considering awning windows but they will project out over a walkway and deck when opened, consider using a sliding window in these places. Or if you have an amazing view you might choose over-the-wall sliding doors to enjoy the views without obstruction.

4. Choose your colours

Think about the palette of colours and materials you’ve used elsewhere in your home and choose joinery in a colour to complement these. Consider a statement colour for your front door – it’s a great way to personalise your home and can be bold or subtle to suit your style.

5. Choose your handles and other hardware

Your hardware choice completes the look and function of your windows and doors. Will a contemporary or classic style work best with the look of your home? Do you prefer squared-off or rounded designs? Do you want it to blend in or be a focal point? Vantage offers four hardware ranges so you can colour-match to your window and door frames for a unified look, or use a contrasting colour or a stainless steel or anodised finish to make a statement.

6. Choose the kind of glass you want

Double glazing keeps your house warmer and drier in winter and cooler in summer, while also dampening sound and reducing the UV light entering your home. You can optimise the thermal efficiency of your home by choosing a performance glass, or by using Argon gas or a thermal spacer in your double glazing. If there are areas of your home where you’d like increased privacy, consider tints, switchable glass or privacy glass.

7. Ask the experts

For more personalised advice, contact your local Vantage manufacturer.

Get the look

Here’s what Oliver and Ella chose for the My New Home house:

Metro Series sliding doors are used in the main living area, the main bedroom and Etta’s bedroom to take advantage of the home’s view. The largest are the 7.6m-wide living area doors, which connect the space to the deck. A large sliding window in the dining area floods the living spaces with light throughout the day. Oliver and Ella added opening windows above the bedroom sliding doors to allow ventilation and give the appearance of taller doors.

The Metro series doors achieve the desired 2.4m height and also have a clean, flat surface for a contemporary look. To continue the modern look the family finished the joinery in Matt Black powdercoat, with colour-matched Urbo hardware.

A large plasma entrance door greets visitors and the Mannex Karaka colour hints to the mangrove view behind the door. The digital lock from Assa Abloy allows easy keyless entry. Low emissivity performance glass from Metro Glass improves the thermal performance of the windows and doors.

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