How to Make Your Door More Secure

Your home’s front door is without doubt the most important piece of furniture you own. Without it, any burglar would be able to stroll right into your home.

But if your door is old or low quality, it might not do much to keep out intruders – so what are the best ways to make your front door more secure

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Upgrade Your Lock

Lock technology is constantly evolving, and making doors more resistant to attack. 

This is great news for homeowners – provided they’re willing to invest in an upgrade. 

Owners of older euro cylinder locks should be aware that intruders can simply snap the lock off with a tool, and open the door in five seconds flat. To avoid this, shop for a replacement high-security lock – one that comes with a TS007 kite-mark and three stars, or one which complies with the SS312 diamond standard. These should be fitted by a trained locksmith. 

Replace Your Door

If your door could potentially be kicked off its hinges, then it won’t be secure no matter how much you invest in locks. A kick-proof door is rarely made from uPVC, as those plastic panels can be easily broken with a boot (or a power-tool). If you’re worried about thieves trying to enter your home this way, you’ll need a door made from something a little more substantial.

A typical upgrade to a uPVC door would be an engineered or solid wooden door. These tend to cost more than uPVC doors, as they’re more difficult to manufacture, but as with most things in life, you get what you pay for.

Engineered doors tend to fare better than solid timber doors. That’s because an engineered door consists of a core made from many different lengths of wood, covered on both sides by a large, thin sheet of wood. This makes the door more affordable, and more resistant to warping. We’ve covered the difference between the two at length in this article.

The sturdiest doors tend to be composite doors. These are made from a mixture of woods, metals and plastics, and they strike a balance between weight and strength.That said, they’re not cheap, and they lack the distinctive finish of a real wooden door.

Fit a Deadbolt

Ideally you’ll want two locks on your front door – a spring-loaded lock, and a deadbolt. That way if one fails, you have the second lock as a backup. Adding a night latch will make your door even more secure.

Deadbolts got their name because they can only be moved by turning the key. The locks don’t contain a spring, so won’t return to their original position when you remove the pressure. The addition of a deadbolt can make a door twice as secure with minimal expenditure. Deadbolts come in a range of designs, some of which are more effective than others.

Single-Cylinder Deadbolt

The most common variety of deadbolt is the single-cylinder. From the outside the deadbolt can only be turned with a key. On the inside, there’s a latch instead. 

Double-Cylinder Deadbolt

A double cylinder deadbolt comes with two keyholes: one on either side of the door. Each can be rotated independently to move the bolt. On the downside, doors with double-cylinder deadbolts cannot be used as emergency exits when locked.

Horizontal Throw Deadbolt

A horizontal-throw deadbolt has a bolt that moves (you guessed it) horizontally. They can be either built into the door, or surface-mounted on the interior. They’re commonly used on wooden doors.

Vertical Throw Deadbolt

This type of deadbolt works a little bit differently. It comes with a small doorknob that can be worked up and down to move a vertical pin through a series of holes. They’re not the prettiest of locks, and they overlap the side of the door slightly, but they work well. 

Lengthen Your Door’s Set Screws

If you think your door is at risk of being kicked in, you can strengthen it by replacing the set screws that hold the strike-plate with something longer. 

Set screws are typically less than an inch long, but if you replace them with three-inch screws, the door becomes instantly more resilient. When a door is kicked in, the point of failure is typically the bolt ripping through its surroundings. If the strike plate is securely fastened, then this becomes impossible. 

Be Mindful of Glass

Nearby glass surfaces are vulnerable to being smashed, giving burglars a way into your home. You can strengthen these weak points by upgrading to tempered glass, or installing bars over it. 

Alternatively you could fit security film. This covers the rear of the glass so that in the event of an attempted break in, the glass remains in one piece. 

Bear in mind that this won’t prevent the glass from being shattered, but it will make it harder for a thief to gain entry through the hole.

Invest in Security Cameras

Home security cameras were once reserved for the super-wealthy, but now they’re affordable to most households. Better yet, many modern security cameras connect to your Wi-Fi and upload footage to a cloud server. 

In fact, even the sight of a front door security system provides an effective deterrent for most burglars.

How to Replace a Door Jamb

Door jambs should last for decades before needing to be replaced, but of course, accidents happen. You may be able to fix a broken door jamb using wood-filler and a bit of sanding paper, but in some cases you might have to install a new door jamb.

Read on and we’ll walk you through how to replace a door jamb – just bear in mind that if you’re going to attempt this, you’ll want the help of a volunteer (especially if you’re attempting it for the first time).

Removing a Door Jamb

Before you do anything else, you’re going to need to remove the existing jamb. 

There’s no point in measuring yet – it’s better to measure the opening rather than the old jamb, as the smallest discrepancy can lead to a door that catches on the floor, or the door lining.  

Before getting started, you’ll need to assemble a few materials. 

You’ll need:

  • A flathead screwdriver
  • A crowbar
  • Allen key
  • Hammer
  • A tape measure

Step 1: Remove the door

You can’t remove the jamb while the door’s still in the frame. 

To remove the door, pull out the hinge pins and lift the door out of its frame. You can do this by tapping them up from below using a thin Allen key and a hammer.

Make sure to leave the hinges attached to the jamb.

Step 2: Remove the trim

To access the frame, you’ll need to get rid of the trim. Work your way around the edges using your crowbar. Don’t use too much force or you risk splitting the trim in half.

Step 3: Remove the jamb

Here’s where you take out the jamb itself. It’ll be attached to the frame, either with nails or screws. If it’s the latter, use your screwdriver (or a drill with a screwdriver bit attached) to work the screws loose. If it’s nailed in place, pull out the entire jamb with your crowbar. 

Again, don’t use too much force.

How to Measure a Door Jamb

Now that you’ve removed the old jamb, you’ll need a tape measure. 

You’ll be measuring vertically, from the floor to the exposed header. Ideally, you want the two lengths to be within a few millimetres of one another. A small discrepancy might not be noticeable; a larger one will need correcting.

Next, measure the location of the hinges. You can do this using the length of jamb you’ve preserved, measuring from the end of the jamb to the centre of each hinge. Take several measurements to be sure.

Fitting a Door Jamb

To fit your door jamb, secure it into position on the hinge side first. Use screws rather than nails, as this will make it easier to adjust the jamb later on. 

You’re going to need a spirit level and a few carpenter’s shims to get the jamb totally vertical. 

You can use a set-square to ensure everything is properly aligned, before securing the jamb in place. You can then repeat the process on the other side.

Lastly, you need to attach the hinges. 

There’s quite a lot of potential for error here, so make sure your measurements are accurate, and that your hinges are going to align properly with those on the door. 

It might be that your hinge-pins don’t slide in easily at first. To compensate for this, just use your hammer (or better yet, a mallet) to force them into place (just a little bit of force is all that it takes). 

This is where your volunteer is going to come in especially handy – they can hold the door up, while you to slide it into position and drop it into the hinges. 

What is a Mortice Lock?

While it might only be a few inches from end to end, the lock on your front door is arguably the most important security feature in your entire home. 

Locks come in several varieties, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. One you’ve probably heard about is the mortice lock. These earned their name thanks to the pocket (or mortice) that the bolt slots into, which is cut into the internal face of the doorframe. When the bolt is in the mortice, the door is unable to move, and so is locked. 

Let’s take a look at how mortice locks work, and whether one would be a good fit for your front door.

mortice lockHow do Mortice Locks Work?

A mortice lock relies on a relatively large mechanism, which slots into the interior of the door. This means that the door in question must be of a certain thickness, in order to accommodate the lock. 

Inside this mechanism is a space for the bolt to retreat into, as well as a series of parallel levers which are attached to the rear of the bolt via a small piece of metal called a bolt-stop.

The cut of the key is designed to match the levers on the interior of the matching lock. If the right key is used, then all of the levers align, and the whole mechanism can be rotated to withdraw and extend the bolt. If the wrong key is used, the key either won’t fit into the lock, or it won’t catch all of the levers in the right way.

A mortice lock will also incorporate several other components. These include the strike plate, and a piece of metal surrounding the mortice. This ensures that the bolt slots straight in, rather than scuffing against the surrounding wood. 

There’s also the faceplate, which is often a separate piece of metal that attaches to the door, facing the strike plate. Finally, the escutcheon plates sit around the handle to preserve the look of the door. It serves no function beyond aesthetics.

What Type of Doors are Mortice Locks For?

Mortice locks are primarily found on external doors. They can, however, also be used on internal doors to control who has access to certain parts of the house. You might do this if, for example, you’re running a bed-and-breakfast, or you’d like to keep garage doors under lock and key for security reasons.

What’s the Difference Between a Mortice Deadlock and a Mortice Sashlock?

Mortice locks come in a few different varieties, the most common being deadlocks and sashlocks. 

Deadlocks are the simplest. They only have a keyhole, and a bolt that goes back and forth. 

Sashlocks, on the other hand, feature a handle-operated latch mechanism. This means you can open and close the door without having to use the key, but can still lock the door when you leave the building.

Are Mortice Locks Secure?

Mortice locks are popular for a good reason – they offer excellent security and reliability. But some mortice locks are more secure than others. The more levers there are inside the mechanism, the more difficult the lock will be to pick. Those with five levers or more are generally considered to be the standard mortice lock for external doors – though three-lever locks are cheaper to produce and buy, making them a good choice for internal doors. 

You can also buy seven-lever mortice locks, which are somewhat more secure than five-lever mortice locks.

The main thing to look for is a mortice lock that’s compliant with the BS3621 standard or above. This basically certifies that the lock is sturdy enough that it can’t be dismantled from the outside. Specifically, it should last for five minutes when a tester tries to drill or cut through the bolt, and the bolt will need to extend two centimetres into the mortice. Another thing to look for is the British Standard kitemark, which is the industry’s mark of quality.

The Metropolitan Police recommend combining a mortice deadlock with a double-locking nightlatch, so you have some redundancy when it comes to security. That way, if one device fails, you’ll have another to fall back on. Other police services offer similar advice.

Rear and patio doors are often targeted by thieves, as the intruder doesn’t have to try and gain entry in view of the street. These sorts of doors are generally supplied as a single unit that can’t be modified with additional locks. Modern patio doors are far more substantial than those of yesteryear, so if this is a concern, you might want to upgrade your French, sliding, or bi-fold doors.

So Should You Buy a Mortice Lock?

A mortice lock is a standard across the country, thanks to a robust and resilient design that’s stood the test of time. While the internal mechanisms will be of interest to engineers, most of us only think about our mortice locks when they stop working. Invest in one that’s of the required standard, however, and this is unlikely to happen! 

What is a Door Jamb?

Doors are pretty complicated pieces of machinery, comprising of multiple different parts – one of which is the ‘door jamb’.

Definition of a Door Jamb

Let’s start with a plain English definition of a door jamb: a door jamb consists of the posts which sit on either side of the door, forming the vertical portion of the frame.

annotated doorWhat’s the Difference Between a Door Jamb and Frame?

Simply put, the jamb is a specific part of the frame. It’s there to take the weight of the door, as well as help keep the rest of the frame square and stable. Your hinges are affixed to the jamb on one side of the door, while the bolt passes through the jamb on the other side.

Jambs aren’t just found on standard, single doors – they’re also part of sliding, folding, and double-doors, on which they serve much the same purpose.

The ‘plumbness’ of a jamb has a significant influence on the function of the door. Just a few degrees outside of 90°, and you’ll find that your door rubs against the frame, or that the bolt doesn’t properly align. If the surrounding walls aren’t entirely plumb, you can correct this with the help of a few strategically-placed shims.

It’s also crucial that the jambs are of the same height, and not too tall or too narrow – if so you might end up with excessive gaps (or no gaps at all).

Door Lites and Sidelites Explained

One of the best ways to add light and space (or a sense of space, at least) to the entrance of your home is by incorporating glass into your front door. There are, for the most part, two ways to do this:

  1. Installing glazing into the door itself.
  2. Installing glazing at the side of the door.

What is a Door Lite?

A door lite is a glass panel set inside a door. Each panel is considered a separate lite, even if they’re arranged to form a larger glass structure. 

A real lite is built into the door, though you can also find ‘faux’ lites, which are attached to the glass using snap-in grilles. The use of these devices substantially lowers the cost of manufacture, and in turn the door. This makes them a tempting option for homeowners on a budget. 

Grilles of this sort come in a range of different types, and can be arranged vertically or horizontally to suit your existing windows.

More elaborate patterns of lites can only be created if the glass is built into the door. If budget isn’t so much of a concern, it makes sense to invest in doors with real lites rather than fake ones (this is especially true when you come to sell, since it will up your property’s ‘kerb appeal’). 

What is a Sidelite?

A sidelite, on the other hand, is a window that’s designed to sit alongside a door. They’re used to create the illusion of size, and allow natural light into the home. 

On the downside, sidelites (as well as door lites, if they’re positioned low enough) allow those outside to see into the property. Stained or privacy glass can mitigate these concerns, as can curtains or blinds.

Transom Windows

Transom windows are a relation of sidelites, but instead of sitting alongsider the door, they sit just above it. Transom windows are a common feature in Victorian and Edwardian houses with higher ceilings. 

The picture below shows a door with door lites, sidelites, and a transom window.

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What Type of Glass is Used in Door Lites and Sidelites?

The glass used in sidelites is almost always toughened safety glass. It’s created using a special process which significantly increases its strength. 

Toughened glass is heated intensely and cooled rapidly, so that the interior of the panel sets at a different pressure than the exterior. This creates a differential force between the inside and the outside that needs to be overcome for the glass to shatter. What’s more, if the glass does shatter, this differential force will act like an elastic band, snapping back and shattering the window into thousands of tiny, dull chunks. This is ideal for homeowners with children or pets, that can hurt themselves on the sharp shards that standard glass breaks into.

Are Door Lites and Sidelites Secure?

One of the main reasons people cite for not installing door lites or sidelites is security. 

Of course, any areas of glass are weak points in the home – windows present similar risks and no-one’s going to live in a home without those.

That said, your property will be much more secure if door lites or sidelites are, as above, made from toughened safety glass. 

It’s also worth thinking about the positioning of the glass – ideally your door handle shouldn’t be accessible if a lite is broken.

If you’re particularly concerned about your sidelites or door lites, you might consider installing a security camera.

Major Cities and the Music They Inspire: Illustrated as Sound Waves

Music. It’s an art form that’s designed to invoke emotion, permeate the soul, and resonate beyond the words that are being said.

But what is music? Like, what is it really? A well-written song is great, but without the rhythm, tempo, and texture of sound, would we fall so madly in love with music like we do?

Looking specifically into the make-up of musical sound waves and the elements used to produce them, we discovered something rather beautiful. When in their visual form, sound waves produced through different frequencies of rhythmic sound are almost statuesque, architectural… like an imposing cityscape just waiting to be brought to life.

This got us thinking: is it possible to crossover music and architecture from a design perspective? With an elemental approach, we took a selection of songs that feature the names of different cities around the world such as New York, New York by Frank Sinatra and Freddie Mercury’s Barcelona.

Using specialist software, we were able to sample these songs, producing a visual which focused specifically on the part where the city name is mentioned. We then looked at the cities themselves, the landmarks they boast, and the unique architecture they’re famed for.

As a result, we were able to create a set of stunning illustrations that beautifully represent both the songs and the cities they pay homage to.

Barcelona

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Originally released in 1983, this Freddie Mercury song features vocals from operatic soprano Monserrat Caballé who provided the high pitched notes, complementing Mercury’s lower range vocals without fault. The haunting vocals and crashing instrumentals synonymous with grand amphitheatres and flamboyant gestures, provide the perfect timbre for a city steeped in Gothic and Medieval architecture.

London

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Some might say it’s a modern classic, but one thing is certain, this top 10 hit for Lily Allen depicts London’s diverse music scene without compromise. With a strong Caribbean influence, the smooth beats plus the high pitch interjection of trumpets during the chorus sends the sound waves soaring. Perfect for a city that is home to the neo-futurist dream and Europe’s tallest building, The Shard.

Miami

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As the song suggests, Miami “brings the heat” and this 2002 summer party classic from Will Smith certainly lives up to that. With strong Spanish and Cuban vibes, the sound waves created are smooth and deep, yet rhythmic high notes punch through to create a striking visual that’s almost reminiscent of the palm trees that line Miami’s famous Ocean Drive.

New York

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New York, New York; a Grammy award winning hit for Frank Sinatra that’s filled with optimism, positivity and the dream that New York is the place to make it happen. The city that never sleeps is a hub for opportunity and discovery. The sound waves produced are dense and wide ranging, tightly packed yet diverse, much like the city itself when viewed from across the Hudson River.

Philadelphia

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Famed for the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the home of the Liberty Bell, Philadelphia is the soul of the American dream. But the effects of capitalism are strong in Philadelphia, as depicted in this 1993 hit for Bruce Springsteen. The sound waves created by this melancholic number are shallow and largely consistent; a mindful nod to the humdrum and monotonous lives seemingly lead by a large portion of the city’s residents.

Las Vegas

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The most populated city in Nevada, Las Vegas is the epitome of fun and frivolity. Vibrant and voltaic, it’s hard not to get excited by the promise of a good time, and the titular song from Elvis Presley’s 1964 hit film mirrors this beautifully. Fast-paced and building in intensity, the sound waves created are jumpy and animated, which perfectly represent the varied and inspired landscape of this desert city.

Vienna

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A city filled to the brim with artistic and intellectual legacy, Vienna is a European powerhouse for creativity, with centuries of history in music and the arts tucked away on almost every corner. The 1980 Electropop hit for Ultravox channels the history of the city in an almost operatic fashion. With drawn out notes and high pitched vocals, they’re a stark contrast to the deep, rhythmic, drum beats that carry the song.

Why Choose Aluminium Doors?

For the most part, modern doors are made from one of three materials: timber, uPVC plastic, or aluminium. Each of these materials offers its own unique strengths. For example, a high-quality oak door might offer a distinctive look and feel that’ll complement a dining area, while the affordability and ease of maintenance offered by a uPVC door makes it a great choice for patios.

If you’re in the market for a new set of doors, you’ll need to consider factors including your budget, décor, and personal preferences. Aluminium doors are an attractive option that’s well worth considering.

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Revere Grey 3600MM Aluminium Bifold Doors

Benefits of Aluminium Doors

Aluminium Doors are Strong

Aluminium is an inherently strong material. This removes the need for extra-bulky supporting frames, and maximises how much glass can be incorporated into a single door, and how much light can enter the home.

Aluminium Doors are Easy to Maintain

While timber might need occasional re-finishing, aluminium comes powder-coated with an extra-tough finish that’ll resist nicks and scratches and look fantastic for the lifetime of the door.

Aluminium Doors Offer Good Thermal Performance

Metals are excellent at transmitting heat, which means you might write off aluminium doors as an option if you’re looking to cut your energy bills. However, aluminium door manufacturers have anticipated this and worked to resolve it by incorporating a layer of insulating material into the frame. What’s more, because the frames are so thin, the majority of the door is formed of double (or triple) glazed glass, which helps keep out the cold.

Aluminium Doors are 100% Recyclable

While environmental impact might not be at the top of most homeowner’s list of priorities, it is an area where aluminium excels. The material is 100% recyclable with no degradation, which means when your doors eventually do need replacing, they won’t end up in landfill.

Disadvantages of Aluminium Doors

We’ve looked in detail at the many benefits of aluminium doors, but they do have some disadvantages, too.

Aluminium Doors are Difficult to Customise

As mentioned, aluminium doors are powder-coated at factory level, and can’t be altered later on. That said, this is rarely an issue, as the choice of colours is considerable.

Aluminium Doors Don’t Suit All Styles of Property

While aluminium can look stunning in flats and modern homes, it often makes a poor match for period buildings. But as we’ve said, there are plenty of colours and styles to choose from – so if you do own an older house, it’s still worth considering the merits of aluminium doors.

Aluminium Doors are Expensive

There’s a reason why not everyone has made the switch to aluminium: on a door-by-door basis, the material tends to be on the pricier side, particularly when compared with uPVC. If you’re undecided between a timber door and an aluminium door then you should bear in mind that when it comes to maintenance, the cost of aluminium doors is close to nil.

Ready to shop for aluminium doors? Browse our range of Revere aluminium bi-fold doors in grey or white or our Exceed aluminium sliding doors in anthracite grey.

Why Choose Wooden Doors?

Doors today come in many shapes, sizes, colours, and of course – materials. Steel, aluminium, fibreglass and uPVC are all familiar players in the field. The type of material you choose for your door will depend on several things, not least budget, but today we urge you to consider the classic wooden door and explain why after all these years, it remains the undefeated all-round champion of doors.

Wooden Doors: Internal or External?

In short timber is ideal for both internal and external doors.

Unlike uPVC, composite, and aluminium doors, wooden doors are suitable as both interior and exterior doors. Wooden exterior doors offer strength and security whilst wooden interior doors offer a high-end feel, an easily repairable surface, and incredible durability.

We’ll discuss the benefits in more detail shortly, but it’s worth noting that teaming internal and external wooden doors can help create a more consistent, integrated appearance throughout the home.

unfinished oak veneer internal door with glass panelsWooden Doors: Solid or Engineered?

Before we get into the advantages and disadvantages of wooden doors, it’s helpful to explain that there are two main types of timber door available: solid wood and engineered wood.

Solid wood doors are made from a single piece of wood, or several pieces of the same variety of wood glued together to make a continuous, solid construction.

Engineered wood has an outer layer and an inner layer. The outer layer (or veneer) is made of a more expensive and attractive piece of wood while the inner layer is formed of cheaper woods.

As they use a smaller quantity of high quality woods, engineered doors tend to be cheaper than solid wood doors – but which door is better?

On the outside the aesthetic is very similar, but engineered doors will not warp and can be more thermally efficient. Solid wood doors on the other hand can be much simpler to repair. For more information read our article on choosing the right door for you.

fully finished oak back doorBenefits of Wooden Doors

One of the biggest benefits of a wooden front door is how great it looks. As a natural and extremely versatile building material, wooden doors come in a far wider range of designs than their uPVC, fibreglass or metal counterparts. The craftsmanship is clearly visible, which adds to the overall appeal. This appeal goes beyond just looks, however – we challenge you to find any other door material that feels (or smells!) as good as wood.

Their versatility means they can be tailored (in size, wood-type and design) specifically to your home and aesthetic, and because no two pieces of wood are exactly the same, you end up with a front door that is completely unique to you. The benefits of timber doors mean that whether you prefer light wood, dark wood, painted surfaces, tight grain, wide grain, simplicity or intricate design work, everything is possible!

One of the key advantages of wooden doors is security. Wooden doors are incredibly strong, and developments in their design and construction over their hundreds of years of manufacture mean they also last a very long time. They are one of the few door materials that can be repaired, as wood is easy to work with and a malleable material. This means a wooden door will offer you great security and reliability over its long life.

All of these things are important, but a wooden door benefits you in another way as well: wood is an excellent natural insulator. The properties of the material mean that warmth is kept in, and noise is kept out more so than with most other types of door. Plus, as long as the wood comes from a sustainable source, it’s environmentally friendly, too.

Disadvantages of Wooden Doors

You’ll have picked up by now that we’re big fans of timber, and there’s no doubt that the advantages greatly outweigh the disadvantages of wooden doors. However, we’d be doing you a disservice if we didn’t also tell you about potential problems with timber doors.

The primary disadvantage of timber doors is their cost. They sit at the luxury end of the market, and as such command a higher price than doors made from cheaper materials. However a hardwood door will need to be replaced less often, meaning you should end up spending less in the long term.

With a renewed focus on quality, efficiency, longevity and environmental care, wooden doors tick a lot of boxes when it comes to building a home that is safe, sensible, and on trend. Whilst we can’t claim that there are no problems with wooden doors, there certainly aren’t many, and the advantages are plentiful.

Start shopping for wooden external doors here, and wooden internal doors here.

How The Simpsons Predicted Everything From Pantone Colours to Donald Trump’s Presidency

Here at Aspire Doors, we stumbled across something amazing. We help people achieve their interior design dreams with our fantastic products, like our exterior bi-folding doors, which can completely revolutionise your home. Because of the products we sell, we like to keep on top of interior design trends and so on to see how our stock can stay relevant, modern and help our customers achieve cutting-edge, forward-thinking designs.

Part of keeping up to date with interior design is eagerly awaiting the esteemed Pantone Colour of the Year. Beginning in 2000, this annual tradition has cemented Pantone as the authority on all things colour.

Pantone itself was founded in 1962 as manufacturers of colour cards intended to be used by cosmetic companies. Colour swatching is now an important part of many different creative and commercial fields and Pantone certainly contributed to that when they changed direction and established their colour matching system in 1963.

Since 1963, Pantone’s colour matching system (PMS) has done wonders to further their brand voice and identity. The PMS has created a kind of standardised ‘dictionary’ of colours that can be used across projects around the world. The Colour of the Year was a hit from its first year in 2000 and continues to bolster its brand today.

Before we go into our ground-breaking discovery, let’s take a closer look at the Pantone Colour of the Year…

How is the Pantone Colour of the Year Decided?

Pantone take into account numerous factors when calculating the Colour of the Year. They take fashion, politics, product packaging, media, film, the arts, current popular travel destinations, product & industrial design, to name just a few. The colours they choose generally relate to the zeitgeist and socio-economic conditions of the moment.

Pantone will host secret meetings twice a year in various European capitals with colour representatives from around the world. Behind these secret closed doors, they will discuss and debate what the colour of the year should be. These are also decided in advance; Pantone are certainly ahead of the curve in that respect.

Our Discovery

Pantone announced their Colour of the Year for 2019. They chose ‘Living Coral’. Their official website says it is a “life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energises and enlivens with a softer edge”. It really is a gorgeous colour and upon looking down the previous champions to 2010, we noticed something amazing…

The Colour of the Year from 2010 to 2019 are all to be found and easily observed in… the iconic living room of The Simpsons family!

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That’s right – is this proof that Pantone have just been phoning it in since 2010 and these secret meetings are actually just Simpsons marathons?

The Evidence

Let’s begin with Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2013: Emerald. This hue is also the colour of the Simpsons’ carpet. In 2016, Pantone made history by selecting two shades for Colour of the Year: Serenity and Rose Quartz. Mix these together and you get the colour of the walls in the Simpsons’ living room.

2019’s Living Coral matches the skirting boards, 2018’s Ultra Violet is the colour of their television, going all the way back to 2010 where Pantone’s Colour of the Year – Turquoise – matches the colour of their telephone. From the magazine rack to the side table, rug and curtain, they all match up.

Considering the Simpsons started way back in 1989, this surely can’t be a coincidence, which begs the question…

Is Matt Groening a Time Traveller?

This discovery will undoubtedly add further fuel to the fire that Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons, is in fact a time traveller. That might sound crazy, but hear us out…

This isn’t a new theory. ‘Nostragroening’ has been accused of time travel after The Simpsons successfully predicted multiple events that didn’t take place until years after the respective episodes aired.

The Tin Foil Hat Club say he knows all this because he’s a Freemason. Considering that all you have to do is ask and pay an annual fee to be a Freemason, we won’t be putting on our hats just yet.

But this doesn’t stop the fact that The Simpsons have been strangely accurate with their ‘predictions’.

What have The Simpsons Predicted Correctly?

The Simpsons now have quite an impressive list of future predictions. Here are some of the major examples:

  • In 2000, the episode ‘Bart to the Future’ depicted Donald Trump as president, creating a national crisis. This was shared widely in Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016. No one’s laughing anymore.
  • The Siegfried & Roy Tiger attack – The Simpsons parodied the Las Vegas act Siegfried & Roy with their own Gunter & Ernst. Gunter & Ernst get mauled by a tiger in the show, which happened to the real life Siegfried & Roy ten years later.
  • In the ‘Bart to the Future’ episode, Lisa and Marge talk using video call technology like Skype or FaceTime. In fairness, it didn’t take a genius to figure out that that would eventually become possible.
  • In a 1995 episode, the Simpsons time travel again to the year 2010. People are using smartwatches. Another prediction that has now come true. Again, this wasn’t exactly a huge stretch; smartwatches were depicted in many other programmes and films way before their release.
  • In 1997, The Simpsons made a reference to an outbreak of Ebola, which very sadly was an issue that dominated the year 2014.
  • In a 2010 episode, Milhouse wagered that MIT Professor Bengt Holmstrom would win a Nobel Prize. He won a Nobel prize in 2016. Coincidence?
  • Walt Disney acquiring Fox, which happened in late 2017. This was a ground-breaking deal that is set to change the face of US media.
  • Another 2010 episode depicts Homer & Marge as a mixed doubles curling team. They come from behind to beat Sweden at the Winter Olympics. At the 2018 Winter Olympics, the USA men’s team came from behind to beat Sweden for a medal.
  • In a 2012 episode, a character that looks a lot like Lady Gaga is seen being lifted down in a harness wearing a glittery silver outfit to entertain the residents of Springfield. Fast forward to 2017, when Lady Gaga, who looks a lot like Lady Gaga, descends from the roof of the NRG Stadium wearing a glittery silver outfit for the Superbowl Halftime Show.
  • The Simpsons Movie from 2007 depicted the NSA as a mass-surveillance agency that listened in to every phone call and watched civilians everywhere. This was confirmed by the whistle-blower Edward Snowden in 2013. However, it was quite well known the US government were conducting mass surveillance, it had just never been confirmed.
  • The FIFA corruption scandal. Again, anyone with eyes could see that FIFA was/is a deeply corrupt organisation. The Simpsons aired an episode in 2014 about corruption in football and in 2015, the FIFA corruption scandal was front-page news, with arrests being made. Again, any football fan in the world could’ve told you that FIFA was and still is corrupt.
  • ‘Europe Puts Greece on Ebay’. This was a ticker that ran across the screen when Homer appears on a news programme in a 2012 episode. In 2015, Greece did default on their debts to the EU and the ticker pretty much rings true now. You didn’t have to be a clairvoyant to see this coming though.
  • Autocorrect failures. In a 1994 episode, one of the school bullies is seen using an Apple device to make a note to ‘Beat up Martin’. This is autocorrected to ‘Eat up Martha’. Anyone with an Apple device knows the necessary evil that is AutoCorrect.
  • The most eerie future prediction, the one that will really make you say ‘hmmm’, is when Homer predicts the mass of the Higgs Boson or ‘God Particle’ in 1998. 14 years before scientists at CERN built and used their Large Hadron Collider to prove the existence of the Higgs Boson, arguably one of the biggest scientific discoveries of all time, Homer Simpson can be seen at a blackboard writing an equation that accurately predicts the mass of the God Particle.
  • The Pantone Colours of the year from 2010 to 2019 – the latest addition to the list.

Admittedly, some of the above predictions could be made by anyone that pays attention to the news, but some of them are so much of a coincidence that it makes you question everything.

Is the colour scheme of the Simpsons living room a blind coincidence, or the smoking gun that reveals Groening to be a time traveller after all? Did Pantone stop using the ‘zeitgeist’ to decide their Colour of the Year in 2010 and instead just pointed to a different part of the Simpsons living room? Who knows? All we know is that we may have gotten quite carried away by this discovery.

All the “Official” Trump Towers – and one unofficial one ;)

Ah, Mr Trump. We’re pretty sure you’ve heard of him. If not, Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States of America, and well, he isn’t a very popular man…

Despite his current role as President of the United States of America, Trump’s career actually began in real estate, working for his father, Fred Trump. Fred owned a very successful real estate firm, building and selling houses for soldiers and their families in World War ll. Donald eventually took over the business, changed its name to The Trump Organization, and mostly dealt with estate investments for large apartment buildings and the Federal Housing Administration.

Almost 10 years later, Trump teamed up with the Holiday Inn, Corp., and developed a multimillion hotel and casino complex. From here, Trump soared, and now owns 12 towers under the Trump brand.

But as many of you might know, all is not as it seems in the world of Trump Towers.

While researching the real story of the Trump Real Estate Corporation, we discovered an additional 3 buildings that were either never started, cancelled or weren’t even going to be a ‘thing’.

 

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Trump Tower NYC

Trump Tower in New York City are Trump’s main headquarters. Construction of the skyscraper began in 1979 and today it contains apartments, offices, and shops. President Trump, and some of his family, are also known to reside in this building.

Facts About Trump Tower NYC:

  • The building stands at approx. 202m/663 feet
  • Has 58 floors
  • Opened in 1983
  • Cost $300 million
  • The architect/developer for the project was Der Scutt
  • Located in Manhattan, New York City, United States

Trump Towers, Istanbul

Trump Towers in Istanbul consists of 2 skyscrapers conjoined (hence the plural “towers”). One of the buildings is an office tower, and the other is residential.

Trump Towers Istanbul currently houses 200 residents, 80 shops, and a multiplex cinema.

Facts About Trump Towers Istanbul:

  • The height of the 2 buildings is approx 155m/509 feet
  • 1 of the towers has 39 floors, the other has 37 floors
  • Both towers were opened in 2010
  • Cost $300 million
  • The architect/developer for the project was Brigitte Weber Architectural Office
  • Located in Şişli, Istanbul, Turkey

Trump Towers Sunny Isles Beach, Florida

Smaller than the previous buildings, Trump Towers in Florida are still a sight to behold thanks to the 3 identical towers and contemporary architecture. All the buildings consist solely of living accommodation, housing 271 units each.

Facts About Trump Towers Sunny Isles Beach, Florida:

  • All 3 towers sit at approx. 140.5m/461 feet high
  • There are 45 floors in each tower
  • All of the skyscrapers were opened in 2008
  • Cost $900 million
  • The architect/developer for the project was Dezer Properties
  • Located in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, United States

Trump Tower White Plains, New York

Another one of Trump’s smaller skyscrapers is the Trump Tower White Plains. Construction began in 2003 and ended in 2005. This building is another accomodation-only skyscraper that upon opening, housed 212 redsidents.

Facts About Trump Tower White Plains, New York

Trump Towers Pune, India

This particular complex may have made our list, however the buildings are not owned or developed by The Trump Organization, nor has The Trump Organization funded this project.

Trump Towers Pune has an unpublic licensing deal with Trump which has given them the rights to use the name ‘Trump’ (hardly an unusual phenomenon).

Because of the unpublic nature of this deal, we’re limited with the details we can share, such as the cost, architects, and developers, but here are a few details for those interested in these 2 buildings.

Facts About Trump Towers Pune, India:

  • 2 buildings sitting at 87.93m high
  • 24 floors, all residential
  • The buildings were opened in 2016
  • Located in Pune, India

Trump Tower Manila, Philippines

Trump Tower Manila, or Trump Tower at Century City, is a residential building, and currently stands as the second-tallest building in the Philippines. Reservations for the rooms began in 2011, 6 years before the tower’s construction was completed!

Facts About Trump Towers Manila, Philippines:

  • The skyscraper sits at 280m/918.64 feet high
  • 57 floors of residential accommodation occupy the building
  • Opened in November of 2017
  • Cost $150 million
  • The architect/developer for this building was Broadway Malyan
  • Located in Metro Manila, Philippines

Trump World Tower, NYC

President Trump, and his partners, purchased a building in 1997. In ‘98  they demolished it and started to build Trump World Tower in ‘99. The skyscraper was completed 2 years later, in 2001.

Upon completion, it’s known that Trump purchased unused air rights from over 7 neighbouring low-rise properties.

Facts About Trump World Tower, NYC:

  • 262m/861 feet in height
  • 72 floors, all residential condominium
  • Opened in 2001
  • Cost $300 million
  • The architect/developer behind this build was Costas Kondylis & Partners LLP Architects, who also helped with the Trump Tower White Plains build
  • Located in Manhattan, New York City, United States

Trump Tower Punta del Este, Uruguay (not yet built)

A new tower to add to President Trump’s collection, the Trump Tower Punta del Este is currently under construction. Plans for the building were announced in 2012, with construction beginning in 2014. Under the watchful eye of Trump’s son, Eric Trump, the building is set to be completed in early 2020.

Facts about Trump Tower Punta del Este, Uruguay:

  • The building is estimated to stand at 85m/279 feet when completed
  • 26 floors have been announced, all for residential housing
  • It’s estimated to open at some point in 2020
  • Cost $120 million
  • Architect/developer working on the project is Dujovne-Hirsch & Associates
  • Located in Punta del Este, Uruguay

Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago

The Trump International Hotel and Tower sits proudly by the Chicago River. The skyscraper was, at first, announced as the tallest building in the world but due to the 9/11 attacks a few months later, Trump redesigned the building and it’s now the world’s fourth tallest.

Facts About Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago:

  • Sits at a whopping 423.20m high
  • Has 98 floors used for retail, parking, condominiums and a hotel
  • Opened its doors in 2009
  • Cost $847 million
  • Architect/developer of the build was Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
  • Located in Chicago, Illinois

Trump International Hotel and Tower, NYC

Similar to the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, the NYC version also houses a combination of hotel rooms and residential housing. This skyscraper is far shorter and doesn’t have the retail space of its Chicago sibling, but it still sits proudly between Broadway and Central Park – one of the most sort after areas in New York.

Facts About Trump International Hotel and Tower, NYC:

  • 177.62m tall
  • Consists of 44 floors, used for residential condominium and a hotel
  • Originally opened in 1971, renovated by Trump, and reopened in 1997
  • Cost $230 million (renovation costs)
  • The original architect was Thomas E. Stanley, it was then renovated by Philip Johnson and Costas Kondylis
  • Located in Manhattan, New York City, United States

Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower, Panama

This a bit of a juicy one… we’re sure Donald Trump was thrilled with the outcome of this building!

The Trump Organization ran this hotel and residential condominium under the name “Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower” for 7 years, until March 2018. At this time, a Cypriot businessman, Orestes Fintiklis, bought a majority stake in the tower and legally removed The Trump Organization from the tower. In 2015, Orestes had the name Trump removed from the building and, as recently as March 2018, had the Trump name removed from the hotel. The hotel was then renamed The Bahia Grand Panama.

Eek, bit of a blow for Donald Trump!

Facts About The Bahia Grand Panama:

  • Sits 293m high
  • 70 floors used for a hotel and residential housing
  • Opened in 2011
  • Cost $400 million
  • Architect/developer for the project was Arias Serna Saravia
  • Located in Panama City, Panama

Trump International Hotel and Tower, Vancouver

Another hotel and residential housing tower by The Trump Organization, construction on this beautiful tower in Canada started in 2012. Plans for the building began in 2009, however the project was temporarily cancelled in February 2009, with developers confirming the project would proceed in August of the same year.

Facts About The Trump International Hotel and Tower, Vancouver:

Trump Projects that Were Cancelled, Never Completed, or Never Started

Trump Towers, Rio

If this project was completed, Donald Trump would have been the proud owner of the “largest office complex in Brazil” award. Unfortunately the Trump Towers Rio was proposed and announced in 2012, with a five-tower office and mixed-use complex, but due to a lengthy wait in government approval, the project never started.

It’s been said that The Trump Organization is no longer involved with the project and a date for starting work on the site has not been confirmed.

Facts About So-Close-Yet-So-Far Trump Tower, Rio:

  • The 5 towers would have sat at approx. 150m high
  • 38 floors were proposed in all 5 towers
  • 2 of the buildings were expected to open in 2016, ahead of the city’s summer Olympics
  • Cost $2.5 billion
  • Architect/developer for this project was announced as Aflalo & Gasperini Arquitetos
  • (Would have been) located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Trump Tower, Tampa

This is a pretty simple one. Sadly, Trump Tower Tampa, which would have been visible from miles around, never commenced construction due to an economic collapse of the real estate market.

Facts About So-Close-Yet-So-Far Trump Tower, Tampa:

  • The tower would have been around 183m in height
  • 52 floors, all for residential condominium
  • Would have opened sometime in, or after, 2007
  • Cost $225 million
  • Architect/developer for this project was announced as Smith Barnes Santiesteban Architecture
  • (Would have been) located in Tampa, Florida, United States

Trump Tower, Moscow

Lastly, we have Trump Tower, Moscow. Officially, this project was never even a “thing”. In fact, just a few months ago, in November 2018, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow.

Cohen lies:

  • The building would have been the tallest in Europe, at 1,516 feet
  • It would have consisted of 100 floors for residential housing and a hotel
  • Projected cost was more than $300 million
  • (Would have been) located in Moscow, Russia