Back Door Makeover from Residor and the Nottingham Window Company

So, there’s been a lot of renovation work happening at the Love Chic Living home recently, and whilst this one doesn’t sound too sexy, I was incredibly excited to finally have a back door makeover, courtesy of Residor and the Nottingham Window Company. 

Our old back door was ok, but not too secure and certainly quite drafty. We bought and installed it ourselves over a decade ago; it was a wooden door with a cat flap even though our cats were long gone. Occasionally, neighbours’ cats would find their way into the house and then not be able to escape again (one poor thing got trapped in the house for a whole weekend when we were away on holiday) so the door definitely needed an upgrade.


This is where Residor and the Nottingham Window Company came in. I’d seen their doors online and thought they’d be an excellent fit for our kitchen back door.

Here are just a few of the reasons to give them a go:

  • They are one of the most secure GRP composite doors on the market today and come fitted with an Ultion lock cylinder as standard. A 3 star rated diamond cylinder, if a burglary occurs as a result of this lock being snapped, Ultion will give you £1000.
  • A high security multi-point ERA lock is fitted as standard on every Residor, giving you the best possible security against break-ins.
  • A Residor composite doors comes with a high impact resistant outer skin, almost twice as thick as all other composite doors on the market.
  • There is a huge range of doors available suitable for any style of home, as well as a myriad of colours and combinations to choose from. Plus you can choose your own glass design and accessories to really give your door a bespoke finish.

How to Choose your New Composite Door:

Residor is available in 16 different styles in white, red, green, blue, black and anthracite grey as standard, but there’s also the option to choose any RAL colour for a truly bespoke finish.

Your fitter will give you a brochure, or help you design your door using a door design tool like this one

Then start choosing the style of your door. If you prefer a more traditional look you might like Timplerly or Chilwell, if you love something contemporary then you’ll definitely like Kendrick or Gosforth and if you need lots of natural light then the Newbridge or Toton will be perfect.

I wanted a modern look, but still in keeping with my Victorian home and wanted to add a little extra natural light too, so I chose the Toton 1. The door was ordered and installed by a local fitting firm, the Nottingham Window Company and in their initial consultation they recommended this door as being perfect for a back door location.

Next you want to choose colours. This was straight forward for me as I knew we wanted a sleek, dark grey exterior with a white interior. The frame was also white to match.

You can start to see your door coming together at this point, and adding glass and accessories gives your door the final finish. I opted for etched glass (the view isn’t great and it gives us some privacy without the need for window dressing) and a brushed steel handle.

Consultation and Order:

As I mentioned, the installation of our Residor was handled by a local company as standard, the Nottingham Window Company who have been excellent.

The initial consultation included a comprehensive run through of our door choices, with expert advice and tips to get the most from our selection. It’s imperative you have an experienced company at this point, to help with decisions and offer their guidance in creating the right door for your home, and your space.

Once the measurements were taken, and door choices made, we received an email with a proposed fitting date just a few weeks later, and everything went to plan.

Fitting and Installation.

Our door space was a little tricky and certainly not that easy to work with, but the fitters came and made light work of it. The whole job took about 2.5 hours, but that included fitting the frame, some remedial work and creating an architrave frame on the inside of the door to hide the fitting work.

They tidied up after themselves and couldn’t have done a better job. All we had to do was paint up the wooden architrave in line with the rest of the kitchen and the door looks amazing. It really has improved the room and this part of the house, immensely.

So what does our door look like now?

Installation of a new Residor Toton door in the back kitchen, installed by the Nottingham Window Company, looks amazing and really finishes the space.

Installation of a new Residor Toton door in the back kitchen, installed by the Nottingham Window Company, looks amazing and really finishes the space. You can see how solid and robust it looks. It even feels solid when you open and close it; I couldn’t be happier. It’s made a massive difference to the room; no more drafts, and of course no more painting and upkeep of an old wooden door.

Furthermore we don’t have to worry about the neighbours’ cats getting into the house at 3am and getting trapped inside.

Installation of a new Residor Toton door in the back kitchen, installed by the Nottingham Window Company, looks amazing and really finishes the space.

Installation of a new Residor Toton door in the back kitchen, installed by the Nottingham Window Company, looks amazing and really finishes the space.

Installation of a new Residor Toton door in the back kitchen, installed by the Nottingham Window Company, looks amazing and really finishes the space.

I’d highly recommend a Residor if you’re thinking about changing up your door, either front or back, on your home. I believe a door similar to the one I’ve chosen would start at around £850 with fitting.

You can find out more about Residor HERE

And if you’re local, the Nottingham Window Company have a showroom on Melton Road or you can follow them on Facebook HERE and check out their website HERE

The door was given and installed free of charge. All words and opinions are honest and genuine and I truly only collaborate with companies I believe in. Thank you for supporting the brands that make the blog possible. 

2 Comments

  1. December 16, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    Security is one of the #1 elements in choosing a backdoor. Technology has come alone way, so the options are endless.

  2. December 29, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    Thanks for this informative post !!! 🙂

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