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Reader Question: Should I Place Wrought Iron Grilles on our Windows and Doors?

Protect your family and property with a few special touches on your windows and doors

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Q: My wife and I are building our dream house with modern-minimalist architecture. We decided to design the interiors ourselves, and we would like to get your opinion on some aspect of the house. We will be installing sliding windows and doors and we're planning to put wrought iron grilles for security. Should we put the grilles inside or outside the windows and doors?—EM

A: Keeping the family safe is always a primary concern in designing a home. Security grilles do a great job in this department. Unfortunately, most of the time, these grilles are not aesthetically pleasing, and could mar a home's otherwise attractive exterior. This is not a hopeless cause, though. I've seen a few homes with beautiful wrought iron grilles. The trick is to make sure the design of the grilles suits the design of your home.

Since you have a modern-minimalist home, I recommend looking at Frank Lloyd Wright's geometric designs for inspiration. And to answer your question, place your grilles outside so they won't interfere with the operation of your sliding windows and doors.

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Read the original article ("Ask It") in the March 2009 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.

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