Our architect specified Simpson or equivalent solid core MDF doors. Our house is a rambling cape that we are completely remodeling. We have hardie shingle on the front, smooth hardiplank elsewhere, six doghouse dormers across the front, a cedar roof, you get the idea. Inside we are somewhat traditional, but not a slave to colonial. Not rustic, but maybe "high country" would be a good descriptor. We decorate with antiques, flea market finds, oil paintings, and a bit of folk art.
I am trying to decide between raised four panel (close to equal size panels, not craftsman style) doors and flat four panel with ovolo sticking. I even like plank doors for the upstairs bedrooms, but my husband not so much. I am leaning away from six panel, just because I am a little sick of them! The house is by no means a reproduction, but I have lived in a lot of old houses and am familiar with various styles, but my memory is not serving me so well.
If anyone cares to opine about which style of doors looks best, and what brands are considered equivalent to Simpson, I'm all ears.
Any knowledge on what number & style of panels goes with what era of architecture would also be appreciated.