Saturday, July 14, 2012

A New Front Door

We have hated our front door since buying the house.  First off, all the homes in our area were built in the 50's and every single one of them has a storm door.
  I hate storm doors but at least it helped hide our hideous front door.
The door has not seen a coat of poly in years and without that protection the wood has started to delaminate.  With some sanding and glue it could be made presentable again but the bigger problem is the door knob.  It has a 5" backset knob but only a standard latch, so the latch is several inches short of reaching the strike plate.  The only way to keep the door shut is to use the deadbolt.  Since I don't want to carry my keys at all times we just don't use the front door.
While in Helena on Thursday we happened to find a cart full of clearance windows and doors.  We picked up a few new windows for the living room but our real find was this door.
It was listed for $450 but was marked down to $320 because of a tiny scratch on the back.  We talked the sales lady down to $250 and hauled it home. We were both excited to get it installed so we decided to use our date night for door installation.  What?  Isn't that what you like to do on a date?
I removed the old storm door and was able to sell it on Craigslist ,then we removed the old door.  Moving this thing was not fun.  It must weigh close to 100 pounds.

Once the door was in place we installed the clearance lockset I bought last year.  This is the first time we've had a working door knob on the front door.  And here it is in all it's finished glory.
And just for comparison

Just an FYI - That's not dead grass in the picture above; it's straw we spread to help our grass seed stay moist.

I know the door is currently a gold ring in a pig's snout, but I promise we will work on the porch, siding and roof this summer/fall.  In the mean time it will be fun to see how the neighbors respond.  Will they like our improvement or will they ask why we aren't fixing the paint/windows/roof instead?

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