Today I got my front door installed!
Goodbye, 6-panel steel door:
And HELLO to my new, more modern door:
I had the installer remove my old trim since it would need to be replaced. I had originally planned to buy the trim and had it ready and painted by install day but, things were too busy so I bought them that morning and didn’t install it until in the afternoon.
View of the door hardware:
Right now, the orange really clashes with the door. 😦 I have plans already to get the exterior done and will finalize the colors later in the month. (THEN I’ll post a pic of the door from outside)
I finally decided on a front door today. I had been looking off and on for a long time since I wanted something a little modern and different from the front door I have right now.
The new door had to have some windows and I had thought these would look nice. The problem with the first door was the fact that it had large pieces of glass and I didn’t think I would feel secure. The vertical one was cool but I didn’t think it worked with my house.
I thought the idea of having horizontal slats would be the best but narrower.
The first thing I had to do though was figure out the direction my door was facing for feng shui purposes. I don’t necessarily follow it but figured it never hurts to have good ju-ju. 🙂 I got a compass and it showed that my door faced North. My original idea of having a red door wasn’t going to work and I was a little bummed out. (Always wanted a red door but it was not meant to be) A blue or black door, however, would work.
So today, I put in an order for this door (probably this very model which is a mahogany with an ebony finish) and this handleset – Emtek’s Davos in a satin nickel. I originally thought a flat black finish would look amazing but wasn’t sure how the Texas weather would treat the flat black in 5-10 years. The inside lever would be the same as my existing ones (Stuttgart).
They’ll be at the house to measure and tally up the cost (eeks!).
These two Emtek sets are on my wishlist.
My top choice is this Ares with a brush nickel finish and my Stuttgart lever.
The second choice is Baden.
I debated over the style for over a year but I think this is it.
My door to the backyard is almost closer to being done. As you can see, I had a double cylinder before and now a single cylinder with a thumb turn. 🙂
Coat Closet Door Woes
I decided for the coat closet to do a ball catch/dummy lock instead of the standard door handle (so you just pull to open instead of turning the knob or (in my case) a lever. So I ordered it and when it arrived, I noticed it was supposed to be attached on the door surface (no hole is needed) but that wouldn’t work with my door because it was pre-bored.
So, I called Emtek and they sent me a pre-bored door kit. The only problem, the shape wouldn’t allow my square rosette to fit.
I took it to a local Emtek dealer and they used a grinder so it fits now. They also fixed the threads on one of the screws so I could secure it.
Picked it up yesterday and installed it last night. Now the door looks very nice. 🙂
I just need to pick up some powertools and then redo that trim with MDF instead of pine or whatever they gave me.