A few weeks ago I posted about the fact we need a new front door. I also shared all the pretty inspiration to our door design, which you should definitely check out! I was surprised how easy and affordable it was to design my own front door, and wanted to share with you the process in case you too are in the market for a new door.
We visited our local lumber shop, Dolan’s Lumber, kids in tow, to check out pricing on a door in the style we were looking for. Most lumber shops, especially family owned or local shops, seem to carry better quality brands than the big box stores and basically it felt much more comfortable working with this shop over the big box store, not to mention it was actually more affordable.
I brought an inspiration photo of the door I wanted to design, and our sales guy started plugging in the specs in his software. We determined details like the thickness of the interior window trim between the glass (aka mullions) and the sizing of the windows in relation to the wood, etc etc. We opted for a paint grade solid wood door and to have our contractor install the door. The door took 6 weeks to be fabricated, installation took about a half-day. Not too bad for getting exactly what you want for something that will be attached to your home for 50+ years! (Please ignore the uncovered vent crate and command hooks on the wall)
I came home from work to see our door installed and basically squealed with excitement! While it has yet to be painted, we LOVE it! We will be painting it in a few weeks once our master suite is ready for paint. We had to use the strength of 1,0oo men to open our old door, and this door opens and shuts smooth like butter, which has to be because of the gorgeous Brisbane lock set by Emtek. You guys, Emtek door hardware will spoil you, their handle sets and hardware are substantial and impeccably made. It’s hard to describe, there is weight to the handle set and a high end beauty that makes me officially a grown up.
(I borrowed our Benoit runner from our shop to style our new front door!)