I thought I'd let Dave post about installing our new front door since he was the one who installed it:
In the process of replacing our front door, we learned a lot of helpful information. For one, if you're getting a custom door from Lowes or Home Depot, there are close to a dozen options of how to get your door. A few that I can remember that we should have paid closer attention to:
- Jamb width: Given that our house was older and had larger studs and thick plaster, we should have measured the entire thickness because it's not a "normal" thickness.
- Height: Seems like a no-brainer...the door below looks "normal," but as you'll see, our new "normal" 6'8" door is missing a few inches.
- Hardware finish: We got the standard finish but later decided to do oil-rubbed bronze hardware
The good news is that the door you order is total customizable for all of these features and more. It pays to do your homework upfront and make sure you order the right door for your space. One last comment I'll pass on from a Lowes salesman that I thought was valuable: "People come in all the time and spend a lot of money ordering fancy french doors that are fiberglass and rot-proof, but they don't spend the extra 5% to get vinyl jambs." Look into vinyl jambs because over the years the water running down your front door and collecting in your jambs will rot it out.
So anyways, on to the pictures. Below is the original door, which was nice, but had multiple non-functioning locks and the door was starting to come apart. Looking back it would have been nice to fix it up, but at the time it seemed easier to replace it...oh the ignorance...
There used to be a storm door and there was aluminum siding applied over the old wood siding, so the jamb area was a mess with all kinds of layers and overlapping materials.
Yep, three locks.
Old door out, new door propped into place. Looks nice; it's still daylight outside, right? Didn't get this one all the way in until after midnight (in February).
Rachel is holding up the door. Notice how the new door was significantly shorter. The old door was probably a 7' door.
It took a lot of shimming and trimming, but we got the door in there all right.
I cleaned up the exterior trim a lot.
Finally it was finished on a cold February night.