|New front door, installed at last|
I'm very pleased to show you our new front door, finally installed. What a difference, both outside and in.
|Old front door|
The old front door was functional but not very aesthetic. Nothing a fresh coat of paint couldn't spruce up.
|This is why I couldn't get rid of this door fast enough|
Inside, well, now you can see why something needed to be done. My wintertime solution to this was to tack a folded quilt over the door. Kept the drafts out but, boys howdy, was it a nuisance to bring firewood in from the front porch. We bought the new door back in early 2010, but structural concerns kept Dan from putting it in. One had been the repairs to the front porch floor, which were now done.
The new door was a bit larger, so another concern was whether it would fit into the old opening. Removing the old door was no problem, but there was a problem removing the trim.
|Door trim behind the siding|
In the above photo, you can see that the siding was installed on top of the door trim. One option was to remove the siding to get the trim out. That, we did not want to do; we've been nailing the new siding right to the old. The other option was ...
|Hurray for the sawzall|
... the sawzall (reciprocating saw). Once Dan cut through the nails, the piece pulled right out.
Like all the other doors and windows we've replaced in this house, the front door had no proper header.
|This is what we found once the door and trim were removed|
The way it's just toenailed in makes me wonder if this was the original location for the front door. Dan's upgrade -
|A lot of my photos are wonky. It's the camera, not the house!|
Then he covered the gaps and we were ready for the door. Cracks and openings were foam insulated from the inside.
I missed a good shot of the next step, which was to put up a sheet of the new siding first. The new door was installed on top of that.
|One sheet of new siding went up first, then the new door.|
This is the same barnboard-look siding we're using on the rest of the house. (Photos here and here). For now, I primed it and painted it white.
Once the rest of the siding is up I'll do a proper paint job with the proper color scheme.
|House colors: blue siding, brick red doors, white trim.|
Inside? What a wonderful difference that window makes.
|Needs trim, which won't happen until the windows are in|
No more getting dressed in front of the woodstove in the morning, but I love all the light the window lets in. The living room was always so dark because I keep the windows heavily draped to insulate from cold in the winter and heat in the summer. We used to have to turn on a light to see anything, but the new door lets in plenty of natural light and I love that.
The next step will be to replace those windows, although there is no time table for that yet. [Click here for that post.]