After getting measurements and talking numbers, it came down to the decision time. We could:
1) Keep our existing wood door and order a security door using a company our contractor recommended called All Weather Doors. We wanted something very simple, no wrought iron, just glass.
2) Get rid of both doors and get one solid, nice new door. The Christenson guy suggested a Craftsman style and he had me at hello - in my head that is what I was picturing. It was perfect.
In addition, while he was there I had him look at our big window on the porch:
This window's storm companion had broken and the glass to fix it was going to be $500 (since it is 5ft by 6ft, it must be tempered glass). The nice man from Christenson (Dan, if you must know) said he would include a quote for a new window that would be double-paned, block UV rays, and save on energy. He even came up with the idea of making the style of the new window match the Craftsman door we talked about. Basically it would be one large lower pane for the bottom 2/3rds with a top pane broken into 5 lites to mimic the style of the door.
So after he left with promises of sending numbers and quotes to me, it was time to make some decisions. Decisions about doors. Decisions about windows. After reviewing his email with the quote, I stopped by the store (over on Flicker for you locals) and checked out the door I'd be ordering (it is a special order but they had one in stock for someone else). That pretty much sealed it. I'm obsessed with this door, y'all. Who knew you could love a front door this much?
The new door looks something like this (picture stolen from google images, source forthcoming):
Drizzle by Sherwin Williams:
But I digress. Back to the decision making process. I didn't get to see the window but found this image online on a real estate listing from some random site (airbnb.com) when I tried to google the term "craftsman style picture window". Basically imagine just that center window, now the left and right panes.
So after getting the quote, checking out the door, and weighing the options, here's how the logic in my head went...
I can get the door and window I really want for the EXACT same price as a new storm window and security door that I don't really want. And with that, I got the confidence I needed to pull the hypothetical trigger.
So with that, I give you the before one more time..
Today I ordered my fabulous door and window. Step one will be replacing these. For a little bit we'll be living with wrought iron posts but a new door and window but that is ok by me.. we'll take this project a step at the time.
In curb appeal,