Friday, January 28, 2011

my quest for a modern front door...

We've been in our house for a little over 2 years. We've since done quite a bit of work on the inside....but the exterior of our home is still a work in progress....we still need to paint, new roof (eventually), exterior lighting...but on TOP of our list was a front door. 

Doesn't seem like it would be that difficult to find a front door that fit our aesthetic...which happens to be simple, clean and modern?? Keeping in mind that we didn't want anything TOO modern, but modern enough to update the "look" of the front of our house to something that reflects the style on the inside. 

Well, surprisingly,  it was terribly difficult!! We first went to all the major home improvement stores and looked through countless catalogs....and came up with nothing. Then we went to specific "door stores" and asked for quotes on someone building a custom door based on our sketches...and they were able to do it, but for a pricetag that was WAY out of our budget. Then we found this company online called Crestview Doors and they sold these nice window kits that we could use to DIY and achieve a similar look to what we were going for. However, after we added up the cost for the double paned glass and sidelights and a solid wood door....we were way out of our budget again.

Dang...we were frustrated.

Here are my inspiration photos:.

Here is a photo of our very sad and peeling front door that was taken this past summer:

After months of searching....we found "a guy" (who happens to be a carpenter and is dating my sister) and after looking at my sketches...told me he could build me a door, from scratch...exactly like I wanted. Exactly.
And best of all...within our budget.
He's been hard at work and it's nearly complete.
Here are a few pics of the custom door and sidelights as it stands today (in our basement).

Only 7 or 8 coats of stain away from being installed! I have a feeling it's one of those projects
 that will definitely be worth the wait!

p.s. If you are in the market for a modern door, I'm happy to say that "I've got a guy". Email me and I may share him with you ( as soon as he's done with mine, of course).

1 comment:

  1. stacy, I love this! I've been following your blog and never commented but I live in the Chicago area and am actually looking for a cool front door! Thanks for posting.