Why we replaced our front door and how we selected our new double front doors with JELD-WEN.
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“The doors will be opened to those who are bold enough to knock.”Tony Gaskins
I recently found myself craving more natural light in our home and started exploring the idea of giving our home exterior a makeover. I am a runner and I found myself admiring charming front porches during my evening jogs. Growing up in the rural mountains of North Carolina, some of my fondest memories occurred on the front porch. This is where we spent the mornings snapping. It is also where we spent many evenings catching up with family and neighbors, waving to strangers as they passed, celebrating birthdays and big moments, and mourning the loss of loved ones. Therefore, I decided it was time to create a welcoming front porch for our family where we can create these memories for our children. The first step in this process? Replacing our front door.
Like so many others, more time is being spent in our home during this pandemic. We are finding ways to bring more comfort and joy to our surroundings. Planning home renovations have been challenging due to lack of supplies and delays in shipping. We have also been very cautious of welcoming contractors into our home, following safety precautions and social distancing rules.
Selecting Our New Front Doors
Our front door was not damaged and did not need to be replaced. It was simply outdated and blocked a lot of sunlight into our home. When selecting our new front doors, here is a list of things that I desired:
- More Light
- Double Opening Doors
- More Modern and Custom Look
- Wood Like Appearance
- Low Maintenance
- Energy Efficient
I have always dreamed of large wood doors. As I researched adding wood doors to a coastal home, I quickly realized how much maintenance they would require. After browsing different types of doors, I discovered the JELD-WEN Coastal Style Collection. JELD-WEN has a great coastal door product line. Their Architectural Collection looks like real wood but is made of fiberglass for long-lasting use and energy efficiency. The fiberglass doors are great for coastal locations because they will not damage like real wood. The new Coastal Style Collection features doors that have been expertly picked by JELD-WEN trend and design experts. After discussing my design plans with their team, they helped me select the following style for our home.
The jambs, brick mold, astragal, and SDLs are all constructed using the same material which means they will not rot unlike standard wood jambs. With JELD-WEN’s three-step factory finish, all parts of the door match, setting this collection apart from it’s competitors.
Our Door Specifics:
- Architectural Fiberglass Exterior Doors
- 8ft Double Doors
- 1-Panel Glass 3/4 View with Clear LoE 272 Glass
- Rustic Cherry Woodgrain
- Milk Chocolate Stain
On the day that the doors arrived, a crane arrived as well to take them off of the flatbed and place them in our driveway. Having a crane show up in the middle of a pandemic was a miracle for my young children. They watched the crane in awe and were safely entertained from our front porch.
While Scott and I had hopes of installing the doors ourselves, we had to hire professionals. The doors were wider than our original opening and required cutting through the hardy plank to create a larger opening. I’m sharing all of the installation details soon but for now, enjoy a small sneak peek of the doors installed. Aren’t they beautiful? I’m pinching myself and loving how they transformed our home exterior!
What is next for this space? New decking, new paint color, and updating our gas lanterns. I will also share the hardware selection in a new post soon. Stay tuned for more and make sure you head over to Instagram for behind the scenes action.