In Renovations

Installing a new door

The subject of this post should really be “Installing a new door in an old house, with uneven walls, and doorframes that are not square”. That, would be the appropriate title of this post. For this project Aubrey started at 3pm, and by 11pm (non-stop) he got it in. There was the removal of the old door, making the door opening larger, and then dealing with leveling the door. We had lined someone up to help us….but they never showed up. I had a feeling they wouldn’t, so we started without them, and finished. I’m pretty proud of Aubrey for doing it. After a few blood drops, and a few curse words later, the transformation was fannnntastic,

Above, Door/Room when we bought the house. This door was an “interior” door. Not meant to keep cold outside, and warmth in. I don’t want to think about how much heat was lost by the previous owners. We had put plastic wrap and piled pillows in our first winter to make sure that cold air didn’t come in.

Above, The new door! I LOVE IT! It finally makes the room feel like ours, and less like the previous owners.

What we have left:

Me: I’m going to have romans made so we can have privacy, and sheild the light for when a little bit of afternoon Young & The Restless watching is needed. (The room is now VERY sunny). I’m trying to come up with a fabric that I like, but it may be white, with a grosgrain ribbon detailing.

Aubrey: Adding trim.


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    October 14, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Good job! Nothing ruins a perfectly good day like hanging a door 😉

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    Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog
    October 14, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    The work was worth it! The door is beautiful and I'm sure you saved hundreds by going the DIY route.

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    October 14, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Looks fantastic! Too bad you're not in the US, you could take advantage of the tax credit for installing a new door!

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    October 14, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks for the feedback!

    Pip – Your comment sums up the day perfectly! 🙂

    Kasey – Thank you! We saved $1500 by just ordering the door from Lowes, and installing it ourself. The door was $500 (thereabouts) but to bring in a door company to measure, order + install was over $2,000. So, the blood, sweat and tears (and curse words) were well worth it. 😉

    Michelle – I think that the new door purchase actually qualifies as a tax credit (I leave that detail stuff up to Aubrey)…but the cost of hiring someone wasn't going to be economical considering the max in tax credit we get back.

    We actually did an eco energy audit so the new door will surely help us get some funds back for making the house more air tight!

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    October 14, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    I do like how my section of "what's left" is two words… if only it were that simple.

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    October 14, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    HA. (Re: Aubreys comments above) I have no comeback, and I've been sitting here for an hour trying to think of one. Oh well. It will come to me. 😉

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    October 14, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    It looks amazing. What a difference! We are in the same boat as you and will likely be stuffing blankets and pillows in the cracks of our door frame. Glad to see you guys managed so well without the help of "professionals"!

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    October 14, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    I love that door – it looks fantastic! Can't wait to see what fabric you choose for the Romans!

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    October 14, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    looks good! We are looking to do get a new Door for the front that lets in light. Probably in the spring.

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    October 15, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Thank you!! 🙂 In retrospect, regarding the blinds, I'm hesitating a little, as I'm actually liking the light coming in, and from staring (creepily) at our house from our back laneway at night, you actually can't see into the room, as I was worried we may be able to. The tree, and the porch, and our new back gate actually block a good portion of the room from people who may be in the lane.

    It's still a bit weird having the door in, I keep walking by and thinking I've left the door "open" because it's all glass. 😉

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    Dane Caldwell
    November 17, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    On the bright side…next door will go in so much quicker!

    Our first door took all day but we just did a set of garden doors and this time it was only about 3 hours start to finish.

    P.S. love following your reno. And don't forget to keep your reciepts from this year to claim the tax credits for the renos!

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