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02 Dec, 2011

Reno post #19: the front door

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Home/reno

There are about a million things I should be worrying about right now as it pertains to the reno. Instead, I continue to be fixated on a number of seemingly Irrelevant Things That Can Be Figured Out Later. Like a new front door. It’s all I’ve been thinking about lately. I want a lovely new front door, one that (a) lets in some light and (b) gives us the right amount of privacy (for me), and (c) says HELLO HOW ARE YOU.

Our architect gave us a glossy catalogue of amazing custom doors, but I think that we can find something we like a lot cheaper. So now I’m on the hunt.

This search reminds me yet again of a very important fact: if you sell or manufacture anything that someone might like to shop around (windows, doors, floor treatments, garden sheds) you MUST have something to show on your website. Holy lack of photos batman.

Our home is east-facing, and I would really like to take advantage of morning sunshine if I can. I love this door, a LOT. The house number just seals the deal for me. And then there’s this door, um, one that I scoped out in our own neighbourhood and really like the look of too… although I wouldn’t have those little windows running down the side. (Forgive the grainy surveillance-type shot there. I feel mildly paranoid when snapping photos of other people’s homes. I mean, my god, what if someone catches me doing it!?)

Anyway. Yes. Doors. I think they’re one of the most important design features of a home. You can tell a lot about someone by their front door. Don’t you think?

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4 Responses to "Reno post #19: the front door"

1 | Kaitlin

December 2nd, 2011 at 11:21 am


So, you’re getting rid of the red door? Because, honestly, I covet that door. (Though, I’m kinda excited about our navy blue door at our new place.)

2 | Sheila D.

December 2nd, 2011 at 5:43 pm


Have a look at Bowen Windows at 1050 Baxter Rd. by The Ottawa Citizen and Ikea. Their Loewen showroom is at 2773 Fenton Rd. (We bought Loewen)
They did our windows and doors about 13 years ago and we’re very happy with them.

3 | Harry Nowell

December 2nd, 2011 at 10:42 pm


If you’re looking for something fun and funky (and have the energy) go cruise around Cohen and Cohen or Habitat for Humanity. They resell salvaged doors – some are, erm, plain Jane but there are also some treasures amid the dust.

Good luck!

4 | James

December 3rd, 2011 at 7:38 pm


Ha! I obsessed over a new front door (and sidelights) for weeks when we first decided to go ahead with the big reno that is just now drawing to a close (after 13 months!). When we hired a contractor, the first thing he said when he arrived was, ‘Wow! Look at that great old door you have (115 years and counting).” He talked us into refinishing and resealing it, and spending the money we saved on a great new light for the hallway to compensate for the loss of the sidelights. Happy with that decision.

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