It’s here! It’s finally here! I can’t believe I’m saying this.. but my new front door is installed and looking more beautiful than ever. For those of you who have been following our long journey of renovation.. you know I’ve been wanting this for a long time! It’s taken 2 years but well worth the wait because our new front door from Andersen Windows & Doors is more gorgeous than I could have ever imagined. Click here to check out the design process and to see how we came to select this door.
I have to thank quite a few people for helping make this possible. A huge thank you to Andersen Windows & Doors for partnering with me on this amazing project. Andersen made this possible and they helped me SO much throughout the entire process. The front door was the exact style I have always envisioned for my home. The fact that we were able to make it work is beyond exciting.
Another thank you to Dolan Lumber and Joe Matta Construction. Dolan Lumber (Brian Barney especially) spent SO much time with me finding the right design and created the most beautiful door for my home. Joe Matta Construction had the difficult process of installation – I really appreciate the time and diligence the guys put into this project.
Our old door
Let’s take a look at the door before renovation, shall we? When we first moved into this home.. the original walkway and entry were all concrete and very plain. There was no stone to speak of, and the door itself was over 20 years old. Our home was built in the 90’s by a builder who went out of business and did not use high quality products. The door was completely dented from years of hard usage.. and we were ready for an upgrade.
I did everything I could to compensate for my off centered, dented door – which is what most people do on a budget! We had already renovated a majority of our home and wanted to space out our projects. Before we were able to change out the front door we had to complete a new front walkway with steps and tile. We also replaced part of the fence and added a custom gate. The new door had to be put on hold.
Our new Door
Let’s be honest.. there is nothing like a beautiful front door gracing a house. It’s the added jewelry that sets a house apart. Looking at this door makes me SO happy. It anchors my entry and it allows for more light in my home. I love that the style is also classic and elegant.
Let me share some of my favorite features about this door. First of all – our new black door has glass windows which was extremely important to us. We wanted as much light as possible.. and now we have it! Clear glass was a must. Not only does clear glass allow for more light but it was also different than the patterned glass door that we had in our previous home. The clear glass without any bevel gives the door the clean look and style that we were searching for.
More details.. The grid style I chose for the door mimics the windows on the house and compliments them perfectly. Another feature that sets the door apart is the moulding that wraps around the exterior and interior of the door. I knew that with the exterior, I wanted moulding that was a little more traditional. I simply felt that some of the newer shaker trends just wouldn’t work with this house. Brian from Dolan Lumber helped me select the perfect pieces to frame it properly. I went with brass hardware on the exterior door handle because I love the richness the gold tone lends to the black paint and my exterior house paint color.
As to the interior side of the front door… Rather than using the same moulding as the exterior, we went with the exact same crown moulding that is featured throughout the inside of my home. I love that! The door is painted in the same white paint color as the interior walls and we went with chrome hardware to match the existing hardware on the inside of the house.
As to addressing privacy issues using clear glass – we are adding shades which we will be able to lower during the evening times. I will probably use the same natural woven shades that I currently have hanging in the adjacent windows in the living room.
Once again, if I haven’t said it enough… We are in love with our new Andersen front door. It was so worth the wait. I’m going to have so much fun decorating our front porch for every season now.. As you can see, I have already kicked off autumn with a little fall decor. I haven’t finished everything yet, but I’m loving all the seasonal additions. To help dress my door for this special first week at home.. a few princess pumpkins and purple mums. Perfect for reveal day!
Let me know in the comments what you think!! So excited to hear from all of you. :)
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