So much excitement comes with every upgrade to my craftsman bungalow farmhouse. After the new windows were installed it seemed perfectly fitting that new doors should be next.
The Front Door
This isn't the original front door to the house. I recall my grandmother saying this door came from a classroom at the university (UNCP) back in the 1950's. I found some doors in the tobacco barn when I started cleaning it up. They had rotted or had termite damage and couldn't be salvaged. One of them was probably the original front door but I can't be certain.
The old classroom door had seen better days. Like everything else around the house the door needed to be replaced. It wasn't necessarily a hazard but it was drafty, held the mildew odor, didn't have a dead bolt lock and was not square on the frame which meant it never closed properly. But on the positive side, the thick beveled glass was in good condition.
I asked my friend Tim, who is a carpenter by trade if he'd hang my new door. Sometimes, it's not easy getting somebody to work on old houses, so I was very thankful and appreciative.
Taking out the door and removing the old trim was long over due. The musky, mildew scent the door held was finally gone.
...and the old trim would soon be replaced.
The New Front Door
I wanted to add doors that would be true to the style of my craftsman bungalow. After a friend told me to visit the Cottages at Southport, I knew this door style with dentil moulding would be the show stopper for my old house. The three pane window would compliment the house windows and make it a true craftsman home.
I had the door in my garage long enough that I was able to paint it a chocolate brown. I'll never forget painting it because it was during Hurricane Matthew in October, 2016.
The old rotten trim was replaced with composite wood that will never rot or warp and new house numbers were added.
The exterior light was relocated from under the porch and made into two lights on both sides of the door.
Columns had never been added to the short brick pillars of this house. When the porch began to sag in the 1980's, 4 X 4 posts were placed on the pillars for support. My carpenter friend, Tim, built these beautiful pillars using no-rot wood and also covered the side pillars that are original to the house, with the same material.
The Side Door
After all these years and tons of photos I really haven't taken a close up of the side entry way. The entry door was a solid wood door with nine glass panels. The door frame was rotten and damaged in several places and the door itself would not close properly.
I was so happy that my friend, Tim came back during Thanksgiving, 2017 to install my new door.
I purchased the same door as the one on the front of the house and I couldn't believe how amazing it looked after Tim was finished.
I painted the door chocolate brown to mimic the front door and I couldn't have been happier with the results. I now have a second entry way door that opens and closes like a brand new house door, has a deadbolt and isn't drafty, musky or damaged.
The back door was also in desperate need of an overhaul. It didn't shut very well, didn't have a deadbolt and was extremely drafty.
Again, my friend, Tim the carpenter did an outstanding job installing the rear door of my home. I realize working on an old house is like opening a can of worms and you never know what you'll find once inside. That was the case with all three of my doors. Thankfully, the damage wasn't too extensive to scare away my help. I am so thankful and grateful to have found someone to work on this old house.
It was so exciting just to look at this beautiful door and appreciate all the hard work that had brought me to this point. The rear of the house looked totally amazing once the stoop was finished and the new porch light was installed.
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