Case in point -- our front door. Remember there was a bit of a debate about buying a new one versus refinishing our old one? In pricing doors I realized one important thing -- they don't make them like they used to. Many new doors are made from composite materials. Solid wood doors are very, very expensive. We had a solid wood door that just needed some TLC. So, I threw the project up on Thumbtack. We received a bid back from a guy whose primary work is fine woodworking. I could tell from his website that he was very detail oriented. He did a GREAT job with the door! I picked out the paint and hardware -- most from Rejuvenation. I am not sure I saved any money versus buying a new door, but felt good to give new life to an original piece of our house.
We went for a modern look. I think I have mentioned before that our house wants to be midcentury modern. There are a few houses in our neighborhood that fit squarely in this category. Our house is more aligned with this style than, say, the traditional and Spanish style houses in our neighborhood, but we will have to do some upgrades to make it look retro cool. Although you would think the bright orange color would add the most drama, the real gasp inducing change is that we took down our security door. About a quarter of the houses in our neighborhood have security doors. I don't think it is as much for security as it is for air flow, as central heat/air was not a standard feature of houses in our neighborhood, and only the few smart ones who have added a/c experience any degree of comfort in our 90 degree + summers. We know we will regret this decision at times, but we do still have the side security door, and we also have a freestanding a/c unit. Style over function. As for security -- I know we live in a neighborhood where unsavory people would be inclined to try the front door to see if it is unlocked, but it is not the type of neighborhood where somebody would, say, kick in the front door to get in. Knock on wood.
|Let the light in -- every morning there is a shadow puppet show in the circle of light made from the now unobstructed peephole. It was crazy day at school this day, if you were wondering about Everett's outfit.|