We hit Viking Door in San Ho the other night and did a little door shopping. Boy do they have you by the cookies for those things. God forbid you cheap out on a decent front door. It is the first thing that people notice. It is what gives the house curb appeal. It is what is protecting your family from the gangs of ravenous thugs stalking the suburbs for just such an opportunity. You don’t want a cheap front door. Unfortunately, our budget for front doors and what we want are so far apart from one another, that we are going to, again, have to meet in the middle somewhere. I’m starting to see a consistent theme.
Like any good loving husband / father / homeowner, I bought into the better quality (aka slightly more expensive) door. While we haven’t made a final decision yet, we are about 90% on the T.M. Cobb brand, which I’ve never heard of, but I know next to nothing about this whole process. See the tiny picture. Like I mentioned in a previous post, most construction and building websites either suck or are non-existent. In the case of our door people, it leans towards the sucky. The one odd thing about these doors is that they are 8′ high. I understand that this is the latest trend. This is cool as I like a huge front door. Even more exciting is that I’ll probably have to build a periscope in order to look out the panes.
We are almost set on Craftmaster interior doors. They look cool. I don’t get the impression that they are anything all that special. They look nice enough. Since my cello is in the shop, we will probably go with a different color.
The only other door that we can highlight, and I thought that this was really cool, is the door to our mudroom. A slider that we will have coated in chalkboard so that we can make lists and notes and the kids can draw.
I don’t recall who makes this, I just thought that it was fairly clever. Magnetic too.
Finally, despite what Jagger / Richards Music tells you, don’t paint your solid wood door black (or any dark color for that matter) if it will be in direct sunlight. It causes the wood to heat up and expand thus making your door hard to open or shut.