I did not reuse Moriah’s original front door.
It was one of the greatest struggles for me in rebuilding this house. After all, what gave me the right to change something so key to a home as it’s front door? Some people say that a home’s front door is the defining element of the entire home.
I would never, ever, think of changing out an original door on any house built earlier than the 20th century.
The fact was, I liked Moriah’s original door. It was massive, and presented the visitor with a display of antique wood which told guests what they could expect upon entering the home. And to top it off, the door had a massive box lock complete with a brass knob… nice.
But the lock didn’t work well anymore, it had seen it’s better days. And, the door was showing signs of aging. Upon closer look I could see that it was made by “gluing and screwing” old wood to a plywood core panel. No fine craftsmanship there.
And, the diagonal pattern of the wood to me shouted 1970’s. For those who remember that era, they will recall that diagonal paneling was all the rage back then. What basement could be found without it? Let’s all sing the theme song from the Brady Bunch!
The deciding factor that sealed the decision to replace this door was that I desperately needed light to come in through the front door into the entry hall. I needed a front door with class… and with glass.
So, I went shopping for the perfect antique door for a replacement…
Originally posted 2015-04-07 12:48:09.