This post was most recently updated on September 23rd, 2019
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Hello friends, and happy Friday! Awhile back, I talked about my love of Craftsman style homes. I am especially crazy about the charm and curb appeal of a Craftsman front door. In “Get the Look: Craftsman Home from Builder Grade“, I even shared some ideas on how to get the Craftsman ‘look’ from a builder grade home like ours.
Well, since I posted that article, we went ahead with some of those exterior changes. Oh, happy day. Today, I’m going to tell you a little about the change that has made the biggest difference: a new Craftsman front door from Masonite!
Before we upgraded to our Craftsman front door, our entry had a standard, run-of-the-mill steel door. I had lots of fun playing with its colour over the years in an attempt to create more curb appeal. (For example, see How to Paint a Front Door, Door Color Ideas: 10 Pretty Blue Doors, 10 Fabulous Front Door Colors).
Still, whenever I spotted a Craftsman front door on another home, I had door envy. So, when Masonite approached me about a partnership, it was a match made in heaven.
Although Masonite has hundreds of door styles to choose from, I knew exactly what I wanted! I’d already been dreaming of upgrading to a Craftsman front door for years. I knew I wanted a simple, shaker style recessed-panel door, with a ‘dentil shelf’. But, apparently, an entry door is more than just a pop of pretty. (Pish posh.) Yep. As it turns out, a front door also does things like keep your family safe and your home warm. Who knew? ;-). So, before I charged forward, I figured it was wise to learn bit more about the door of my dreams!
I discovered that a fibreglass front door is likely a better option than wood if you are looking for long-term durability. This is particularly true in a wet, damp climate like ours. I live in Canada, on an island in the Atlantic Ocean. (It doesn’t get much damper than that!) Sadly, a solid wood door can be vulnerable to fading, warping, splitting, cracking, and – eeek – rotting. By contrast, a fibreglass door won’t warp or rot, is resistant to wear and tear, and is very energy efficient. And, just like a wood door, Masonite’s fibreglass Craftsman door options include an authentic wood grain finish, and can be painted or stained.
For all those reasons, we chose to go with a fibreglass door from Masonite. It just seemed like a solid win on both beauty and performance.
With that worry out of the way, I moved on to picking my dream door. Of all Masonite’s door options, I narrowed it down to the popular Barrington door. I love the Barrington door from Masonite because it has all the signature trademarks of a classic Craftsman door, with its recessed panels, rectangular window, and the option to add a ‘dentil shelf’.
For the glass, I picked the Naples option. I loved the privacy and sparkle that all the glass detailing provides. I’m also a big fan of the authentic black caning in the glass.
Once the door arrived, we had it installed professionally by Masonite’s local dealer (locally, Eastern Siding). I know some of my readers are avid DIYers. But, listen. This is one project you might want to think twice about weekend warrior-ing. There are just too many factors that go into a perfect entry door install. Why mess with your investment when you can leave it to the experts?
Within a few hours of hard work by our installers, the ugly hole was transformed to this loveliness…
I can’t tell you how happy I am with this Craftsman front door from Masonite! Along with some other Craftsman style changes, it really helped to change the look of our home.
Here’s a look at the before and afters…
Before & After:
Upgrading to a Craftsman Front Door from Masonite
So do you love Craftsman style like me? If so, maybe the Barrington Craftsman front door from Masonite is a great option for your home. If you are looking for front door ideas for another style home, not to worry. I found so many gorgeous styles while reading about Masonite’s entry door options. I plan to do another post here next week where I’ll suggest some other doors for other tastes – whether you love modern, traditional, or cottage homes.
I hope you have a lovely Fall weekend!
See you again next week!
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