let’s talk doors

Before.

The biggest question that I am aiming to answer here is whether or not you can install a 2”x4″ exterior door in a 2”x6″ wall? Also, what is the price difference?

When we purchased our acreage it was bank-owned. As far as we knew, it had sat vacant for many months before we ended up moving into it. To deter people from entering, the property manager had duct taped signs to both exterior doors. Have you ever tried removing duct tape from painted doors? It can’t be nicely done. Either the paint chips away, or the duct tape stays.

Fast-forward nearly two years, and we finally hired a contractor to replace our doors. What a process it was. Because I had never done this before, I thought that I would explain our process, and how we ended up saving a lot of money. If you are interested in replacing your doors but are worried about the price of doing so, it can be done for cheaper than you think (with a bit of research and determination)!

Originally, I had really wanted wood doors. My mother and step-father installed one at their acreage and it was just gorgeous. So about a year ago, I called around to many manufactures in Saskatoon and asked for quotes. What I was getting back was around $10,000 for two exterior wood doors plus install. These were their cheapest prices.

Because we renovating our entire home on essentially one income, I set a budget for $3000. This would have to include the price of doors and installation. So I scoured online for wood doors. After weeks, I came to the conclusion that if we wanted a wood look we were going to have to settle for woodgrain fibreglass doors.

Next, I went to Home Hardware and Home Depot and obtained quotes in person. Home Depot has a beautiful line by Masonite. I ended up with a quote of $2,219 for Craftsmen-style doors that were on sale. That seemed reasonable to me! I went to Home Hardware just to compare. Two of their doors was going to cost just over $3000. So at the time, I settled on Home Depot.

Then we had a small black window installed next to our side door. At the time, we now had mostly white windows, one white door, one red door, and one black window. All of those colours and different styles were putting my OCD into overdrive. I told Geoff that we had to choose one colour and stick with it. 

Because our style is more Scandinavian-farmhouse-modern, I knew that I wanted to keep with a black and white theme. So totally scrapping the wood door idea, we were now aiming for really modern black doors. Ones that would let in light, but also offer privacy. 

To make a long story short, we found exactly what we had in mind at Lowe’s. Made by JELD-WEN, each door was just over $400, totalling about $850. The only problem was they were 2”x4″ jambs rather than the 2”x6″ jambs that we needed. What’s the difference? Thousands of dollars. Because the 2”x4″ black doors were so common and in stock, they were such a good deal. To order the same or a similar door in a 2”x6″ construction, it would have been considered special order. Hence, the price went up to over $1000 per door. Inevitably, 2”x4″ doors are generally much cheaper than 2”x6″ doors.

Having our hearts set on the 2”x4″ doors by JELD-WEN, I sent our contractor a text and asked him if there was any way that we could purchase those doors. To my surprise, he said that we could! We just needed a door extension kit, which ran for about $75 each. Um, SOLD!! 

We ended up buying the doors, brick mould, and extension kits for less than $1000. So far, so good.

It took our contractor a few months to finally have a few days off in his schedule. Then, it took him a day and a half to install them. His final price for install was $1300. 

After.

I ended up selling our old doors for $300. In total, we spent around $2000 on our front and side door renovation. After all of the unknowing and change of minds, it ended up being way under budget. I am so happy about that, and so happy with the results! If you are wanting to save money, I highly suggest exploring all options, such as a smaller framed door. Also, don’t quit until you are happy with the price. It may take forever and a day, but you don’t need to spend a lot of money on exterior doors if you don’t want to.

We still need a new exterior light, doorbell, to paint the white brick mould black, and are planning a wraparound deck this summer. But for now, our acreage is slowly but surely coming together.

Emory

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I chose to keep this dress in my closet until I had a special event to attend. Summer ended, Halloween came and went, as did my birthday, Christmas, New Years, and husband’s birthday. Not once did I take it out to wear it. Then, of all things, I watched Miley Cyrus’ video. Not the one where she is naked on a wrecking ball, but the one where she is at a party, having a good time, and not giving a damn. That was when I decided to go up to my closet, put on my dress, and have an impromptu photo shoot while I wore it. Do you know what? It was my best yet. My dress and I were liberated, and “we can’t stop”.

Emory

P.S. Tomorrow is the birthday of my beautiful niece, Olive. Happy birthday, cutie! I hope that your parents spoil you rotten! <3<3

little green’s staircase.

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when we first bought little green, the stairs to our master bedroom consisted of what we called a ‘sladder’ (staircase/ladder). because they were so steep and narrow and without a railing, we limited our trips up into our bedroom. whatever we needed for that day, we made sure that we would bring it down in the morning. it was always an adventure getting up in the middle of the night, and more than once our feet would slip and we’d have a small heart attack as we would grab onto the wall for support! are you surprised that these stairs (and our roof) did not pass our home inspection? we weren’t!

now the construction of our stairs was another matter entirely. when we finally did find workers to do the job, they assured us that it would only take two weeks. four months later, and nowhere near completion, we fired the contractors and got the help of my brother to finish the job. thank goodness for handy family members! he taught us how to add, mud, and patch drywall, install baseboards and trim, and build a railing. we gained about 4 feet of wall space, a closet, a unique landing, a longer and wider staircase, and a bigger opening to our loft. the end result is nowhere near what we originally wanted, but i love it just the same.

do you have any construction horror stories that you would like to share?

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in the store.

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these items are now available at the store:

1. wildfox nyc destroyed sweatshirtsold!

2. miss capezio vintage riding boots.

make sure to take a look before they sell out! have a fantastic and stylish weekend, everyone!

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what i bought.

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striped peplum tee .

i have a question for my family, friends, and followers. how do you do your online shopping?

recently, i have been buying more and more through etsy. while i generally find clothes priced more inexpensively on ebay, i am coming to realize that the quality of items and the service is much better on etsy.

that being said, when you find a new and very trendy shirt on ebay for the price of two coffees (with free shipping), a seller’s friendliness  is probably low on your list of expectations! bonus? it is incredibly cute in person and even cuter when it is worn. :-)

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this is why i will forever be an ebayer. hello deals!!!

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  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to three (two on earth and one in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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