Sunday, March 28, 2010

patio doors installed

The day after Thanksgiving 2009, Reid and I went out shopping at Building Reuse in Northside. Our big Black Friday purchase ended up being two Jeld-wen patio doors. We picked them up for $50 each, but they did not come with door frame, weatherstripping or hardware. We thought we would save a lot of money by constructing the door frame ourselves and purchasing the hardware separately. Turns out, we may not have actually saved much at all since it ended up costing approx $500 total (plus a lot of time and some frustration) to install the doors to the roofdeck.
Thanks to a lot of help from my dad, we installed the doors today! Though they still require a little tweaking to make sure they open and close easily, they're in place. And they're keeping the rain out!
Miles had a great time watching us and already enjoys the roofdeck. It will be nice when the day comes that Miles can hang out in the building without coming home filthy. Until then, he loves his baths in the clawfoot tub at home on Main Street.


Paul Wilham said...

Always easier to buy the complete Door units with frame but after you build a couple, its really not that difficult and the carpentry skills you learn, you will find it translates well to all your interior door carpebtry projects.

Great project , best of luck from a fellow restorer!

Anonymous said...

wow, i actually did this exact thing last month (also paid $100 for the doors!) i saved a little more by making my own frame, but the big thing was the lock. the mortise locks were like $200, so i just covered the thing with a decorative plate and used a normal deadbolt and handle. saved a ton, but lost a little security (shh, dont tell)

mark greeley said...

Call it cheap, but who cares? You did an impressive job for turning that $50 patio door into a remarkable one!