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starling72

01:11PM | 04/21/03
Member Since: 12/08/02
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My house was built in 1885 and the main level has 10 ft ceilings. Needless to say, the front door is a tall wood door that needs replaced. It's 90H X 32W X 1.75Thick and the frame is around 6.5 inches wide.

Any chance I'm going to be able to find a steel or fiberglass door to replace this one (with new wood frame) or am I going to have to find a wood door to replace it? Also, what sort of cost am I looking at for materials on this size of door?

homebild

07:02AM | 04/23/03
Member Since: 01/28/03
694 lifetime posts
Its been my experience with ordering 'odd sized' doors thru the years that steel/fiberglass manufacturers will custom make 'shorter' than normal doors but rarely 'taller' than normal doors.

This means if you are really interested in using a steel or fiberglass door, you will need to get a standard size door and close up the extra 9" or so above it.

Otherwise you will need to have a custom wood door made.

Have no idea what the cost would be without knowing what type of wood. An oak front door would cost several thousand dollars. Less for pine or fir.

homebild

07:04AM | 04/23/03
Member Since: 01/28/03
694 lifetime posts
By the way, you might be able to get a standard height steel/fiberglass door and make up the difference with a transom.

A transom is a small 'window' above a door.

starling72

04:45AM | 04/24/03
Member Since: 12/08/02
18 lifetime posts
hmmm...I just heard from a friend that more door manufacturers are starting to make taller steel/fiberglass doors because of all the new homes with vaulted ceilings (I guess a taller doorway is ideal for a vaulted entry area?). I have, however, not been able to find anything to support his comments.

I won't spend several thousands of dollars on a wood door, so oak or mahogany are likely out of the question. Fir would be best choice since all woodwork and trim is fir. One quote I've gotten so far is for replacing the back door (standard size) with steel door and storm and replacing the front door with small window and standard steel door w/ storm...in the neighborhood of $3300! I didn't expect it to cost that much, am I expecting too much for to little money?

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