Originally Posted by heathmac
So I ordered the door and the standard quote for a door with sidelights went from $500 to a quote of $825 to install and do the work.
I think the up-charge is in line as long as this is how the new door installation is detailed.
Here are the steps
Remove interior trim
Remove exterior toe kick
Remove existing 1-1/2" jacks
Install new "smaller" jacks
Pan flash the sill with Vycor or equivalent
Since the rough opening is larger, you would assume the finished exterior will be larger...so.......
Cut back the siding
Install the new door
Install drip cap on top of door (usually involves removing a piece of siding)
Install new door kick because ...the new door is NOT the same width as the old door so the old toe kick will be shorter than the new door
Caulk trim to door casing
Foam insulate around door interior
Provide and install new interior trim ...again...the new door is NOT the same size as the old door so the old trim will NOT fit the new door
Cut back baseboard to fit new trim width
Install new hardware
Cleanup and dispose of old door and debris
....and by the way...that whole idea of making the jacks smaller would make me a bit nervous. The term "smaller" is pretty vague.
If he does this, I would insist that it be no smaller than 5/4 (1") spruce.
Not pine, not plywood, not composite.....but spruce or hemlock