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Old 10-03-2009, 02:10 PM   #1
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New exterior doors + knocking down add-on


Hopefully in the very near future I will be dropping in to new exterior doors and knocking down the horrible add-on job the previous owner did. I am a little confused when looking at a few things.

In this pic the wall you see next to the door is really the outside wall of the house the previous owner tried to make a walk through and put an add-on over that area. The house is all stucco on the outside but now the wall is flat with texture on it from what i can tell. I thought it may be a thin sheet of sheet rock nailed into the stucco but fear I am wrong. How else would they get it more of a flat surface, just mud the whole thing over?


To the right of the door there is what looks like cement running up it which is all cracked and falling out as well as to the left. The door looks like it is pressed right up against the framing to the right and on the left there is a bigger gap and some shims.


I am curious as to what needs to be removed to put in a nice door. I figured I would go pre-hung and afterward have the stucco re-done in that area once I remove the add-on. I can also provide more pics if it will help but figured most of it could be seen in those.

There is also another door that needs to be dropped in as well. This one leads from the 3 car garage to the outside. I have been hanging new sheet rock in the garage and when I removed some of it near the door area I saw the framing for the doorway and noticed a layer of styrofoam right up against it. I tried to re-search it a but but didn't really come across anything. Gotta turn your head sideways!


This is the doorway for the garage to outside


And this is the outside add-on that is being removed after the doors are in and good to go.




Thanks a bunch!


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Old 10-03-2009, 10:48 PM   #2
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Really hard to tell anything from the pictures. Measure the wall thickness, measure the pre-hung jamb thickness, and go from there. 4-9/16" and 6-9/16" Does the surface stand proud of the door jambs? Measure the front door or a window for your stucco thickness and compare.
I hope that's not your dryer ducting above the door.......
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Old 10-05-2009, 05:12 PM   #3
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Gary, yes that is the vent tubing unfortunately. Like mentioned the previous owners enclosed that little section in so it could be an access way from the bathroom to garage where they had made the 3rd car a bedroom. After consideration I think I am going to close that wall back up where the door is now like it should of been. Some neighbors said the door was put in that spot so you could go right to the bathroom/shower directly from the pool.

The vent tubing will be put back to its original spot after I can get that add=on ripped down and the stucco re-done all in that area, just need to get a few quotes this week to see where I stand with cost.

Another reason for possibly getting rid of that door is its an odd size, about 30" and I am just not sure how much I like the idea of having a door that leads to a bathroom, doesn't seem to common. Tomorrow I will get some measurements of the wall thickness and everything as well. Is it a big process to get a section stucco'd? Thats my other concern that I might have to get the whole side of the house done so it looks ok.

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Old 10-05-2009, 07:18 PM   #4
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Not a problem for a good guy. I agree, it really doesn't fit the house. Give us an after picture, when done!
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