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Old 04-14-2008, 06:53 PM   #1
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Exterior Door: is there a middle ground between a factory unit & a solid wood custom?

Hi from Toronto. I'm looking to replace a beat up exterior door on a lovely old home. In price terms, I hope to find a middle ground between Home Depot and full custom. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

The current set-up is a storm door / wooden door combination. Standard size. The new unit is to be a single wooden exterior door, with an etched glass insert to provide interior light.

For the new door, at one end of the price scale, there are they manufactured units from the big box stores. I'm told that is an absolute no by the woman of the house.

At the other extreme, is a custom-made, solid mahogany door from a major provider here in Toronto. Beautiful, but with staining ($1500 alone), hardware and installation, the finished door quote is between $6-7k, before tax.

Is there a middle ground? A way to get an attractive door in solid wood for less? Where would the savings come from?

And for Torontonians, any suppliers that you'd recommend would also be much appreciated.
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Old 04-15-2008, 12:08 AM   #2
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There are hundreds of companies that make doors. Simpson, Nord, Jen-Weld, and on and on. Any reason you don't do a web search? Many of them will provide local retailers with the insertion of your zipcode or whatever they call it in Canada.
You might need to give them more information then,"standard size", though.
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