Anyone who knows my family knows where they can find us after 6:00pm. Right here, on our front porch. Every night. All year long.
One day I got to thinking... If I switched out the front door for a full glass door, we could enjoy the porch from inside as well. Sounds easy, right?
Just order a new door, remove the old one and plop it in.
After the door guy at the "Home Improvement Store" composed himself he explained to me that I would need to hire a professional installer to remove our decorative molding and re-build the entire door jam to accommodate a new door.
He also mentioned full glass pane doors like the one I had in mind cost $1000 and up
(10x my budget for this project).
Here is my $100 solution:
Instead of replacing the door, I had a glass insert installed in the existing steel slab door.
No professional installation required.
First, I removed the door by unscrewing the hinges. Then I covered the opening with a tarp while I ran the door up to my local door and window supplier (where I pre-ordered the glass insert).
I brought a can of Krylon black spray paint with me. I asked the window company to spray paint the inside of the grid before applying it to the glass. I knew I would be painting it black and did not want the white back side of the grid to show from the opposite side:
After I screwed the door back in place, I gave it a coat of primer. Then, a coat of black exterior semi gloss paint.
Now, we can enjoy this:
Not only did we acquire a great new view but the natural light we get from the new window is fantastic.
According to Murphie, this was the best home improvement project ever.
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