A follower asked me where can they buy our door and door handle. Surprise! It’s pretty easy to order from big box stores like Home Depot, Lowes and Amazon. And guess what? You can usually ask the millwork staff when the quarterly savings event is and save 15%. We bought all our interior and exterior doors directly from Lowes with the discount.
Want to copy our look? Jump down to where to buy our door & hardware
Step 1: Get all the Door Catalogs
Visit a few door shops or big box stores and pick up door manufacturer’s catalogs. Our favorite fiberglass door manufacturer in the US is Codel.
We recommend fiberglass over wood in most cases. Wood doors are beautiful but they require more maintenance and double to triple in cost. Fiberglass doors is a perfect alternative and gives the best wood-like appearance with little to no maintenance.
Step 2: Pick a Door & Hardware
Contrast is your best friend. NEVER get a door that is too close to the color of your exterior paint. You want to make your door stand out! Solid colors can make a playful bold statement, and wood tones provides a more natural look. If possible, get windows and sidelights for more natural light inside but bare privacy in mind.
As for the design. Just keep it simple like a solid slab style with some minor details or trim work. Any windows should be clear or frosted/satin etch. Don’t get a funky mosaic pattern —more cost too!
Plan for your hardware. If you want a handle, you’ll need to order a door without any predrilled holes! Holes can always be drilled by your installer but obviously you cannot fill a hole if it already exists.
Step 3: Buy & Install
Compare with local door shops or the big box stores. Every shop will have different mark up prices —I found big box stores like Lowes the least expensive especially come their quarterly 15% off sale. So call around once you’ve picked your door. They will also have installers on hand or just start hunting for the right handy person.
Tip: Plan in advance because it can take weeks to manufacture and ship! Don't expect to get it done in one week!
Our Splurge Front Door
Our front door is from Codel and it was in their 2016 Contemporary Classic Catalogue as 68 Teak Grain Door (Page 30 in this catalogue). Our door with the skylight costed around $2,000 (compared to a Simpson wood option that was ~$5,000!) but this was back in 2017, with 15% door sale and does not include labor to install.
We also wanted a large handle to get a grand unique look. You can start shopping for this by searching for “Matte Black large steel door handle”. Home depot has options and Amazon have them too!
Modern Stainless Steel Aluminum Door Handles
- Double-sided handles: Installed on both inside and outside of a single door
- Installed up to 3.2 inches thick doors
- Installed on Solid Wood Doors, Timber Door, Glass and Aluminum Doors, Gate Doors and Entry Store Front Doors
- Made from Stainless Steel Sus304 Exterior Grade in Painted Matt Black Finish
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A cheaper alternative
We ended up getting this affordable one for our side door from Home Depot for ~$500 a few years ago. It does come pre-hung (easier install) and pre-drilled holes. We recommend matching it with a standard deadbolt and door lever from Kwikset or Schlage brands.
36 in. x 80 in. Contemporary Teak Modern Light Oak Right-Hand Inswing Stained Fiberglass Prehung Front Door
- Lifetime warranty
- Full composite frame system, will never rot
- High-performance fiberglass flush glaze door for easy maintenance