So as stress levels go I think nothing stresses me out quite as much as measuring,choosing and ordering windows/doors. On our existing house, we had Andersen 400 series in dark bronze so we knew we would keep with the look for the addition and garage. Because we had changed the number of windows/door and sizes along the way I was nervous I had given the framers the wrong measurements somehow and we would have to re-frame. We walked around the property to each opening and as my husband yelled out measurements and I kept track of how many we needed of which size, simple right? The doors on the other hand were a struggle. I had to choose three doors. One door used to get into the garage from the exterior and one into our rental upstairs and then one what would eventually be our new entryway into the house. Doors are another story for one there are many different styles, then I had to decide color and glass configuration. Doors are not cheap either so even a base model with no bells or whistles will start around two thousand dollars. Now keeping with my modern farmhouse look I was drawn to french doors instead of a slider. Which is also more expensive. My father once told me I had naturally expensive taste, there could be ten items all the same but I would choose the most expensive and I don't think that has changed much. I found one photo that summed up everything I was looking for. A mix of vertical Board & Batten and shingles for siding
So I started hunting for the right finish on the door. My father in law brought me an Andersen Door and window book and I created a Pinterest board named Addition & Garage and would spend my days searching farmhouse doors. Here are some photos of inspiration After a week or so I looked through my board and realized I was pinning the same door over and over just in different colors. It was a full glass door with what they call two over two because the panes are separated that way.
The hardest decision I had was whether the door was going to be wood or color matched to our windows. Final decision was the door was to be color matched to the windows. I felt this would give a clean look and make a statement against the white siding. The other two doors I chose to match would come primed and I would paint them to match the existing door on our current entry.
Next decision was siding but that wasn't hard at all. From the minute we began this project I already had this decided.I wanted a white vertical Board & batten . Because this is not a typical siding used here on Cape Cod it was not an easy route since people are apprehensive of what they're not familiar with. I had many people along the way say why not just use shingles, or are you sure? but I was sure. 100% sure. For me it was just about finding the company to order it from and choosing the final size of the batten . I decided on a product called Certainteed Cedarboards Rough Cedar 12" in Colonial white and surprise its vinyl! It comes 1 square / box which makes ordering a breeze.
We installed windows first. Everything fit like a glove, it took us two days to install 13 windows. up next were the doors we started on the singles and I was absolutely in love
and then the day came we were finally installing my Andersen french door in dark bronze. It was like Christmas morning for me. We asked a cousin to stop by to help with the lifting because this thing was massive and getting it into place was going to take all hands on deck.
If happiness was a door for me this would be it. We installed the lead pan, lifted the door into place one guy held it while the other installed it and well I couldn't but stand back and admire it all the while snapping some photos of course. Everyday I walk into what will be our new entryway and admire these doors. That tells me I chose right . Siding install and reveal needs it's own post so stay tuned. I'll go through trial and error of installation , nothing quite learning something new!
HI, I'm Meagan -aka Meg, I'm here to share what it's like Living, Working & renovating life on Cape Cod . We're making our house a home one renovation at a time. Home wasn’t built in a day, but the journey is half the fun.