A Window Becomes French Doors

7 Apr

Pretty much right from the beginning we knew we wanted to take out the window in our dining room and add French doors. This way we’d be able to walk out right to the pool from the main living area. Now that they are in, it feels like it was always supposed to be this way.

Here’s a before shot of the aformentioned window.


Here’s Ben and my brother Josh working on the doors. Josh helped us out while he was home on spring break from college a couple weeks ago (thanks bro!).


And here is how the room is looking now. It makes a huge difference!


The doors let in a ton more light and it is so convenient to walk right outside from here. We use them constantly.


My apologies it’s really difficult to take good photos of windows and doors from indoors. Tips welcome.


What’s really neat is that you can open just one, or both of the doors at the same time.


Of course those stairs are temporary and it will lead out to our future patio and deck.

Here’s a shot of the window from the outside before.


And now.IMG_2864The doors came from Home Depot by a brand called Feather River. They were only about $400 without hardware and we just added 2 oil rubbed bronze doorknobs and a deadbolt. Not bad since we were quoted up to $3,600 for them.

Gotta love when an upgrade is equal parts form and function!

6 Responses to “A Window Becomes French Doors”

  1. onthistrail April 8, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    Great transformation! It looks like it adds a lot more light into the space, too.

  2. Kelly Curtis April 10, 2013 at 7:03 am #

    Amanda and Ben

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  3. Kim May 21, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    HI I’ve just discovered your blog today and love the french doors! I’d love to do something similar with a set of double windows in our dining area. ANyway, I wanted to ask a few things. First – how was installation? We are needing all new exterior doors – 4 of them – and have debated having them installed but Home Depot costs $319 per door. I’m concerned my husband – who is very handy but has never done a door before – won’t have enough time and it’ll take forever to get them done!

    Also, I see you got Feather River doors. I know they haven’t been in long but how do you like them so far? Our front door that Home Depot quoted us on was a Feather River door and I’d never heard of them. Seem like nice doors, though, but just curious. We’re in Iowa so the same climate as you – how efficient do those doors seem for keeping out cold air?

    Sorry for all the questions! Thanks – Kim

    • 12oaksblog May 24, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

      Hi Kim- Regarding putting the doors in yourself the main issue is if the windows are the same size width as the doors and if the top of the window is the same height of where the door would be. If not, you would need to build a new header which is structural and a tricky job. But if your dimensions of the window and doors are equal, it’s not too difficult and if your husband is handy you should be good. But if your husband is hesitant then it might be better safe than sorry since you are
      essentially putting a hole in the side of your house.

      Regarding Feather River, we have been happy with the quality so far and it was a third of the price. So I would recommend them!

      Hope this was helpful! Thanks for visiting.


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