You cannot restore old homes without visiting your local salvage stores. I’m still looking for two doors (office and basement) in a specific style (Mission, vertical 2-panel), so I make it a point to visit one of 2 stores fairly regularly, Cincinnati ReUse Center and Building Value. This morning I went to Building Value and scored big time. Not with doors for my house, but brand new, pre-hung doors for my future garage apartment.
My back door is a 3-panel craftsman styled door I got from Home Depot. I had decided that if I couldn’t find a 2-panel I’d buy another 3-panel. When I saw the exact door at Building Value for $50 I jumped on it. It only measured 30″ wide, 32″ with the jamb. I thought that was the opening for the basement door. It was not, I needed a 32″ wide door.
I could have made it work, but I decided to take a look at my garage plans and low and behold, the door for the bedroom specified a 30″ door. The plan also calls for a 28″ door for the bathroom and bedroom closet and I knew they had more new doors, so I went back. Sure enough, they had a 28″ 3-panel and a 28″ 1-panel. I snatched both of them up.
The 1-panel door is taller than the others, but I figure it’s a closet door, so who would care. Also, I’m not concerned with it not matching the other 2 because the 1-panel will allow me to hang a mirror on the door giving my future tenant a full-length mirror. I bought twin size mattress bags to keep them covered and set them on a skid to keep them off the ground, just in case I get water in the basement. What started as a search for some elusive doors saved me at least $350.