There’s a Storm a Brewin’

July 14, 2016

Adding a storm door to the front entrance of the house was at the top of our priority list. As mentioned in this post, we’re not fans of the current front door and sidelight — they just don’t match the rustic charm of the rest of the house. Replacing those are certainly on our to-do list; they are functional though so definitely not a top priority at this point. Needs > Wants. At least for now. (But can you secretly help me convince Evan that the kitchen renovation is actually a need and not a want? I know we’ll get to it at some point but…maybe sooner? #okthanks)


IMG_0641We wanted to be able to keep the front door open to create more light inside. Having a storm door allows just that, plus we can easily see Reyna when she’s waiting to be let back in from her adventures outside! Let me tell ya, this dog is certainly reaping the benefits of our renovations. And she totally deserves it all. 🙂


IMG_0648We looked at storm doors at Menards a couple weeks ago and found a Larson one that we really liked. We wanted a lot of glass and a sturdier/heavier door, which of course are a bit more expensive — but this is something that we see as an investment and that we want to last for a long time. A screen was also a necessity, especially one high enough that Reyna wouldn’t be able to reach with her paws. We found the Premier Lakeview with Retractable Screen Away from Larson in brown, which matches our door frame perfectly. You have to purchase a handle separately, and we chose the antique brass finish for ours. Best news? Menards had our size/color in stock, AND we bought it during one of their 11%-rebate-on-everything sales! Major win.


I absolutely love the retractable screen! It’s so great to see only glass when the screen is up — such a clean look. Side note: can we talk about how I’m giddy over a screen door? Like, this is adulthood, right? Right.


IMG_0670Installing the door was a pretty smooth process. The toughest part was drilling screws into the existing metal door frame, but we made it work. (I should say, Evan made it work! I mostly drank beer and watched.) It’s amazing how such a basic addition can make such an impact. We are so, so happy with our new door!


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  • Reply Stacy @Blake Hill House July 15, 2016 at 5:25 am

    It looks great! I really like the style you chose and the handle. As for your front door, I wonder if you could change the glass in the interim. That change might fit in the budget vs. changing out the whole door. Different glass without etching might match your aesthetic more. PS: Wish I knew how to convince your husband the kitchen is a need vs. want. My only suggestion is to secretly break things while he isn’t looking or release a squirrel in there while you are away. 😀

  • Reply Amanda July 15, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Love the storm door! It looks great and I bet it lets in so much light!

  • Reply LARSON Doors May 30, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Thanks for commenting on our “easy instruction” post on Instagram today. Loved finding this blog about your LARSON door. Looks great and what a beautiful home you have!

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