Today’s home topic is how to increase your front entrance size with a wider front door and transom. We partnered with Horner Millwork and Masonite to share this amazing front door entrance makeover and wait until you see it! A couple weeks ago, we removed the old standard front door at the split level home in Foxboro that we are renovating and needless to say, it was the best decision ever to increase the front door width and height.
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Modern front door with sidelights and transom
There are many ways to enhance your front entrance and one of the most important features of any home, in my opinion, is the front door.
You will notice below that the existing old front door was a standard size and nothing special. The front door was very old, skinny and added nothing to the curb appeal of the home.
The view from the inside was very dark and boxed off when looking at the front door from the top of the stairs. This front entrance is very typical of a split level home. If you want to see more of this cute split level house before we started renovating it, visit the split level home tour page.
Can you install a bigger front door?
Yes! You absolutely can install a bigger front door.
The first order of business when replacing your front door is to remove your old door. If you are like us and want to increase your front entrance size with a wider front door and transom look no further for inspiration because we are about to wow you!
Here is the rough opening after we removed the old door.
We removed all the sheetrock from the inside wall around and above the door opening in preparation to cut the wall width and height.
In the picture below, you can see the black windows (click to see window install) we installed a few weeks ago and the small front door opening.
Once the old door was removed, we had to cut the rough door opening to increase the height and width to fit the new front door from Horner Millwork and Masonite.
Prior to cutting into the wall, Jim installed a new header above the door opening to support the new larger front door. The new front door came prehung from Horner Millwork with sidelights and a window transom above the door.
How to make exterior opening bigger
Once the new door header was installed, we cut into the wall and removed the old wall framing to increase the width and height to accommodate the new Craftsman style front door.
The larger door opening will offer so much more natural light and visually look gorgeous from the inside and outside.
Once the rough door opening was finished, we added the door weather stripping tape and Advanced Silicone Adhesive along door threshold.
The new Masonite Craftsman front door is part of the Heritage Smooth Series featuring double sidelights and a 12″ transom. We also have black grills for the sidelights and transom that we will install at a later date.
See a full catalog of Masonite front doors at Horner Millwork (click here).
Front Door with Sidelights and Transom
I have worked with Horner Millwork for over 7 years now and their showrooms and sales staff are great!
If you have been following us for a while you may remember our partnership at our old house where did a huge front entrance patio door makeover with Masonite and Horner Millwork as well as our our pool pump house makeover.
The same patio doors that we installed on both of these past projects are also being installed in this split level house on the back patio.
That patio door post is coming soon!
You will notice that we added a roof overhang to also enhance the front door entrance. I will share the roof overhang tutorial soon!
The front door came prehung from Horner Millwork which makes is very easy to install.
A prehung door includes a door slab that is already hung in the frame and the doorknob and strike plate are precut. It’s kind of like an all in one kit! It makes life a lot easier during install to purchase your exterior door “prehung.”
Once the new door was set in place, we screwed the new door frame to the door opening frame.
Stay tuned, the kitchen cabinets (see kitchen demo here) have been installed, the planks on the ceiling are finished and the board and batten siding has been installed. The white board and batten along with the black windows has made this cute split level home completely unrecognizable!
Disclosure: I partnered with Horner Millwork and Masonite as part of our Split Level House Renovation Series.