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Why Choosing The Right Exterior Door Can Increase Property Value

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Why choosing the right exterior door can increase property value.  Many people will say to me when they are asking about curb appeal, it’s just a door. Well, it’s not just a door. A door is the focal point for every home, shed, barn and even a chicken coop. I don’t care what you are building, the door is one of the most important features of a building. If you are going to invest any amount of money on a structural building, get the door style and color right the first time! It will 9 times out of 10,  pay off when you sell your home.

Cherry Stain Exterior French Doors Pool House with Hip Roof

Here is the before.

Related: See the pool house when we started to frame around the pump and filter 

Hip Roof Pool House Shed with no doors or windows

We recently partnered with Horner Millwork here in Massachusetts who happens to be one of the leading millwork companies in New England. They are a distributor and a custom manufacturer of windows, doors, kitchens and stairs to the residential and commercial markets and you guys, they are AMAZING people.

RELATED: See our previous partnership with Masonite and Horner Millwork when we installed our foyer entrance doors at our old house.

Horner Millwork Cherry Exterior Door Delivery | Pool House Doors

If you are building any type of structure, you want to visit a Horner Millwork store. Not only will you get great customer service but you will have a professional design consultant who can help you chose the correct style for you project.

Full Lite Vista Grande Double Door Unit

They delivered the doors wrapped in a wood frame and protected with cardboard. The door above is a Masonite Full Lite Vista Grande Double Door Unit in a Cherry Stain.

Full Lite Vista Grande Double Door Unit

Choosing The Right Exterior Door Can Increase Property Value

If you have been following along, you know that we purchased our home earlier this year and spent 95% of our time, effort and money landscaping and creating a backyard .

Pool House Shed Pool Pump + Pool Filter

Curb appeal isn’t just about the front of the house.  Curb appeal also takes place in the backyard. We are always thinking resale with any property we own. Our latest outdoor DIY project entailed a pool house shed to protect the pool filter and pumps from the outdoors.

FAther and Daughter building a pool house

For those of you who know my dad, you know that when he says he is starting a small project, it never ends small. It ends big. What started as a small 4×6 building to cover the pool filter became a larger scaled building that has a great storage space for the outdoor furniture during the winter months.

Full Lite Vista Grande Double Door Unit

We decided to take a little extra time with the pool house to mimic the existing house. How did we do this? We added a hip roof (like our house has) and we coordinated the two exterior doors to resemble a similar style to the front door.

Full Lite Vista Grande Double Door Unit

I love the Fir Textured Door and how it looks like real wood!

Full Lite Vista Grande Double Door Unit

The pool house is one of the first things you see as you drive up to our garage area so we wanted to make sure that the pool house looked as good as it could! Taking a little extra time to carefully coordinate with the existing structures on your property can really boost your property value if you do it right.

I know first hand because any house that we have ever owned, it’s often times the little details that it boils down to when choosing a house. When you are selling your house, you want  your house to have all the tiny details so that it stands out in a crowd. Make sense?

Hip Roof Pool House Shed with no doors or windows

After:

Cherry Stain Exterior French Doors Pool House with Hip Roof

Masonite Full Lite Vista Grande Double Door Unit

Cherry Stain Exterior French Doors Pool House with Hip Roof | Full Lite Vista Grande Double Door Unit

Full Lite Vista Grande Double Door Unit Cherry Color

I love the cherry stain color and the wood grain texture. These doors are amazing!

Cherry Stain Exterior French Doors Pool House with Hip Roof

We worked with Horner Millwork to pick a color that would coordinate with the front door of our house as well as the overall exterior look of our house.

Pool House Shed Pool Pump + Pool Filter

The second door that is the entrance to the pump is an outward swing door and we decided to go with a solid door but wanted to create custom look so we went with the Masonite Heritage 3-Panel Craftsman Fir Textured Double Door Unit.

 Masonite Heritage 3-Panel Craftsman Fir Textured Double Door Unit, finished with a Cherry stain in our Fortress Coatings shop

Our house resembles a European style so we wanted a rich warm door tone to coordinate with the house.

 Masonite Heritage 3-Panel Craftsman Fir Textured Double Door Unit, finished with a Cherry stain in our Fortress Coatings shop

Choosing The Right Exterior Door Can Increase Property Value

The outward swing allows us to access the pump and filter from the outside and makes for easy access.

 Masonite Heritage 3-Panel Craftsman Fir Textured Double Door Unit, finished with a Cherry stain in our Fortress Coatings shop

After:

 Masonite Heritage 3-Panel Craftsman Fir Textured Double Door Unit, finished with a Cherry stain in our Fortress Coatings shop

A beauty right?

 Pool House Masonite Heritage 3-Panel Craftsman Fir Textured Double Door Unit, finished with a Cherry stain in our Fortress Coatings shop

The wood grain texture creates architectural interest and is very appealing to the eye. Remember, you do not always have to get a plain basic door! You can customize the texture and color.

Pool House Masonite Heritage 3-Panel Craftsman Fir Textured Double Door Unit, finished with a Cherry stain in our Fortress Coatings shop

Masonite offers a variety of affordable exterior doors that come in all different styles. Ultimately, we chose the Masonite Heritage 3-Panel Craftsman Fir Textured Double Door Unit, finished with a Cherry stain with the Fortress Coatings System , as well as a coordinating Full Lite Vista Grande Double Door Unit.

Pool House Masonite Heritage 3-Panel Craftsman Fir Textured Double Door Unit, finished with a Cherry stain in our Fortress Coatings shop

I am not sure if Mother Nature is going to cooperate and allow us to get the pool house sided this year but if not, we will be back in the Spring to share the full pool house reveal.

Pool House Masonite Heritage 3-Panel Craftsman Fir Textured Double Door Unit, finished with a Cherry stain in our Fortress Coatings shop

Next Spring we will paint the columns and stairs and once the siding is put on, we will probably add some cute window boxes.

You can see the hip roof design on the house and I think tying in the pool house roof creates a cohesive look.

Pool House Masonite Heritage 3-Panel Craftsman Fir Textured Double Door Unit, finished with a Cherry stain in our Fortress Coatings shop

The next time you are starting an exterior project, be sure to take your time when choosing an exterior door as it can really add value to your home. An exterior door is a focal point for any structure and it’s important to get it right!

New England fall landscape, leaves turning color, green grass, mediterranean home

If you are not sure what kind of door or color to pick, you can always bring a picture with you to the store and show the design consultants. If you are going to spend the money on a door, be sure to take your time in an effort to provide additional value to your home.

Be sure to check out the Horner Millwork site for store locations and if you head to a store, tell them I sent you!

As you can see, there are many options for exterior doors we started with the base Masonite door and created an amazing custom look (which you can do too!) which was completed  in the Horner Millwork Fortress Coatings Systems™  finishing shop.The Fortress shop provides a high-quality long lasting finish that is warrantied for 10 years.  The Fortress Shop also uses  Sherwin Williams industrial paints and stains. You can read more about the Fortress Coating Systems on the Horner Millwork blog.

Disclosure: This was a sponsored by Horner Millwork and Masonite. All opinions and words are 100% my own. The doors are amazing!

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4 Comments

  1. You have such an amazing yard and your pool house project does tie in nicely with your house.

  2. It does look great! I like that the roof matches your house. I like the cherry wood color too! Our dining set is that color. I also like the one picture you took where the fall trees are reflected in the windows of the door.