Deciding on Interior Doors

On Christmas Eve we received an email from our contractor:  “I would like to order the doors on Thursday. I have a few questions. What door style are we trying to match, the six panel style on the basement door or the three panel style on the powder room? Also, what style casement would you like, ranch style which is just a smooth subtle curve or colonial which has more design to it? I cannot remember what you have in the house.”

Six-panel door
Six-panel door
First the doors.  I prefer the 6-panel door of which we actually have 2:  one to the attic and one to the basement.
3-panel door
3-panel door

The other doors in the house are a less-detailed, 3-panel variety.

This closet in the mudroom will get double doors below and some doors covering the niche above.
This closet in the mudroom will get double doors below and some doors covering the niche above.

But if the doors he’s talking about are the mudroom closet and pantry double doors it would be really nice if they went with the kitchen cabinet Shaker style doors.  Our Shiloh cabinet doors are the “Homestead” model.  Very simple.

Our Shiloh Homestead doors will be this style.
Our Shiloh Homestead doors will be this style.

I was inspired for simpler doors on the mudroom closet here and the pantry here.

We've deciding on double doors for the pantry which will open into the kitchen so we won't lose any storage room.
We’ve decided on double doors for the pantry which will open into the kitchen so we won’t lose any storage space.

And the trim in the house is very basic.  I would call it ranch style.

The window and door trim is rancher style.
The window and door trim is rancher style.

So that’s what we’ll go with.

Casing profiles
Casing profiles

Some day we might want to upgrade.  The oldest part of our second floor (built in 1946) has very simple but effective 1 by 4 trim around the windows.

Laundry room original window trim
Laundry room original window trim

I also touched on another trim detail in my response email: trim around the new large openings in the master bedroom, conservatory, and kitchen.

The large opening on the right of the master bedroom would look great with custom casements.
The large opening on the right of the master bedroom would look great with custom casements.

I would love these to be trimmed up with lovely custom molding something like the ones here.  Wouldn’t that look spectacular?

How do you decide on things like doors?  They all look alike until you need to pick one, n’est-ce pas?

Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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