The next week when Ryan was off work, he began replacing the aspenite that had rotted. The siding installation got 3/4 done before the last weekend in July. It got it completely finished last week. Dad, Logan, and I helped him, but he did the majority of it. He has not done anything like this before so I'm very proud of him.
Now for the details so you can replicate these doors if you wish. I purchased cheap framing lumber. This door is 48" wide by 81.5" tall. So for these doors, I used nine 1x6x8 and six 1x4x8. One of the 1x6 we had to rip down to size and we put those smaller strips in the centres of the doors, one on each door. To hold the lumber together as tightly as possible so as to take out the 'warblies' and eliminate as much of the cracks between each plank as possible, we used the Kreg Jig Jr and put pocket holes along the backs of the lumber. We put a set of 2 holes on each plank (except the last board of each door) near the top, at the middle, and near the bottom. Then, we screwed a 1x4 cut to length along the four vertical edges, finishing the 'frame' off by screwing in 1x4 cut to length to fill in the horizontal sections between at top and bottom. Lastly, we cut and screwed in 1x4 to fit in the middle horizontally on each door. A coat of the same stain I used on the shutters on the house, nicely finished the doors off. I painted the exterior door trim with the same paint that I used on the house's exterior doors. The trim was built with a 1x6 at the top and 1x4's at the two sides.
Due to the 'warbly' door frame and newly built doors, we had to shave some of the edges of the frame using my Dremel. When that wasn't enough, we had to take part of one door's frame off and rip some off of one side. Doing this stuff after a long day in the sun was certainly not the fun part of things but it now fits and functions correctly.
The Kent store I bought the hinges from only had those 2 sets left so I do have to pick one more set up to put in the middles. Ryan & Dad pointed out to me that I will also need to install some sort of latch in the centre to enable a lock to be added. I haven't figured out that one yet from a cosmetic point of view. Also, I need to add some sort of mechanism to be able to tie back the doors when we need them kept open. That, too, needs to be visually appealing so I have yet to figure that out, as well.
After the correct hardware is chosen and installed, the only thing left to do to the doors is to add the cross pieces to form the 'diamond', which will be painted grey to make them pop visually. Lastly, I will be painting the vinyl siding white to match the house.
I plan to eventually add some landscaping around it. Having either boxwoods or global cedars on either side of the door would look so nice. I could even build a tall wooden planter for either side for the global cedar. Then, along the sides I would like to add maybe some hosta. I like nice clean lines and simplicity with greenery and rock beds so it will definitely be something like that.
Here's a quick mock-up of what it may look like finished. I have to decide whether to add the color to the eaves or not.