Because I’m an architectural designer, samples of custom doors often are delivered to my office for client approval. Observing these high-end entries whetted my appetite for similar doors of my own. Yet when I learned the doors I admired were $7000—per door—I felt like the newbie in a car showroom.
When I investigated further, I found that for just less than $100, I could purchase enough lumber to build a beautiful paint-grade door. Sure, my doors would be simpler, but I knew that buying them would be out of the question. Having just finished our new bathroom—all but the door—I jumped right in. The previous bathroom door was a solid-core slab with a birch face, certainly of good quality, but it just wasn’t what I wanted, especially after seeing so many custom doors.
After I made my new bathroom door, I loved the door but hated making it. Something had to give, especially because I needed to build 13 additional matching doors.