>> 12.01.2010

I think I'm in the top 10% of most needy bloggers... I know I ask you all for your opinions a lot, but I could really use some help on this one!

Since the beginning, I've HATED this thing:

My sliding glass door.

It's 1980's, it's broken, and it's awful!
Luckily, it's finally time for me to kick it to the curb. Woo! My choices? Not so "woo."

Here are the thoughts bouncing around in my head:
1. I want to get the most bang for my resale buck. I want to make back most of the money I put into this project (selling the door I have now isn't an option).
2. I'm not sure a fancy or upgraded door will be a selling feature in my house.
3. The cheapest option is to go with something that is in stock at Lowe's/ Home Depot.
4. I hate all of the in stock options! 

The dream would be to have some fabulous Pella French doors, but this just isn't the dream house.
What would you do? Would you pay for an upgrade in a door or stick with the bland basic sliding option? What do you think a potential buyer might expect?

PS Groupon is hosting a sign up special right now. They'll give you $5 in Groupon Bucks after making your first purchase. I use Groupon all the time- here's how I check if I'm getting a good deal.


Graydens Mama December 1, 2010 at 11:01 AM  

In my opinion, if the rest of the house isn't done in "fabulous upgrades" then I wouldn't pay the money to do one with the door.

If this isn't your dream house... then I wouldn't put your dream doors in. Sounds like little to no investment return to me.

Julie,  December 1, 2010 at 11:30 AM  

If it ain't the dream house (or even the 5-10 year house) and you don't think you'll get most of your money back in resale, I'd not splurge on the Pella.

Maybe try your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore, either for a replacement for you or to donate yours (to offset your cost with a donation tax credit).

Amanda- Hip House Girl December 1, 2010 at 11:43 AM  

I think I would probably do a regular ol- sliding glass door, especially if you can't imagine something like Pella french doors to show up in many of the houses around yours. Or are there decent looking knockoff french doors? At least in my neighborhood, no one would know the difference...

Life in Rehab December 1, 2010 at 11:45 AM  

When I got rid of our nightmare of an 80's sliding glass door, I went for impact French doors. They did suck up some budget, but I'm so happy I did it.

Kate December 1, 2010 at 11:55 AM  

I would do the french doors, it is usually worth it to get what you love - maybe try a re-store or cl or something?

craftosaurus December 1, 2010 at 11:57 AM  

If I was buying a house (again), french doors would be a huge selling point. Could you go with a version made by a less pricey manufacturer?

Maggie @ Okay, now what? December 1, 2010 at 12:00 PM  

I think I would go with French doors. Restore or used would be a good option. Also they don't have to be fancy just a step up from sliding doors.

The Brick Cottage December 1, 2010 at 12:16 PM  

I would check around for more french door options. We come across them all the time on Craigslist so maybe you'll have some luck there!

Carole December 1, 2010 at 12:45 PM  

we did upgrade the 1980s door in our last place...we got a wood-framed Andersen door, and it really looked a lot nicer, but I don't know if the buyer noticed!

getting a more energy efficient door is a good call, and you might qualify for the tax credit...maybe there are stock options at a door/window retailer that are more appealing but not as expensive as custom orders from the HD/Lowes>

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog December 1, 2010 at 12:46 PM  

Hmm... a lot to think about. How much more money would you guys who vote French spend on top of the sliding door cost?

threeacres December 1, 2010 at 12:51 PM  

Do you have a Menard's nearby? We got ours on special order from them (I think it was Jeldwen brand) for much less than the comparable fiberglass patio doors HD had in stock. We got a center swing door with a fixed panel because I hate how sliding doors get stuck over time and french doors are very inefficient. Plus with the swinging door having it's hinges in the center when you open it the door covers the fixed panel so you don't need to have a lot of empty space where the door would normally swing open. Oh and with french doors you can't have a bug screen. We love opening our door completely and airing our house out so that was a no go.

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog December 1, 2010 at 12:58 PM  

@threeacres~ We don't, but I agree that the fixed door is the perfect combo of the two doors.

Allison December 1, 2010 at 1:14 PM  

I also vote French doors!

Mrs. Chic December 1, 2010 at 2:15 PM  

I would skip sliding glass doors 0 and go for French doors! We have an updated sliding glass doors that were replacing with French ones in the future

Mrs. Kat December 1, 2010 at 2:32 PM  

I would stick with what's in keeping with the neighborhood. No need shelling out extra bucks for something that may not give you a return when you sell!

Livinia Redlips December 1, 2010 at 3:32 PM  

I would just put in a standard, in-stock sliding door.

When you do sell - it will be functional and look a ton better, yet you'll have saved $ for your NEXT HOUSE.

RJ @ A Life Designed December 1, 2010 at 4:33 PM  

Our house is in the starter price range in a very working-class area, so all of the updates we've done have been fairly basic. Even though we will be living with it for the next 5 or so years, long term there's no point in shelling out $ we won't see a return on.

Because you're not in your dream house, I'd definitely opt for good price and function over dream doors.

Carly @ Honey and the Moon December 1, 2010 at 4:42 PM  

I say stick with the sliding door. I know they aren't pretty, but a newer one with a pretty set of curtains in front of it could look nice.

My hubby and I are in a "starter home," and while there are many updates we'd like to make, we constantly have to remind ourselves that this isn't the house we want to be in forever. Since it isn't our dreamhome it just doesn't make much sense to put in loads of money where we won't get the return.

Good luck! x

The Thriftress December 1, 2010 at 5:16 PM  

When we were remodeling our "starter home" I went with a sliding door that has the white grills like a french door. Cheaper than a french door but still pretty like one. I think, though, that it had to be ordered. It was not an in stock item. Good luck!

The Ballard Family December 1, 2010 at 5:54 PM  

This is not your dream home, so I say go with a standard slider. Then when someone buys your home and wants to upgrade it into their dream home, they can pay for it! I don't think keeping it a slider will be a deal breaker for a potential buyer.

Sara @ Russet Street Reno December 1, 2010 at 10:38 PM  

Just do a basic slider. Lots of people put those in and there is nothing wrong with them. French doors would be ideal, but there is no need to spend thousands if you're not going to get that money back!

Kate@TwentySixToLife December 2, 2010 at 1:04 PM  

What do other houses in your area have? If they all have sliders, I say stick with those. We have two huge sliding glass doors in our house, and I would love to replace them with french doors too, but every house around us has sliding doors.

I think just upgrading what you have now will go a long way to helping for future resale purposes, so I wouldn't fret that you aren't upgrading to the priciest option. Especially if you go for a more energy efficient door, you'll save money on your bills with just that.

Alexis L., The Studioist December 2, 2010 at 7:50 PM  

I think you should hold out for something you like (if not love) that is in the price range you are willing to pay. A relative of mine has attended deconstruction auctions and found new Anderson and Pella windows for 80%-90% off. You might not find a discount that deep but I feel confident you can find a good value and acceptable aesthetic if you wait a bit.

Anonymous,  December 5, 2010 at 7:56 PM  

Look into a slider that looks like French doors. We just did this for space reasons last year. The best part was that we actually upgraded to a much nicer looking door because the cost was so much better than the traditional French doors we were replacing. And I don't have any wasted space in the room now that I don't have to swing my doors inward.

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