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Old 04-08-2013, 12:26 PM
 
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Personally, it's purely cosmetic, and I wouldn't pay an extra $4000 for it.
Functioning double doors are certainly not purely cosmetic.
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:13 PM
 
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If you have ever moved appliances/furniture in/out, you know how wonderful double doors can be. You won't have to use them often but when you do, you will be glad they are there.
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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Agree with everyone who said double, though the price is yikes!
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:09 AM
 
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Those Glass & Iron doors ,look nice, make moving furniture easy and let light pass through to keep foyer bright.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:54 AM
 
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is it easier to break into double front doors?
just wondering if having a set makes it more difficult to safeguard/protect than a single door...and you can also have a wider than normal front door especially if it is going to be custom made

there is builder supply outlet in FTW or NRHills in Tarrant county and they carry lots of what look like unfinished wood entrance doors in various styles and woods...
you might want to check dimensions you need there and see what their prices are...
I know that front doors can be fiendishly expensive but if you arent doing any comparison shopping you won't know if you are being taken advantage of...
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:57 AM
 
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PS--I don't know that an appraiser will give you much of an upgrade on having a double front door--
that is mainly a cosmetic issue--
to an appraiser a front door is a functional issue and every house has to have one
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:06 AM
 
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With dozens of windows, balconies, porch,patio doors and garage doors, safety factor for front door is of no value. It should just look nice, let light in and must offer enough space to let bulky furniture in and out. A huge single door is as good as two double doors so its just upto your personal preference. Only dumbest intruders would try to break in through front doors in homes that have dozens of weaker points of entry.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:46 AM
 
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Scatter-shooting:

1. OP whether you go single or double ask for 1.75" door thickness.

2. Really wide single doors are generally a no-go from a cost perspective. A really wide solid wood or wood and glass + iron door would weigh hundreds of pounds. That means the door itself would generally tend to sag requiring exceptional measures to ward off said sagging - like rabbiting in metal around the edges of the door ($$) or fashioning wood around a hidden metal frame ($$$). Can it be done sure. It's done all the time but the cost is way outside the OP's context. An old buddy builds custom doors out in Arizona - most times he can make anything people want assuming the budget is congruent with the idea.

3. Regarding appraisals - I just looked to be sure, our appraisal does mention - in writing and via multiple pictures - our double door FWIIW. That said we live in an area where that sort of thing is more or less expected.
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:39 AM
 
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With dozens of windows, balconies, porch,patio doors and garage doors, safety factor for front door is of no value. It should just look nice, let light in and must offer enough space to let bulky furniture in and out. A huge single door is as good as two double doors so its just upto your personal preference. Only dumbest intruders would try to break in through front doors in homes that have dozens of weaker points of entry.
I agree.
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