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Question DetailsAsked on 8/13/2017

How much am I looking to spend to remove the exterior door in my kitchen and add french doors in dining room?

I am wanting to get estimates of how much it might cost to completely remove the exterior door in my kitchen including repairing with drywall and siding (as if door was never there) and add French doors in my Dining room? I would like more space in my kitchen for cabinets/counters etc. I am in 45215, my house was built in 1925 and it has vinyl siding. Kitchen/dining was remodeled several years ago so I believe it has drywall vs plaster. Thanks!

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Since you are looking to remove and close in an existing kitchen door as well as putting in a french door in dining room (my sympathy there - as most experts agree that with french doors, unless completely protected by roof overhang or awning, it is not a question of whether they will leak but just when), you are looking for a Remodeling - General Contractor. Maybe the one who did the previous remodel if you were happy with him.

Depending on how tough it is to match finishes (interior and exterior), filling in the window and touching up finishes can vary a lot, but I would be guessing $600-1000 would be a common ballpark number.

French doors themselves generally run from $350-600 for cheapo one like Home Depot store brand on up to more like for $700-1000 for normal brand ones, to $1500-4000 for higher end ones. Installation generally $500-800 commonly if replacing a like-sized french or sliding glass door, more like $800-1500 commonly for a new opening - can run ninto the $2000's in difficult situations like brick or concrete wall construction or if there is a current major load coming down on top of where the new door will be going.

Commonly additional $250-700 to put a shed roof or awning or such over it large enough to limit rain infiltration.

One hint - most french doors that I have seen open inwards, but that infringes on interior room space. Most locales require inswing if there is a step-down right outside the door (as opposed to a 3 or more foot landing) and in some northern areas inswing is required for all exterior doors on residential homes so emergency egress is not blocked by snow buildup against it in a storm.

Otherwise, my preference is definitely outswing, even if it means extending the landing outside to allow that - not only because it does not interfere with room space (dining room space in your case), but also outswing allows for overlapping door design over the doorframe so the door takes the brunt of the water-shedding job, rather than counting on driplips and weatherstripping to keep the water out (which invariably fails and ends up with wet flooring).

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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