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Building a new front door? Answered

Are there any codes or regulations (in general, or more specifically in Philly) that I should know about before building a new wooden front door? And what other things should I consider besides security and insulation? Thanks!

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caitlinsdad

Best Answer 9 years ago

If you are replacing just the door and not modifying the entranceway or frame, I don't think you would need any permits. If you are cutting a new hole for an entrance there are structural considerations and the rough framing needs to be to code. You might want to check with a builder or contractor, it may be quicker than dealing with the city bureacracy. Any changes might need a permit or an architect to do drawings to file. If the house is in a historic area or subdivision with a co-op or board, you might have to have pre-approval. Good luck.

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caitlinsdadcaitlinsdad

Answer 9 years ago

And if you are just crafting a door, you might want to consider hardware - hinges and locks. What style you want to make it and the choice of wood and finishes. Check out finehombuilding.com or finewoodworking.com for articles on doors.

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nosemeatcaitlinsdad

Answer 9 years ago

It's just the door itself, and it is an old building that's in a Co-op (you get points for accuracy!), but as it turns out, all the buildings in the Co-op have different style doors as it is. The idea of hardware hadn't occurred to me at all. Thanks for the help and info!