Crestview doorlights on my new MCM house

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Crestview doorlights on my new MCM house

Postby seattle-rain » Sat Jan 23, 2010 5:25 pm

We are about to close on a MCM house. I am sure I will have a lot of questions as we start restoring her. (We are only the second owners, and the house has been very well maintained, so some things are still intact).

One of the first things I'd like to do is fix the entrance. I'd like to install some Crestview doorlights on the front door.

Any experience with these? Do I need to get the insulated doorlights, or are the regular doorlights fine for an exterior door?

Any opinions on which ones would look best? I was going to go for the Pasadena, mostly because of the location of the decals on the front door. But I kind of like the Bellevue too.

Any lastly, any votes on paint color for the exterior door?

(The bears will be moving out when we move in.)


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Postby Joe » Sat Jan 23, 2010 8:34 pm

I vote to keep the door you have. it looks original. I am not a big fan of crestview doors. I would also replace the glass blocks with a sheet of obscure glass.

I would like to see more photos of your place too!

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Postby egads » Sun Jan 24, 2010 12:43 pm

I second (third? forth?) the idea that the biggest problem with the front is the glass block.

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Postby turboblown » Sun Jan 24, 2010 8:33 pm

Yeah....what Joe said!

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Postby Uncle Atom » Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:23 pm

Your door looks good as is. Our front door was a solid, plain looking door. I went with the Crestview Door kit (Grover) and I'm very happy with it. I have to add that I'm a fan of Crestview because they're making it possible to toss the big box inappropriate replacement doors that so many mid century homes have.



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Postby Perks » Tue Jan 26, 2010 7:24 am

I think I'm with the group: replace the acrylic block and keep the original door. I think you'd be pleased with the result.

I recently did a Crestview door light and it was a very simple install (hanging the new door was the bigger challenge). I bought the "Parkway" single-light kit--which, thankfully, required only one cutout (and which also had the benefit of being less costly).

I ordered the dual-pane, reeded glass because my door faces south and gets a lot of direct sun. It hasn't been through an L.A. summer yet, so I can't say if it actually makes a difference yet compared to my old door, which had six single-paned glass panels...but the dual panes do have a more sturdy feel to them.
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