Retro front doors for your 40s, 50s or 60s ranch house — from Crestview Doors

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I was poking around the internet last night, and bounced right into this great new company, Crestview Doors, based in Austin, Texas.

A very cool story of a couple working to renovate their mid century home. They couldn’t find the right front door ala one down the street – so they started their own company.

Aren’t these beautiful? They’re solid wood, double-paned glass, and based on classic designs that were abundantly available in the post war years. There are a bunch more on their website, along with a great graphic that helps you choose a door based on your home’s decade of construction. For example, the door to the far right — the “Grover” model — was probably the most common door on 40s, 50s and 60s ranches. (Note, if you’ve got a colonial exterior, like I do, this kind of modern style door is probably not the way to go.)

You only have one chance to make a good impression — start with your front door! This looks like a great resource. Thank you, Crestview Doors!

The photo below: Doors in their Austin neighborhood! So cool!

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Comments

  1. Amy says

    This is a fun site! Does anyone have a good site for screen doors? Some of the screen doors they picture above are just the style I’m looking for, the aluminum ones with a designed kick plate – particularly like the one in the bottom row, 8th from the left – just like Grandma’s house… I’ve seen doors like these; however, we have 28″ opening – seems most doors are 30″ and bigger. Any ideas would be appreciated!

  2. Robert says

    A) Doors like this are not out of reach. Just go to your local home store or door store. My mother in the last year got one stained glass. They just take a non-hollow core/solid core (what ever you call them) door and cut out and put the glass in and trim on. So same with plain or frosted glass. So they are within reach in your community for not exorbitant money.
    B) I have been searching for two days for a guy that I could swear was in TX that made retro storm doors and haven’t found that site yet. But here is a link I found for inserts.

    http://www.hiphaven.com

    Here are the storm inserts:
    http://www.hiphaven.com/Pages/P_Vintage_Screen.html

  3. says

    Just to bring this back to the front, Crestview has changed up a little bit. They no longer sell complete doors, but they now sell a DIY kit with an infinite number of window options to pick from. All you have to do it go to your local supply store and get the appropriate flat steel or fiberglass door. I priced one over the weekend at $115, plus the cost of the kit from Crestview. As soon as we get the countertops done, the door is next on the list, with a little 5″x5″ window all the way at the bottom so the dogs can look outside.

  4. says

    I typed in crestview doors and down at the bottom, it says click to chat, and someone was there to help me immediately. The lady gave me the same information that Joe gave me. You just order the door kit and find someone to fit it for you. All I need to do now is find a flush door. That is after my hardwood floors and painting my bathroom. :)

  5. says

    I typed in crestview doors and down at the bottom, it says click to chat, and someone was there to help me immediately. The lady gave me the same information that Joe gave here. You just order the door kit and find someone to fit it for you. All I need to do now is find a flush door. That is after my hardwood floors and painting my bathroom. :)

    • Shelly says

      Peggy

      Did you ever find flush wood doors?

      I can only find flush wood grained fiberglass doors and I don’t know if this will look appropriate.

  6. Jala says

    Crestview does have a REALLY nice selection but readers do note that when you add up the build-it-yourself DIY kit (just the door) plus windows, frame ( don’t forget!), hardware, finish- paint or stain and the expected unexpected within older homes, you’re looking a over $1000.00 for a door.

  7. Melissa says

    Anyone know where to get replacement hardware (door knobs) for the old wooden screen doors that came on my 50’s ranch? They are small brass knobs w/brass plate… The drill chuck that I’m currently using is getting old!

  8. Abby Vanderbilt says

    Hi Pam,
    I am trying to find a retro interior door for my new build retro style laundry room. I have been unsuccessful in convincing my husband and kids that beads would be perfect so I am looking for other ideas. Did interior doors in mid-century homes have a particular style? I see that screens were popular but I don’t think they would work on my laundry room door. I have not given up completely on the beads – can you suggest sites that sell authentic mid-century beads for door ways?

    Thanks as always for your suggestions!

    Abby

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