Our 6th source for midcentury modern entry doors – fiberglass, from Home Depot

Midcentury-entry doorsEven Home Depot is getting into the market for midcentury modern front doors, with three midcentury modern entry door styles available on their website, for in-store delivery. The line of fiberglass entry doors — by Builder’s Choice — is available in a variety of factory paint finishes — including a pretty candy-apple red and a skylark blue — or in a primed and ready-to-paint version. Thanks to reader Kay for this tip!

Midcentury-entry doorsThe doors are available through homedepot.com only and retail for between $599-$959 depending on the style and options you choose.

From the product description:

This beautifully pre-finished Builder’s Choice Premium door system is designed of industry leading fiberglass to complement your everyday living. It offers you a bold architecturally designed entryway that enhances modern to retro style homes. It delivers many years of durable quality you can rely on day in and day out as our fiberglass doors resist denting, rotting, rusting, cracking, and warping. This Builder’s Choice Premium door system will provide your home with the security you have come to expect from an industry leading fiberglass door, and offers the opportunity to brighten your entryway with its optional attractive glass inserts. This door will save you time and money during installation and in the future with all of its added features, strength, and energy savings.

  • Prehung on a primed jamb
  • Nickel hinges
  • Bronze composite adjustable sill/threshold
  • Primed brickmould exterior casing

Initially, Pam wondered if these doors might be made as a Home Depot “house brand” by Therma Tru, which offers the Pulse line of midcentury style doors But, I reached out to my media contact at Therma Tru, who verified that the Builder’s Choice doors at Home Depot are not made by them. She says that Therma Tru has an exclusive relationship with Lowe’s — so you will not find their Pulse line in any other big box retailer.

So far, these midcentury modern style Builder’s Choice doors are getting good reviews on Home Depot’s website.

We are chasing additional information about these doors, including (1) country of origin and (2) who is Builder’s Choice (we can’t find a website for this manufacturer.) Meanwhile, we wanted to get this info out there.

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  1. Robin, NV says:

    I’m glad to see one of the big box stores is getting into the midcentury swing. Maybe it’s a sign that consumers are seeking out modest decor rather than the faux oppulence that was so popular in the 2000s. I hope so. When I redid my kitchen counters, lots of people asked me if I was getting granite. I thought that was the silliest question ever – granite in my modest, tiny, galley style kitchen would be completely out of place. I also wonder – what will happen to all of that granite when people want the next big thing? It makes me sad that a non renewable resource will be chucked simply for the next design fad.

  2. virginia says:

    I’m glad that we kept our very mid-Century front door with two square plates of glass embedded diagonally. I do paint it different colors every few years and have festooned it with large vinyl polka dots which sounds dreadful but actually works. And I found a good black and white No Soliciting sign — sharply done — and added it to the mix. Sounds insane but I like the combo. Front doors are like canvasses really attached to the front of one’s shack.

    1. Sandra says:

      ooh, can you share a picture? We have a sturdy door on our midcentury modern ranch house in Chicago but it’s boring. I can’t justify the expense of a whole new door but would love to paint it.

    2. Gayla says:

      I would love to know where you found the no soliciting sign. I took down the ugly one that was on our mailbox when I replaced it with a great new mid century design. I haven’t found one that isn’t horrible.

  3. virginia says:

    I got the No Soliciting in a solid black and white from Etsy and will try to get to back to you on that in a real way. I’m picky and wouldn’t put just anything up. Got super tired of being bugged and asked for the cashish especially with our son in college — Local to VA but without our going for loans that will kiil him and us on the back end. Will post and will also finally ask my son to send some pictures in of our place. I don’t know how and will not be a classic Retro Reno feature but can show maybe what can be done when you grow up in two different worlds (USA and Brasil) and are born in 1955 in Hendersonville, NC, and learn to make a life for yourself with real advantages and some heartaches. I love our house even when I don’t love love love my life.

    And this site is national treasure.

        1. DIY April says:

          Just bought 400 sf. of tile there for $281. A few weeks ago I noticed on Facebook that a local artist bought a retro door for an art project. Hopefully there is more when I’m ready.

  4. Wes says:

    Has anyone purchased one of these yet? I’m thinking of ordering soon and wondered if there were any reviews besides the ones on Home Depot’s site.

    1. FlamingoPink says:

      We have the Therma Tru doors from Lowe’s with the 3 large windows down the center. They are awesome doors and they look great in my 1960’s ranch house. Much better than the hollow core 1960’s doors that were on the house when we moved in. The hollow core look really awesome but they were not good for Indiana winters.

  5. Remodeler says:

    We recently ordered and installed a 5 lite w/rainglass from the Home Depot online site. I don’t remember where I saw it but it does say Thermatru on the packaging somewhere.

    We ordered it primed and painted it ourselves. The fiberglass is great to paint.

    The standard jamb size (4-9/16″) won’t work for most midcentury homes so plan on popping off the exterior trim to add jamb extensions and get a 1 ” (or larger if needed) Thermatru aluminum sill extension from a lumberyard. It’s a decent door for the price and looks great.

  6. Zoe says:

    I have a really great Schlage with starburst escutcheon, that has a 5″ backset. I am wondering if the “Builder’s Choice” line can be used with 5″ backset-set hardware? I was excited when the Therma-tru “Pulse” line was released but disappointed when my inquiry to the manufacturer revealed that the door could not support the 5″ backset (basically only the fiberglas skin and the foam core would be supporting the hardware). Any thoughts?

  7. Joan Becich says:

    I just saw the fiberglass door made by Therma Tru at the Medford, Oregon home show yesterday…it is called the Ari 3 lite. The same type of door is manufactured by Masonite.

    What I am looking for is a mid century garage door that has three panels, not four. Anybody with any ideas out there? It is challenging to make a very big and broad two car garage door look good!

    1. Gerry Stairet says:

      I looked at the Masonite site and they have a Modern Line. It looks like the lites/windows have a flat profile frame similar to the new Therma-Tru option. Also the Masonite line has diamond lite options including having just 1 diamond lite in the top center of the door. I wish any of the door companies would features a 3- diamond or square design that would be offset similar to the old Grover from Crestview. But at least there are some more options.

  8. Gerry says:

    Therma-Tru now has the option of a flat profile lite frame around the door windows as well as the previous scrolled lite frame. The flat profile lite option really improves the look of the doors. I need to replace my “country style” door soon and the Pulse line with flat profile 3 lites will be my choice.

  9. Cynthia C says:

    Recently ordered the 5 light with clear glass for a remodel we’re doing. Gorgeous door and the windows came marked with ThermaTru labels! Can’t wait to paint it and get it installed!

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