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posted: 11/5/2017 6:00 AM

Family frustrated with dark, damaged doors

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  • The Olexa family of North Aurora has updated their new home, but the doors are still problematic.

    The Olexa family of North Aurora has updated their new home, but the doors are still problematic.

  • Winslow craftsman-style doors are one of the most popular styles installed by HomeStory of Chicago.

    Winslow craftsman-style doors are one of the most popular styles installed by HomeStory of Chicago.
    Courtesy of HomeStory of Chicago

 
By Rachel Olexa of North Aurora

My husband and I finally bought our first house in April. We love the house we purchased, but it needed work. We spent four weeks painting every inch of it and installed new carpet, because it smelled of smoke and animals. Unfortunately, the smoke smell has remained in part because of the doors.

The doors are not just foul smelling. Almost every door has a giant hole or dents in them. Even the door to my 1-year-old's room has multiple dents and has sticker residue on it. The locks on the doors can stick, and I often worry that my 1-year-old will get locked in her bedroom!

We would love to replace the doors so she can be in an environment that is safe, free of that smoke and doesn't have splintering wood around her. Our house has been a labor of love, and we hope to give it a little more TLC with new doors.

Design by HomeStory of Chicago

Expert: General manager Kate Zeller, www.homestorychicago.com.

The Olexa family bought a fixer-upper home recently and have put a lot of work into removing the old pet and smoke smells. The one thing that will bring all their hard work together and rid any lingering smells once and for all is getting new doors! They have old, dark flat-panel doors that have bad odors, don't function correctly, and some even have holes in them. They would really benefit from not only the brightening effect new doors have on the whole house, but also the safety of properly functioning doors for their family.

Budget: $10,000

Suggestions

• HomeStory recommends replacing these damaged, dark doors with Winslow craftsman-style doors, one of our most popular styles. This elegant and classy door will brighten and transform the look and feel of your entire home.

HomeStory's unique door-replacement system allows us to digitally measure the existing doorway and custom cut a door to fit your existing frame. We can replace all the doors in your home in just a few hours with no construction mess or hassle.

• Repaint door frames. Our doors are factory painted with professional grade paint, and we can provide you with paint color information to take to your local store to paint the walls and frames a matching or coordinating color.

• Add new knobs or levers and you will have a beautiful rejuvenated home!

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