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Home remodeling is an exciting and horrifying thing to go through. Yes, you want everything to look as you want it to, but do you really want to go through the process to make it look that way? Probably not. My blog is all about surviving a renovation project in your home. You will learn tips that will make it an easier process for your entire family. I have even included some easy to follow instructions for creating a make-shift kitchen to help you survive kitchen renovations without getting to know the pizza delivery guy more than you should.


surviving home renovation projects

6 Safety Features Your Front Door Must Have

Maykel Sloothaak

When you're selecting a new entry door for your home, it's important to look beyond curb appeal and consider how well it can protect your home from intruders. Exterior doors come in many styles and price ranges. They also come with different degrees of security. Here are some features every front door needs to do its job.

A solid core. Determined intruders can kick through a hollow core door. Make sure the door is at least 1 1/2 inches thick for the best protection.

A sturdy frame. A strong doorjamb makes it hard to break the door in. There should be no more than 1/8 inch of space between the door and the frame to keep someone from prying the door open.

Steel strike plates. The strike plate is the piece a deadbolt slides into. If this isn't strong enough, the doorjamb may splinter and let the door open during an attack.

Hinges that are located inside of the house. Exposed hinges are easy for a burglar to take apart in order to remove the door. If you must have the hinges on the outside, get the type where the pins cannot be removed.

High-quality locks with lock guards. While any lock can eventually be picked or broken, thieves prefer to make a quick entrance. Good locks slow them down. Lock guards protect against someone trying to pry the lock out of the door. They also give the door a more polished appearance.

Visual security. The strongest door is no help if someone lets an intruder into the house. For the best safety, use a multi-layered approach to seeing who is at the door.

  • An electronic security system with video and intercom capability lets you interact with a visitor while the door is still closed and locked. Select a system that is easy enough that everyone in the house can use it.
  • A peephole is a low-tech option that works even during power outages. Peepholes should offer a 180 degree view so intruders can't hide out of sight next to the doorway. Install the peephole at a height that works for everyone who answers the door. If someone in your home uses a wheelchair, install a second peephole at the appropriate height.
  • While you're deciding which peephole to get, think about also getting a peephole cover. This protects against a potential intruder using a reverse peephole viewer to see into your home.
  • Door chains may seem old-fashioned, but they offer a way to speak with a visitor and take a flyer without opening the door enough to let someone in. They come in different styles and finishes, so they can blend in with your home's decor.