Dutch Doors For a Homey, Cottage Feeling

Jeld-Wen is the only major door manufacturer that will sell you a dutch door. Other big door makers appear to have given up on the idea. This Oregon-based company custom-makes gorgeous dutch doors out of alder, cherry, juniper, mahogany, oak, walnut, and other domestic or exotic wood species. Even though they don't advertise it on their site, they also sell more affordable dutch doors in less precious woods like hemlock. Check with The Home Depot for their under-$500 dutch doors.

The online...MORE retailer Yesterday's Vintage Doors is another good place to find finely-crafted dutch doors. 

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    Walnut Exterior-Side Dutch Door

    Jeld-Wen Dutch Exterior Door
    © Jeld-Wen

    Jeld-Wen doesn't specify the type of wood used for this dutch door, but we would guess walnut. An exterior door, it opens to a back or side yard. Dutch doors work great when opening to less public areas of your property than the front. Cats come and go, vaulting the lower half. Neighbors saunter over to discuss kids, HOA, schools, or just to borrow that proverbial cup of sugar.

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    Craftsman Dutch Door

    Craftsman Dutch Door
    © Jeld-Wen

    Here's a dutch front exterior door in cherry wood from Jeld-Wen. This simple yet strong design has two faces. With both panels closed, its fierce Craftsman face provides safety against intruders and the elements. Yet with the top open, its friendly--or at least friendlier--face beckons visitors to come and chat for awhile...and maybe share a pot of tea. 

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    Glass Dutch Door

    Modern Glass Dutch Door
    © Jeld-Wen

    Despite owning an exterior door with a full lite (i.e., glass from top to bottom), glass below waist-level in a door can be concerning to some homeowners; the potential for accidentally breaking it is just too high. That being said, such is the price of beauty, isn't it?

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    Hardwood Dutch Door With Upper Window

    Wood Dutch Door With Window on Top
    © Yesterday's Vintage Doors

    At Yesterday's Vintage Doors, you "build" your dream dutch door using their online tool. At the cheaper end of the scale, a knotty pine exterior dutch will run about $1,805.  

    You'll never want to use the softer woods such as knotty pine or knotty alder in exposed locations. They work best in places that are fully covered by a porch.

    Note that the company's site quotes the same $1,805 price, even for finer exotic hardwoods such as African mahogany. We assume that this is in error; we have contacted them for clarification.