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Creating a Traditional Front Door Surround with Versatex PVC

Ever look at an older home and the front door and surrounding trim catches your eye? On this project in Brewster, NY we took advantage of the opportunity to replace some rotted trim to create a traditional front entry door surround using Versatex PVC. The front door was still in good condition and was not in the budget to replace.

<noscript><img decoding=async class= wp image 1053 lazyload src=httpsstaging2TEKRAbuilderscomwp contentuploads201911Entry Door BEFORE 300x300jpg alt= width=552 height=552 srcset=httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads201911Entry Door BEFORE 300x300jpg 300w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads201911Entry Door BEFORE 150x150jpg 150w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads201911Entry Door BEFORE 768x768jpg 768w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads201911Entry Door BEFORE 1024x1024jpg 1024w sizes=max width 552px 100vw 552px ><noscript> Front entry door before trim SourceTEKRA Builders
<noscript><img loading=lazy decoding=async class= wp image 1052 lazyload src=httpsstaging2TEKRAbuilderscomwp contentuploads201911Entry Door AFTER 300x300jpg alt= width=551 height=551 srcset=httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads201911Entry Door AFTER 300x300jpg 300w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads201911Entry Door AFTER 150x150jpg 150w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads201911Entry Door AFTER 768x768jpg 768w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads201911Entry Door AFTER 1024x1024jpg 1024w sizes=max width 551px 100vw 551px ><noscript> Completed front door surround by TEKRA Builders Source TEKRA Builders

Benefits of Using PVC Trim

For a front door surround, or any outdoor trim application, PVC is a great solution. It’s mold and mildew-resistant, and won’t rot, crack, split or warp. Versatex Trimboard has a variety of stock molding profiles that makes creating traditional details simple and attainable.

For more information on the benefits of using PVC trim, check out our blog post, Pros and Cons of PVC Trim.

Design Inspiration

The main inspiration for this project came from digging through architecture books on traditional homes, specifically Get Your House Right by Marianne Cusato. Her book, detailing architectural elements to use and avoid, is an excellent resource for understanding specific design elements. The following details are excerpts from her book.

<noscript><img loading=lazy decoding=async class= wp image 1055 lazyload src=httpsstaging2TEKRAbuilderscomwp contentuploads201911Entry Door Surround Details 300x180png alt= width=708 height=425 srcset=httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads201911Entry Door Surround Details 300x180png 300w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads201911Entry Door Surround Details 768x460png 768w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads201911Entry Door Surround Detailspng 974w sizes=max width 708px 100vw 708px ><noscript> Trabeated door surround details Source Get Your House Right by Marianne Cusato
<noscript><img loading=lazy decoding=async class= wp image 1056 lazyload src=httpsstaging2TEKRAbuilderscomwp contentuploads201911Versatex Entry Surround Details 2 300x300png alt= width=514 height=514 srcset=httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads201911Versatex Entry Surround Details 2 300x300png 300w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads201911Versatex Entry Surround Details 2 150x150png 150w sizes=max width 514px 100vw 514px ><noscript> Trabeated door surround details Source Get Your House Right by Marianne Cusato
<noscript><img loading=lazy decoding=async class= wp image 1057 lazyload src=httpsstaging2TEKRAbuilderscomwp contentuploads201911Versatex Entry Surround Details 3 136x300png alt= width=281 height=620 srcset=httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads201911Versatex Entry Surround Details 3 136x300png 136w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads201911Versatex Entry Surround Details 3png 345w sizes=max width 281px 100vw 281px ><noscript> Trabeated door surround details Source Get Your House Right by Marianne Cusato

Nailing the Details with Stock Versatex Moldings

The goal for this door surround was to create an elegant front entrance, but do so while keeping it simple, easily attainable, and cost-effective. Versatex offers a ton of stock molding profiles that are available at our local lumberyard.

For the pilasters, we used a 6×6 Versawrap that we cut in half to use on each side. We also used their Accent wrap and base moldings at the bottom of each pilaster.

PVC moldings used to create a traditional front door surround
<noscript><img loading=lazy decoding=async class= wp image 1054 lazyload src=httpsstaging2TEKRAbuilderscomwp contentuploads201911Versatex Entry Surround Details 300x216jpg alt= width=661 height=476 srcset=httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads201911Versatex Entry Surround Details 300x216jpg 300w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads201911Versatex Entry Surround Details 768x554jpg 768w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads201911Versatex Entry Surround Details 1024x739jpg 1024w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads201911Versatex Entry Surround Detailsjpg 1419w sizes=max width 661px 100vw 661px ><noscript> PVC Moldings from Versatex Trimboard<br >Source TEKRA Builders

Resources

Cusato, Marianne, et al. Get Your House Right: Architectural Elements to Use & Avoid. Sterling, 2001.

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Dan Arket