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02-04-15, 01:29 PM   #1  
Help with privacy entry door

I want to replace my front door with something like this door. The problem is that my stairs going up are right there and at the top is my hall bathroom. I have been unable to find a single door that is fully private. Do they make doors that are fully private? I really don't want to spend a $1000 on a door, so I was hoping to spend under $500. This door is the same style as I currently have and I really don't like it but at least it's private. Any help would be appreciated.

 
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02-04-15, 02:46 PM   #2  
I'm not sure what you want, the more glass a door has the more chance there is to view thru it. They make solid panel doors[no windows] if you want to stop all viewing access.


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02-04-15, 03:15 PM   #3  
How about a picture of the door you have now.
Your post says like this door, but there's no picture.
If your door has windows, just add some window film.
Comes in dozens of different styles, whole lot cheaper and easier then installing a new door.

 
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02-06-15, 09:47 AM   #4  
What I meant to say is do they make entry doors like the one I posted that is 100% opaque? Other things I have read have suggested the glass comes in a privacy rating but I have never seen any indicator on a door at Home Depot. The first link has the door style that I like but there is an outer band of glass that is clear. If I get out of the shower and girl scouts are knocking at my door to sell cookies, it may not be pretty. Yea I can shut my door but that is the beauty of living alone


Your post says like this door, but there's no picture.
That's funny the link works for me. He is the door link that I currently have.

JELD-WEN Premium Fan Lite Primed Steel Entry Door with Brickmold-THDJW184500203 - The Home Depot

My current door I got some shelf paper that looks opaque and covered up each individual glass. It looks OK, but I was hoping not to have to do that to a new door. Maybe I can contact the vendor that makes the door I like and ask them if they make a door that is fully opaque.

 
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02-06-15, 10:42 AM   #5  
If you go custom, you'll have options on the glass and the degree of privacy. Unfortunately, this is going to cost more, especially if you're looking at fancier doors.
Your links are working. I think Joecaption just doesn't seem to see them. However, like he says, you can get privacy window film put on.


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02-06-15, 11:35 AM   #6  
Opaque means that light won't pass through, the word you want is obscured.

I have a door with a glass panel (about 12 inches wide and 18 inches tall) that looks like leaded glass. It is somewhat obscured but at various points a person CAN see through it. Like you, I live alone and often do not close the bathroom door which can be seen from the front door. I definitely do not close it when taking a shower. What I did only a few days after moving in was to place a piece of cardboard taped at the top over this glass so it is essentially hinged. I can lift the cardboard if I want to look out but normally it is closed. I admit that is a redneck cure.

What you might want to consider is a glass frosting solution. The glass frosting is permanent (could be scraped of in necessary down the road) and totally prevents seeing through the glass while still allowing light through. Spray-on glass frosting is readily available at many big box mega-mart homecenters, Wally*World and real paint stores. Might have to look in the arts and crafts section rather than paint.

 
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02-06-15, 01:53 PM   #7  
Spray-on glass frosting is readily available
IMO that is the way to go if the door glass is small but if you were to replace the door with one with big oval glass - I'd want it done professionally, either by sandblasting the existing glass or replacing it with whatever obscure glass suits your fancy.

I live alone and often do not close the bathroom door which can be seen from the front door. I definitely do not close it when taking a shower.
While my bath door can't be seen from the front door [there is a window in the shower that opens to the front porch] privacy is something I don't think about ..... but where I live if I had a shower head in the front yard [with hot water please] I could take a shower there and nobody would notice


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