Reusing Doors


 (fire-rated door, Mill Creek Net Zero Home)

Every interior door in the Mill Creek Net Zero Home was once used in a different application. There are thousands of doors thrown in the landfill every year in this city, which is a real shame.

Both Home Re-use-ables and Architectural Clearinghouse will come to you and pay you to pick up doors if you are tearing down a house or you’ve removed them for some other reason.

We saved a few doors from the old house that we deconstructed before building. For the rest, we paid $30 for old fir doors plywood doors, and $50 for solid core doors. That’s well under what they would cost new, but with two catches: they’re all different sizes, and they’re not pre-hung. Because of these two reasons, we paid more for the carpenter's installation labour.

We also bought antique hardware for the doors, including glass handles for $50/set. That may seem expensive, but it is competitive with brand new, mid-range door hardware.

I do have a few projects to complete (stripping and refinishing the more “rugged looking” doors), but I feel good every time I notice the character and beauty of the old-timey doors in our house.


(antique doors with glass knobs. They don’t make them like this anymore.)


(it’s tough to find reused 16” closet doors. Oak veneer? Hey, they’re reused, I’ve grown to like them!)



(bedroom closet doors. The blue one is from the old house that we deconstructed and tore down.)

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I bought a house last year that is from 1952 and I'm pretty sure the front door is the original door. I love the style of it with a smooth surface (no panels) and 3 rectangular windows down the middle but it is not energy efficient at all. I want to maintain the style but gain R value (and a good seal). I'm finding it difficult to find a reused exterior door that is energy efficient and has a little style to it. Are the exterior doors for Millcreek also reused? Are they steel or wood or something else?

Hi Mo,

Oops, I guess my original post was inaccurate. I should have said that every interior door is reused (I edited the post to show that).

So no, the exterior doors are not reused. Virtually any reused door will be significantly less efficient than a new one.

We put in fibreglass doors from Duxton. Not nearly as beautiful as a solid wood door, but much more energy efficient.


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