My front door has this configuration:

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I'd like to swap the door with the side panel to obtain this configuration (without flipping anything):

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Would that be feasible? By feasible, I mean simple enough to be overall cheaper than replacing everything :)

The images above refer to configuration. The actual doorset I have installed is similar (except the panel and door are swapped) to the following one: enter image description here

The door swings inside, is fairly recent and I believe it is PVC. The door and side panel look like two independent modules, with the junction covered by a wooden slab held in place by some visible sealant. That's why I was wondering whether it's possible.

More precisely, here are two pictures of the junction in the middle. This is the bottom part, where the door set meets the floor, taken from the inside. These images depict the actual door in question.

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If the two units are indeed modular as you've described, then you can probably make this work. Some caveats:

  • The two units are obviously connected somehow. This is probably done with a combination of mechanical fasteners (screws, brackets) and sealant. You'll need to figure out how to separate them without damaging the other seals and joints, and then you'll need to reconnect them using metal plates, etc., along with sealant.
  • There may have been a weatherseal/mounting flange around the outside of the assembly when it was installed. This would now be behind the stucco finish on the building, and you'd have to cut it away without damaging your stucco.
  • When you reinstall you'll need to weatherproof without the benefit of the flanges. Strategically placed, high quality caulk could do the job, possibly backed by rope caulk or other filler. I doubt that you'll have room for spray foam insulation, but you could use that if you do. I'd use urethane caulk on the outside. It's extremely sticky and durable.
  • I'm not sure what the threshold situation will look like. That's an area of particular concern, since leaks can eventually damage the floor system framing as well as the finished floor. I'd have a plan before I begin.

Now if you have the means to re-work the stucco, you can cut it back a few inches and work the project as if it was new construction. That would be ideal, but obviously much more expensive.

Original answer:

Not really. It was constructed as a unit, and reversing it would require all the hardware mounting locations to be reversed as well as the frame members. It would be a massive operation and you'd probably lose both structural integrity and weather sealing in the process.

  • "all the hardware mounting locations to be reversed": I am not sure I get what you meant. My idea was "simply" to swap the frames, since they are independent modules and have the same height.
    – anon
    Mar 6, 2019 at 17:08
  • Thank you for your interest: actually no, in the middle it looks more like a junction of two posts rather than a single one. I mentioned that in the original post, but you're right, a picture would have been better: I edited the post to add two.
    – anon
    Mar 7, 2019 at 14:13
  • Much appreciated, thank you for the detailed answer. I think there is motivation now for getting some quotes from local traders, now. I will first try to inspect the thing myself, using your points as a guidance, however.
    – anon
    Mar 7, 2019 at 14:32

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