How to trim a door?

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Posted by: from Lethbridge
11/25/2018 at 3:11:42 PM

I had a contractor Finish my basement and this is how he left the one door to trim. How can I trim it or should I make Him fix it?

I am comfortable do standard trim by myself so I just had him frame and drywall. But the door that goes under the stairs is inset a bit and the one side is flush with the all and the other side is not because the other wall is longer.

I'm not sure what to correct way to trim this or if i should make him tear out the door and move it out and build up the other side so it is flush.

Is this a normal installation cause to me it just seems not.

I'm not happy with this contractors overall job and can fix mostly everything else but this is something I am struggling with and I paid him a great deal of money. And now I have figure out how to trim this door so it doesn't look horrible.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

How to trim a door?
How to trim a door?
How to trim a door?
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Date/Time11/25/2018 at 9:00:43 PM

Hi Mary Ann,

From your pictures, the contractor installed the door properly. What they didn't do was address the offset door frame due to the one wall being longer.

To fix this you need to build out the remaining wall to flush it with the build out, or peel the drywall back and cut that longer wall back to flush it with the inset wall.

You can pull the door frame out to flush it with the longer wall and then use a filler strip or MDF flat trim behind whatever door casing you use on the inset part of the wall to fill the gap and making the trim flush with itself all the way around. This is the simplest fix, but leaves an awkward look that you'll have to decide if you're comfortable with. The other two ways would make the door frame look as it should.

Good luck, and as for the contractor you can discuss it with them and see if they're willing to come back to address the issue. Otherwise, doing it yourself is all about whether you're able to do it yourself. If you have doubts, vet another contractor should the other contractor refuse to come back.

Best of luck

- Tim

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