The trimless EZY-Jamb doors have been a hot topic on this blog; in fact, my introduction to EZY-Jamb ranks number two in traffic for the whole blog. Recently, one of my readers asked a series of very good questions about the doors in the comments. I feel like the answers to those questions deserves its own post with pictures and now that the house is being finished out it’s the perfect time to write that post so here it is.
How are the gaps around the doors?
The gaps look pretty good. I don’t think EZY-Jamb is more prone to looking wonky with uneven gaps than a traditional wooden jamb, but with everything painted white and no trim to distract the eye any flaws will be magnified. One thing EZY-Jamb does have going for it is its thick metal construction that ensures a straight jamb. I can tell that the carpenters did pay attention and they put in some effort to make them look right. Judge for yourself:
How do you finish the transition from the jamb to the baseboard?
In addition to the flush door jambs we had flush baseboards installed. This makes for a somewhat awkward transition where the steel EZY-Jamb and the wood baseboard meet. There wasn’t really a preconceived plan for how to finish these spots. One day at my weekly meeting with the builder as we were checking out the recently installed jambs we came up with a single option – just filling it all in with mud and butting the baseboard to it. This method seems to be the only workable solution and like most things attention to detail is critical. Fixing this on many of the doors will be on the punch list. There are a few rough areas with voids so I think going over it again with some mud and sandpaper will make it look great.
What about hinges?
Concealed hinges perfect the look of flush doors, but we found them to be prohibitively expensive and they require yet more skilled labor to install into the door. We went with the standard Rocyork hinges that look just a tad classier than your typical door hinge if that’s possible.
Would you do them again?
Absolutely! EZY-Jamb is the most cost-effective way that I have found to get the look of trimless flush doors. They are high-quality components and installation is straightforward, but they do require some attention to detail. Unfortunately for most of us installers that have experience with the product are hard to find so naturally homeowners who want to use them should work through it in detail with their contractor. Lastly, the customer support from Studco has been excellent. They were a great help both before and after the sale.
We also have some EZY-Jamb pocket doors that turned out just as good as the hinged doors. I will follow up with a post about those too.