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My family and I downsized into a fixer upper last summer, a small 1940s cottage. Slowly but surely, one project at a time, we have been making it home. The charm and character of our house is one of my favorite things about our new purchase. Unfortunately, the charm factor was knocked down in a major way due to the unsightly security doors that came with the house.

For almost a year, instead of them making me feel safe, they made me feel as if I was in prison, I hated them. From the moment that we moved in, I have been planning their demise. Though the door that house was originally built with was the most energy efficient, I was looking for something that would allow more natural light to enter our home. After spending some time browsing online options, I finally found the opportunity last month to purchase a craftsman-style door. I also bought new decorative, but secure exterior door locks.

When the door finally came, it felt like Christmas had come early. Our local hardware store had removed our old door and installed our new door in only a couple of hours, and I couldn’t wait to finally make it functional. I called my local locksmith in Tampa, Efi Amoyal of America’s Lock and Key, who happens to be an expert in installing decorative front door locks. I’m so in love with my new doors.

See below for more tips from Efi of America’s Lock and Key about what to do when you find yourself locked out of your car or home.