The hubby finished the dutch doors. We use the back porch, but when we go away for the day, we like to leave the dogs locked in the porch, so that they don't get on my furniture. The only room the dogs are not allowed in is the living room, because Jake would sneak onto my furniture and now that I have leather furniture there is no way he is going to be allowed in there. I do not let them into the living room and if we don't lock them out when we go away, they will go right to the furniture! The old gate was a real al -cheap- o! I also, leave the dogs on the back porch during mud season until they dry off!