Sunday, December 7, 2014

greenhouse (doors)

the great door swap has begun.  we found a couple of very nice barely-used doors at the local glass shop (the same place we got the glass we're using for glazing the walls of the greenhouse).  they're heavy steel exterior doors with dual glazed windows in them.  they look almost new and we can't figure out why anyone would get rid of them---but we're happy they did.  we would have had to pay at least a couple hundred dollars each for new doors like these (and drive to merced---horror)---we only paid $40 each for them.  the down side is that since they were used (most new doors come pre-hung) staal had to build jambs for them---he did a beautiful job.

the greenhouse will have a total of three doors in it when it's done.  one on the east wall, one on the south wall, and one that links it directly with the interior of the house (west wall).  so here's how the door swap goes:  the west wall door, which was just an interior bedroom door, was replaced with one of the new doors we got from the glass company.  the east wall got the door from the room above the garage and the room above the garage got the other new door.  the south wall will get the door that was taken out when staal replaced the door from the house to the kitchen garden with a new dual glazed door that we got from lowe's.  kind of a musical chairs kind of thing.

here's how things are looking so far (staal's been a busy guy):

removal of upstairs door



one of the doors from the glass shop in its lovely new jamb that staal put together






the door from upstairs was weathered and starting to come apart so staal did some work on it before hanging it.




it looks better on the greenhouse than it did upstairs.




and here's what happened with door number two from the glass shop...






the slab in the greenhouse is pretty wonky (and not just the bit with the tree root in it).  staal had to do a little leveling with some concrete patch to get the bottom of the jamb supported and sealed.


i love all the beautiful finishing touches he puts into his work...


the new door is wider than the door that was taken out.  this gap in the trim will give us some room for something creative.


one more door to go (south wall)---but that is for a future post.