Instead of the red letter day (which couldn’t happen during a mail strike) we had a red door day at our house! It was a long long time in the making but finally 2 of the 4 screen doors are installed. As you may or may not remember we had them custom milled and shipped out to us – last summer. We then had a debate about stained versus painted and if painted what colors. Once the debate was over it was then time for the action on the doors to happen and so they became stained on the interior (where they face and the rest of the wood is stained) with the exterior being painted – red for main floor doors. The second floor door leading to our balcony (maybe coming in 2012 or 2013) color is still to be determined. So that is a lot of “fancy” painting and careful staining and varnishing especially when you consider how intricate the screens are. It seemed to take me most of the winter – really but I guess in terms of hours it probably wasn’t all that long. I could have hurried up but we were waiting for a paid carpenter to install them and it took from December contact to April to finally get the wheels rolling. For various reasons Ron had decided not to do this job himself. So on Tuesday Trevor came to install the doors – it was pouring rain (and rained all day up here on the hill) which really isn’t any more conducive than the cold was in January and February so he left his work trailer and the doors at our place. Wednesday dawned bright and warm and Trevor spent the morning installing the first two doors.
Quick and efficient and with minimial fuss Trevor had the two doors installed.
We were using the scaffolding so he couldn’t get access to the other main floor door (which is above the walk out) or the balcony door so he will return to do those when we have the scaffolding set up (and a big thank you to Rick Kalenchuk for the loan of it). Once Trevor finished I then had to paint (twice) the four edges of the door and put on another coat of varnish (with a couple of touch ups of stain first). The screens and glass inserts are easily interchangeable which will be lovely.
The front door from the outside – the interior door oval window matches the screen door. It’s a huge step up from the previous door on there!
The back door with the dogs “standing” guard! Well actually sitting which was quite a feat considering they follow me everywhere!
It is such a pleasure to be able to leave the back door open and have additonal light in the porch. Nice for watching sunsets as well.
On the last day off of our week the third loft was sided despite the thunder, lightening and rain. Tonight it got the first red coat and tomorrow the second. It feels pretty good to look out and see siding versus Typar and it is super nice to feel like we have made some progress.
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