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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Construction saga: Windows, doors and hardware...Too many choices!

After several conversations with my contractor, a trip to the glass shop and several calls to other glass shops to compare prices, I've finally made a decision about my entry door and windows. I'm having a 36" solid slab front door...the same color orange as the one on the house...with very simple bronze hardware and tempered frosted/satin glass sidelights approximately 8-10" wide x 80" high on either side of the door. I'll have very simple cylindrical bronze porch lights on either side of that.

The windows in the bathroom, laundry room and kitchen will be the same frosted/satin glass that's 24" wide x 72" high. The sliding glass doors in my bedroom that lead out onto a deck will have a very narrow bronze frame and frosted glass. 

The salesperson at the glass store talked me into frosted/satin glass rather than reeded because he said that the reeded pattern is pretty much lost when they sandblast the back to make it more opaque. He assured me that the frosted/satin glass will let in lots of soft, beautiful light and give me complete privacy. So no window treatments in the entire apartment...exactly what I wanted to hear!!!


Door on the house,
probably to be replaced soon
with a flush door with no panels

Door/sidelight configuration for the apartment,
which will have the same color scheme...gray-green house, orange door.
I'm planning a small flagstone porch in front of the door,
with one or two flagstone steps up to the threshold.

Simple Schlage handleset and matching deadbolt
handlesets.com

Poseiden 12" bronze tube up/downlight
lampsplus.com

A proposed cedar overhang similar to this across the front
houzz.com

And a back door with frosted glass like this, opening onto a small deck
homedepot.com

Instead of being painted orange, the trim around the sidelights will probably be stained to match the overhang. And don't worry that I'll get cabin fever because I can't see outside. I'll be spending a lot of time during the day in the main house...or, when the weather is nice, outside with the boys...and as long as I have plenty of ambient light when I'm in the apartment and don't have to have curtains or blinds, I'll be happy as a clam.

I think I almost have my final selections made and can picture it all put together in my head at this point. Now to execute it...

On that note, why have I been so insensitive to your renovation woes? In the course of my adulthood, I've been through a couple of new constructions, but I was living comfortably in my old home while the new ones were being built. I've also gone through a few flooring jobs and a kitchen redo...but these were small jobs that took three or four days, tops.

To those of you who didn't receive adequate sympathy and encouragement from me for all the dust in your house and all the debris in your yard, the endless stream of workmen who seemed to be at your house from dark-thirty a.m. to dark-thirty p.m., the day-after-day hassle of having to get up earlier than you had any desire to get up so you could be dressed and have your car moved out of the driveway to make room for work trucks, vans and trailers, the incessant noise of jackhammers, nail guns, power saws and your neighbor's two dogs barking insanely at workmen the entire day and the annoying delays and do-overs...you have my deepest empathy now and my heartfelt apology for not offering it sooner!  (Incidentally,  the only two do-overs my contractor has had so far were tightening the toilet bolts and replacing the set screws for my towel rack that were lost by the plumbers, so I guess I'm golden in that category.)

17 comments:

  1. I love all of your choices. The front door will be fabulous. That is the kind of door I have imagined in the house we'll build someday. The light fixtures and door handles are really beautiful. I can't wait to see it all come together.

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    1. At first I thought I wanted a lot more glass on the front door side of the house, but it faces west, and during our extremely hot summers where we have 30+ days of temperatures over 100, I'll probably be glad that most of my light is coming from the east and the south. With as much glass as I had originally wanted, the afternoons would have been really hot and blindingly bright.

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  2. We went through a major house remodel in 2011 and yes I hear you, I could handle most of the chaos, but the driveway issue drove me nuts day in and day out:) I ended up putting it in writing to my contractor to tell all his subs to not even look at my driveway. It was a 6 months long project and I can proudly say I only lost it a couple times:)

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    1. I'm glad to know that I'm not the only person who is bugged by the driveway issue. I thought I was just being lazy and whiny...LOL

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  3. Oh how envious I am! Haha Pontipee Hall is at a stand still until further notice. Im hoping to buy Inslation as a valentine present to myself.

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    1. You got so much done in record time for Thanksmas that I'm sure you needed this time to recover from all the breakneck work you guys did. I know it seems like it will never be finished...but let's just keep reminding each other that THIS IS JUST TEMPORARY.

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  4. That's what I keep telling myself too... Again- very beautiful choices, Dana, it's going to be a gem:-)

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    1. I'm dying to see some hints about your redo. Any pictures soon?

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  5. Thank you in arrears for the late sympathy. We did this last year. These guys got to our house at o-dark-thirty and I had to be OUT of the shower, bedroom area before they got in. Sometimes I didn't make it. YIKES. On the front door, you know i always throw in my two cents when i get the urge... We have a sidelight on ours and it faces west. I had to put a blind on it that essentially blacks it out. That is because our dining table is directly behind the front door. Hard to visualize but welcome to the 50's yes? Anyway, if you are unfortunate to sit in the chair facing the door,you are squinting the whole time. So when I redo the door, although i love glass panes and sidelights, husband will fight me to the death or have a dual or something over it. Sheesh. i think it looks good though.

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    1. Hmmmm...I may have to do some experimenting. There's no seating near the sidelights, but now I'm wondering if it will cause a glare on the TV. I'll have to ask the people at the glass store.

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    2. I will, but I'm betting I'll find out that the frosted glass has enough opacity to keep from being terribly bright, and it's UV treated as well. The salesperson told me it creates a very soft, filtered light. What kind of glass did you have?

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  6. This is going to be absolutely stunning; love all your choices!

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    1. The framing is done, new joists are going up tomorrow, the new roof is going on Saturday, and they tell me things will move really quickly from now on. I should be all moved in soon!

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  7. Dana, have you looked into Crestview Doors at all? I went through them and we gave my door a complete MCM restore. http://www.crestviewdoors.com/browse/products.html

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